Generally speaking in Art the MFA is generally about 30 hours more than an
MA...a significant amount. Also, there are more arduous standards and
generally demanding exhibition/thesis requirements. I think in most cases the
MFA is regarded as the Ph.D. of studio art. It is quite common for
universities to offer the MA studio art and the MFA studio art, so if someone
is not accepted into the MFA or they choose not to go on, then they can
graduate with an MA. Nevertheless, the MFA, rather than the MA, is the
terminal degree in studio art. The terminal degree in art education is the
Ed.D. or Ph.D. Generally when someone is looking for a studio university
teaching position, they are more competitive if they have the MFA--the
exception might be Graphic Design where the portfolio and work experience can
count in place of advanced degrees.
Having said this, however, there are some MA degrees that can be quite demanding
as well. Some MAs can be 45 hours or in some cases 62 hours. It does depend
upon the discipline and the University. Salary schedules are generally not set
up to recognize the nuances between different degrees, so I think the smartest
thing to do is to reward teachers by the number of credit hours.
Nevertheless a fine teacher is priceless and would never be compensated
Dr. Diane C. Gregory
Director, Undergraduate & Graduate
Studies in Art Education
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX 76204
Quoting Betty B <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> Sorry, my point was that my MFA is a degree beyond the
> --- Sidnie Miller <email@example.com> wrote:
> > I guess I don't understand--I thought a MFA was a
> > master of fine arts, like a MEd was a master of
> > education, or a MBA was a master of business admin.
> > I think the level is the same regardless of how long
> > it took you to get it. A PhD at any subject is a
> > higher level. What a deal to be able to get your
> > masters for $4000!!! wow, I wish they'd do that
> > here.
> > >>> firstname.lastname@example.org 08/24/05 6:35 PM >>>
> > I wanted to check something with the list. My state
> > pays a little more for Master's and a little more
> > for
> > a Doctorate. I have an MFA and get paid for a
> > Master's.
> > My graduate program was 2 years full time for an MA,
> > and an additional full year minimum (plus all the
> > usual hoops to jump through) for an MFA. The
> > students
> > who were struggling "quit" at the MA, so it was
> > perceived as a way to "drop out" honorably. (Of
> > couse
> > I realize now that was completely absurd) It was
> > considered a little odd and pointless to want both
> > pieces of paper, so I only know of one person who
> > did,
> > the rest of us just went straight through for that
> > third year, the most challenging year of my life
> > that
> > I wouldn't trade for anything.
> > Now my school is offering a program where teachers
> > can, for $4,000, watch a distance-learning TV thing
> > one night a week and get their masters in a year.
> > This
> > is great for them, but I confess it has made me
> > think
> > about asking for the doctorate pay. (As a teacher
> > pointed out, a former teacher who had graduated law
> > school got doctorate pay for the same amount of
> > years
> > I'd put in)
> > Do youall with MFA's get Master's or doctorate pay?
> > The whole concept seems pretty outdated to me, since
> > there are so many levels of degrees in between, much
> > less those people who have taken hundreds of
> > graduate
> > hours that don't add up to a particular degree and
> > are
> > not compensated for that. I think it should be
> > Master's, Terminal, and x amount for additional
> > graduate hours over xxx.
> > A fellow teacher has suggested I start cutting out
> > job
> > listings that say "PhD in Education of MFA
> > preferred".
> > comments?
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