M.F.A. andPh.D. Programs in the Arts
MODULE 18: MFA / Ph.D / Post-Doc
Q. & A. Session.
Question: Why should an artist go to top rated school, attend a Ph.D program, or get a post-doc degree or certificate?
- Outside of getting a quality education and a receiving regular feedback from notable artists, fellow students and visting lectures, the best reason to go to a school with some degree of name recognition is that the cost of private school and public school is growing closer and closer. You aren't really saving a lot of money by going local or living at home in the long run.
- Also, many of your friends and teachers from school will become life long supporters of your work and going to a respected program early on means that you're willing to spend time struggling with some of the most challenging ideas in the field of contemporary art. This will transform your work and how you think about your art practice for the better.
- Going to a top rated school doesn't hurt your resume either, and further schooling shows a continuing commitment to learning which ultimately means that you're a thinking artist and a bit more dedicated to your art practice than the average person on the street.
- Getting your MFA or Ph.D is particualrly important if you plan to go into teaching at the university level because the academic job market is highly competitive and anything that gives you an edge is huge bonus.
PART 1: SELF EDUCATE ABOUT THE TOP RATED SCHOOLS AND TOP RATED DEPARTMENTS AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS ON QUIZ 18.
Knowing what schools you want to apply to next, who is on staff, when you can visit, what the application process and interview process consists of and how much money you are willing to spend on graduate school is key to making a successful choice. Research institutions thoroughly before applying so you don't waste time or money on the application process.
Question 1: What are the best ranked schools in your Major?
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Question 2: What are the best ranked schools in your meduim?
Make sure to search by Medium too, because a highly rated school may have a poorly rated department. You'll have to balance school rating against program rating to make an informed choice.
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Question 3: Is getting an MFA worth it?
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PART 2: PICK YOU TOP CHOICES FOR SCHOOLS AND INCLUDE THEM AS LINKS ON QUIZ 18.
You should have links to all of your favorite schools, especially the top ten that you want to apply to. Keeping an eye on the kind of work that comes out of the schools that you are most interested in is key, as well as making sure you're interested in who's teaching there, what the emphasis of the program is, and whether or not they offer minors in other degrees, such as art education degree, art therapy, etc. are important things to consider. Make sure to research, visit, and contact current students who are in the program to get their impression as well as trying to schedule a visit to campus with an admissions person or a teacher.
Best Graduate Schools (sub-category)
Art Center College of Design
Art Institute of Chicago
Alfred University (Ceramics)
Carnegie Mellon University
Claremont Graduate University
Maryland Institue College of Fine Art
RISD (Rhode Island School of Design)
San Francisco Art Institute
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
SVA (School of Visual Arts)
Tufts (School of the Museum of Fine Arts)
USC (Roski School of Art and Design)
PART 3: SELF EDUCATE ABOUT THE ART Ph.D.
The Art Ph.D is still a new idea but it has been steadily gaining ground for over a decade and now there are thousands of programs around the world instead of just a few hundred. Like the M.F.A. you are going to want to research the program rating, who is on staff, what the cost and commitment of time is, and what kind of program it is. Many fine art Ph.D's are part dissertation, part art project, or some mix of art production and directed study. You should research your program thoroughly, visit the campus, contact students in the program and ask as many questions as possible before applying.
Question 4: What are the best ranked school to get a Ph.D. in your major?
Question 5: Is getting a Ph.D in your field worth it?
PART 4: PICK A Ph.D. PROGRAM YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND AND PUT THE LINK ON QUIZ 18.
You should know the top Ph.D. programs you might like to attend in the future and always keep an eye on the development of the work that comes out of those programs, who is on staff and how they are rated in the world. You should also consider the cost, location and whether the program is a good fit for evolving your art practice.
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Chelsea College of the Arts
European Graduate School, Switzerland
Royal Academy at the Hague
School of Art, Australia National University
Slade School of Fine Art, London
The Mountain School of Arts, Los Angeles
The National College of Art and Design, Ireland
Trans Art Institute
UCSD, San Diego
PART 5: PICK A POST-DOC EDUCATION CERTIFICATE OR PROGRAM THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET INVOLVED WITH IN THE FUTURE AND LIST IT ON QUIZ 18.
There are many post-doc certificates in every field of art from technical certificates to certificates in further education. Updating your resume with post-doc work is less costly than going back to school and offers you a chance to update your resume by demonstrating both a continuing commitment to your field of study and ultimately, your future employers.
Question 6: How do you find a post-doc job?
Question 7: What are tips for gettting post-doc work?
Question 8: What are some grants for Post-doc Jobs?
PART 2: MAKE A LIST OF POST DOC PROGRAMS YOU WANT TO ATTEND IN THE FUTURE AND LIST THEM ON OUIZ 16.
McGill Postdoctorial Fellowship
University of Pittsburgh
Post Doc in Art History
https://tyler.temple.edu/postdoctoral-fellowships | Art History |
Post Doc in Canada
Global Center for Advanced Studies
https://globalcenterforadvancedstudies.org | Theory |
http://www.nodecenter.org | Curatorial studies |