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2nd MFA or MA in Art History


chelseachick

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What would be the reason to do so?

We are two talking two fine art mfas (painting, sculpture, photo, Graphic design video, printmaking) right? What would be the reason for doing so as apposed to applying for a residency?

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Whose making the rules?! Do what ever you want. It is not uncommon for people have multiple graduate degrees in different disciplines, and I have even heard of two MFA's. As the Op said—in different disciplines...areas with their own specialized knowledge and approach. However, If the disciplines are more similar, a person would be more likely to do a practice PHD.

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I have a friend working on her 2nd MFA in sculpture. She went back to learn the new technology that wasn't available during her first go, like cnc, laser, 3D printing..

 

The "get a job" comment is incredibly disparaging and unnecessary. 

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I have a friend working on her 2nd MFA in sculpture. She went back to learn the new technology that wasn't available during her first go, like cnc, laser, 3D printing..

 

The "get a job" comment is incredibly disparaging and unnecessary. 

 

Of course! There's that too!

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Is the point of an MFA to get trained in certain media or to learn a good set of practices that makes you comfortable in undertaking new media all on your own? I'm sincerely asking that. I do want t learn new media during my MFA but it does seem impractical to get two financially and in terms of career progression.

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Michelle Grabner, who is currently curating the whitney biennial, has an MFA from Northwestern and an MA in art history from UWMadison... so I'd say if you have the $$$, can handle the debt or can find somewhere with funding and want to do it, you should do it. People spend 3 times as long in school getting their PhD's so an extra 2 years to round out your practice is not too crazy.

 

People do far more reckless things in their lives then spend a little extra time in school.

And some people need the structure of school to help them progress while others may be able to do it independently.

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