asmallbean Posted June 13, 2020 Share Posted June 13, 2020 Hey y’all. I know the application and acceptance cycle is winding down for Fall 2020 so it seems like there’s been a decline in activity here, but I’m wondering how people are feeling going forward right now. I’m not strictly a traditional student, I took a couple years off in the middle of undergrad and just graduated with my BFA in 2D studies back in December, at 26 years old. My plan was to take some time off again to continue making work and then start applying to some Painting MFA programs this fall, to start in 2021. Obviously no one knows what the remote learning vs online instruction situation will look like a year from now, although I can only hope things will have improved somewhat by then. My concern goes beyond that, having seen some of the immediate effects that the virus has had on funding and faculty compensation already. For me, the draw of getting an MFA was partially the option to teach in the future. For those of us who work in traditional mediums, the end game doesn’t involve a ton of other practical career options. Knowing that positions in academia (and specifically the arts) were competitive, dubiously compensated, and limited to begin with, I’m now feeling concerned about the viability of pursuing higher education even more so than before. I guess I’m just wondering how current and future MFA candidates are approaching this uncertain situation - whether you’re going full speed ahead and hoping for the best, or whether you’re having second thoughts about your plans. To my knowledge, the option to pivot into a different graduate program with a BFA is somewhat limited. The other programs I’m considering are museum studies or library science, but it doesn’t feel like those options are necessarily a whole lot more stable in the current climate anyway. I guess I just want to discuss my concerns with others who are facing similar decisions right now, obviously none of us have all the answers. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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