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MFA Students Can Find More Creative Degree Options



By Catherine Groux
Posted July 28, 2011 09:45 AM

Today, students who are seeking an MFA degree have many more options to choose from.
Today, students who are seeking an MFA degree have many more options to choose from.
Today, many schools across the country offer Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree programs. These institutions include the University of Arkansas, the University of Georgia, Minnesota State University at Moorehead and the University of New Mexico, according to their websites.

In the past, most of these master's degree programs were traditional MFA courses of study, meaning that students would learn about one type of art specifically, whether it be painting, photography, sculpting or printmaking, the Huffington Post reports. These individuals would focus on their chosen discipline from the beginning to the end of their programs, becoming experts in the field.

However, MFA degree programs have changed in recent years, as students now have many more varieties to choose from. For example, at New York's School of Visual Arts, students can opt to earn an MFA in art practice. During this course of study, they can focus on more than one element of art.

"The art practice program is for artists working in more hybrid areas, incorporating a number of different media or selecting the [particular] medium based on what they are trying to accomplish at a given time," David Ross, chairman of the art practice MFA program, told the Post.

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