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This blog is intended as a guide for potential and current MFA students, focusing on those in the craft disciplines. It will primarily focus on tips for prospective students, but will also address the needs of those currently working toward their degrees. By sharing my own experience, articles I find and interviews I conduct, I will work to offer guidance to studio artists who may be nervous to start the journey alone so that they can have the same phenomenal opportunity and experience that I had in my MFA program.
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When I decided that I wanted to apply to an MFA program, I had been out of school for two years. I quickly became aware of the fact that I hadn’t the slightest idea of where to start. My first thought was to search online, and though Google returned thousands of websites for MBA’s and law students, I couldn’t find a single comprehensive resource that guided me as a prospective studio art graduate student. And so I went on to contact past professors and anyone who knew anyone who knew an MFA student, so that I could piece together answers to my many questions: What does my portfolio need to look like? Which school and program are right for me? What can I expect at an interview? What can I expect from an MFA program?
I ended up with an acceptance letter and Graduate Assistantship at Kent State University, but there were a lot of times during my journey when I felt lost, confused and overwhelmed. It was then that the idea first came to me to write a blog for blossoming artists like me thinking about an MFA: an all-inclusive guide to graduate school for studio artists, focusing on crafts media. The resulting blog, The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists, will include information on finding schools, the application process, how to create a portfolio, funding opportunities, differences in programs, what to expect and more. It will also go on to address needs of current graduate students, such as how to take advantage of your time in school and options after graduation. It will include entries based on my own experience, events I attend, articles I read and interviews I conduct with faculty and fellow students.
After finding my own way into the doors of an MFA program, I feel that I have a great deal of insight to offer prospective students. This blog will aim to offer guidance to those who may be nervous to start the journey alone so that they can have the same phenomenal opportunity and experience that I’m having now in my MFA program.
Below: Me in my graduate studio at Kent State; Modern Woman, T-shirt transfers on cotton, turf, fabricated sterling silver and copper, 2008, 2½” x 3” x ¾”
MFA Student Interview Series | Kimmie PledgerKimmie Pledger received her BFA in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling from Kent State in 2014. She is now in her second year at Bowling Green State University working toward her MFA in Jewelry and Metals. Tell us about your work.Latex gloves are the foundation of my current exploration of…Continue
MFA Student Interview Series | Sarah Loch-TestSarah Loch-Test received her BFA in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling from Kent State in 2007. She is now in her third year at East Carolina University working toward her MFA in Metals Design. Tell us about your work.I work with metals and enamels, typically making jewelry. One of my…Continue
Dear Readers,I hope that during my hiatus the articles in this blog have continued to be a valuable resource. I am now ready to roll out a project I’ve had in mind for quite some time – the MFA Student Interview Series. While I will continue to research and write on a variety of topics, I would now like to bring in new voices – that of current MFA students – because every experience and prospective is unique.I’ve begun by reaching out to students I’ve met at various events, and will continue…Continue
Student art sales are a great way to help support yourself while you’re working toward your MFA. Not only will you earn some extra cash, but you’ll also get your name out into your local community and better understand concepts of pricing, marketing and production. You’ll begin to see what sells and you’ll learn more about your customers and how to appeal to them. Even if you’re not planning to go into retail or production work, creating this type of work is an opportunity to improve your…Continue