Today I have been questioning exactly what the “F” is in MFA. Is this F worth an extra £5700? It’s quite an expensive letter.

I’ve been asking some of my fellow students about the “F” and though I din’t really find an answer, the general consensus is that the extra years experience of the art college environment is valuable in itself.

Wikipedia tells me that ‘The Master of Fine Arts differs from the Master of Arts in that the MFA, while an academic program, centers around practice in the particular field, whereas programs leading to the MA are usually centers on the scholarly, academic, or critical study of the field.’

Somehow I have managed to successfully enroll on the MFA without realising just how expensive it is. The fees have increased from £3400 last year to £5750 this year. I don’t know of any government legislation that has directed this change, and so far I haven’t been able to find any information or explaination anywhere.

It’s proving a little difficult to settle into the studio and make a start on the practical work with this large figure looming. It definitely raises quite a few questions about the nature of art education. It also sits rather jarringly with the peergroup learning environment offered by the course.

I’m going to seek some advice about the mystery F later today and I’ll let you know how I get on…

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