Posted on 14 August 2012 as a reply to #8
I graduated in Fine Art from UWE, Bristol in June 2010.
To pick up on Ralph Dorey's observation 'it did not matter which subject one took only the qualification' - There were 85 students in my final year. At the end of a talk one lunchtime, to which approx 60 students attended, the speaker asked for a show of hands from all those intending to go on to become practicing artists once they had graduated. 6 of us put our hands up!
Several thoughts flashed through my mind at the time. One of which was 'what was the point in spending so much time and money?; but secondly, and in my opinion more importantly, how many other prospective and potentially dedicated applicants had been turned down in favour of these students sitting around me? It struck me as literally a waste of space.
The primary feeling I gained during the course was a sense of enablement. Not so much a list of the things I learnt, but a change in the way I view and think about the world; and that anything I would like to do is indeed possible, providing I use the right phraseology in the application form and conjour up enough funding.
One you finish the degree there is the inevitable loss of interaction and feedback from tutors and peers. Perhaps there is scope for an artist-run post-grad group/college/school to fill the gap while trying to decide whether we can afford the time and cost of doing an MA?