MCA does not provide adequate tools for graduates to succeed in the business of art. I graduated completely clueless in marketing, grant writing, and important legal matters that pertain to business. The "counseling" I received during my 4 years at MCA did not prepare me for the real world... surviving and thriving as an ARTIST.
Having an MFA degree helped me -from- getting laid off when everybody else in my department was. Education (no matter what school you go to) is primarily self teaching / learning. The school can only provide the tools. If you think you are not getting something from the school; ask. I was a workaholic in school from worrying too much about grades. What I should have done was explore Memphis more. I recommend everybody go to MCA. If you do the work; you will succeed. It may be hell, but it will be worth it.
This college is useful if you're truly interested in teaching yourself. Most students attending here retain the 'high school mentality' that's become so comfortable for them and are more interested in hanging out in the student lounge staring at a television for hours and gossiping about their fellow students instead of attempting to produce quality, thought provoking work. Throughout the four years I attended this institution of higher learning, I was never truly inspired by the creativity output of most of my fellow students. This is perhaps partly due to the school administration treating its student body like a bunch of pre-schoolers with a numbered name tag attached to their person. How can they take themselves seriously if noone else is? The valuable skills such as self-marketing, developing a resume, and other basic business aspects involved within the art world that should be taught on some level are overlooked in this environment. Career services are a joke. You'll be lucky to find some menial job after graduating. The institution is more concerned with pumping students money into the exterior of the facilities (landscaping,building rennovations) to lure in perspective students instead of hiring better qualified teachers and more of them so you can actually get the classes you want every semester and graduate on time (total student population of 360 and classes getting filled?) The good thing about all this is that if you are motivated and interested in pursuing your own direction, you have total freedom to do so. Since, most of the administration/faculty couldn't care what you're doing. Excellent preparation for graduate school. Although not worth the $13,000 a year tuition (and rising).
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