Josh Haftel Posted January 5, 2014 Share Posted January 5, 2014 I'd like to get my MFA in photography primarily to teach college-level photography at some point (either immediately after school or some time down the road, not sure just yet). I've heard from lots of people that if my only goal is to teach, getting a degree anywhere would be fine (instead of an expensive one like from Yale, SVA, RISD, etc.). I'm curious about what folks here think about that. I mean, if I wanted to teach at one of those high-end schools didn't have a degree from an equivalent uni, would that be a problem? I understand that portfolio is what matters, but then I feel that if that were really true, why would someone need an MFA to teach at all if they've got a stellar portfolio? As I've never gone up for a teaching position, I'm not sure what the thought process for the hiring committee is. My wife and I are currently homeless (we're on a one year travel as a way to disconnect from the silicon valley way of things) so location isn't important. I've got a lot of experience in the photography industry and feel that I'd be able to teach at the undergrad level, so finding a place that would allow for that would be awesome (I saw that SJSU had this as an option, for example). My wife and I are currently debt-free and I'd love to stay that way (took a while paying off her two masters degrees) so I am pretty price sensitive (could also be because neither one of have a job currently ). At the same time, if there are good opportunities for scholarships, I know I'd really love to go to a top-tier school--I just have no idea what the scholarship options are. Would really love thoughts and feedback on which schools to consider, best approaches to set myself up education-wise for getting a teaching job later on, etc. Thanks! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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