Considering a Masters of Fine Arts degree?

Posted on November 03, 2010

The Masters of Fine Arts (or MFA) is a continuation of studies for those who are considering taking their love of the arts to the highest level. Many students wishing to pursue this degree will use the time they will receive in the studio to hone their skills, explore their artistic endeavors and find their niche or voice if you will. Masters of Fine Arts programs are also used as a time to delve deeply into literature such as poetry, epics, plays, and classic literature that students often miss out on, but have formed the great artistic movements of the world. A Masters of Fine Arts degree is recommended to anyone wishing to develop their skills, learn the theory behind the great artists of the world, and have the studio time to hone their craft.

There are also many other great reasons to pursue an MFA. One of the most overlooked benefits of participating in a Masters of Fine Arts program is the community in which you get to participate. You will no longer be bogged down by general education classes and other distracting requirements of an undergraduate program. Instead you are freed up to fully participate in the shared knowledge of world class faculty and other students. Just about any person with a Fine Arts Degree will tell you it’s the other hard-working, up-and-coming artists: poets, writers, sculptors, painters, and designers that will not only push you, but broaden your horizons. It is often through this network of new formed relationships that you are exposed to much contemporary artists and writers. These are the people that are on the forefront of the art community and will expose you to great living artists, not just studying work by dead people in a book.

A Masters of Fine Arts is for students who have already completed a bachelors or undergraduate degree. Most students pursuing an MFA will have completed a Bachelors of Fine Arts, but it is not required.

Students pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts generally emerge from the program with new insights not only to the contemporary world of art, but also into their own hearts and minds fueling their creative endeavors. The MFA degree is highly recommended for anyone wanting to reach new heights in their artistic career. While significant time will be needed in the studio honing your skills, there are several online education choices for programs that work with students remotely. Be sure to check out all available options when it comes to pursuing an MFA!