The main difference between the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree and the
Master of Arts (MA) degree is the percentages of liberal arts courses
and fine arts courses you will take.
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Individuals wishing to receive advanced training prior to becoming a
practicing musician, dancer, artist or writer often choose an MFA
program. With a more intense focus on art courses (65-85%) and less
focus on liberal arts courses (15-35%), the MFA provides more hands-on
experience for aspiring artists. The MFA is a 2-year or 60-credit
Master of Arts (MA)
The MA focuses approximately 50% of the course work on liberal arts and
50% on visual arts. An MA may be completed in as little as 1 year or 30
degree in fine arts opens up three basic lines of work,
--- doing art for artīs sake: the life, the romance, the
misery of being always on the brink of bankruptcy, the occasional
success, the even rarest: the artists that actually become self
sufficient and well known enough for art galleries to put up their
work. I know, I have been there.
--- teaching, if you can get one of those prized jobs at a
university or college, your are pretty much fixed. Hourly teaching
is no fun and there is little money. But a hire from a reputable
university could have you sitting pretty. It is possible also to
find teaching art at high schools and so on. Yet, for one single
opening at a local high school, there were more than 500 applicants.
A masters level degree should increase your chances of being hired
--- doing graphic arts: if you take the time, and the
three or four years additional time to get yourself quite proficient
in Illustrator, Photoshop, Paint, and other Macromedia and or Adobe
suites, graphic arts can actually be a great line of work, should
you be able to find a job. It is doable though. (There are other
venues for you: you can go the crafty way, and one that is much
appreciated in some ethnic groups is decorating automobiles).
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