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Hello! So I received my first BFA from UTSA, that is down here in san antonio texas, my concentration was painting. I have to admit I wasn't too thrilled with the program as it offered me absolutely no skills to make money, and we only briefly talked about getting into galleries - and even then they made sound like getting into galleries is impossible so don't even bother
Anyways! I have these stories in my head that won't go away. So I want to learn sequential art. I don't know too many schools that teach it, and right now I have my eyes set on SCAD. I have my eyes set on SCAD for two reasons.
One. For the obvious reason that I want to learn sequential art, I've tried to learn it on my own it hasn't worked.
Two. I want to move out. I know, that sounds terrible, using going back to school to move out, but it's true. I'm making min. wage here and my last BFA didn't help me at all with finding a higher paying job. I've been applying to jobs already for the past two years and my financial situation has not improved at all. That's part of the reason why I want to go back to school
At first I was going to go back to something that for sure would make money, but I'm just too stupid to do anything like that. I really want to produce these stories, and I'm confident I can make a lot of money if only I can get them out of my head and onto the printed medium. I believe SCAD can really help me to do this and offer me the professional environment I need to insure I actually know how to publish myself.
But do you think getting a second BFA is insane?
I'm not sure I could apply to their MFA sequential art program. . . .
Should I go for a BA instead?
What is your advice?
You don't need a BFA at all to do sequential art, having two won't help.
You've got the degree, if you really think you need to go to an accredited school at all (and there are numerous options) then just take a class or two in areas you're weak in.
Maybe you just need to get a book or two on it and work your ass off for a while.
Necessary? No, too, since comics is one of the least degree-dependent fields there is.
At least if you go for a second degree you can do it in less time, since all your gen ed and some of your studio classes will get credited. Also, remember that SCAD isn't the only school with a comics/cartooning/sequential program, so shop around.
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"Work is more fun than fun."
"Art is supposed to punch you in the brain, and it's supposed to stay punched."
IF what you're really after is student loans to pay the rent, well then you should probably re-evaluate your motives for going back to school. If that's a primary motivator, that's a really bad reason to get back into such huge debt.
If you room with a roommate (you can easily find on online) You can pay for rent on a minimum wage job. That's why it's minimum wage. people need at least that much to live on.
Either way, more schooling can help. Just because you end up with two BFAs doesn't make it a bad thing, what you're after is the knowledge that they teach IN the BFA, not the paper at the end. See what other paths you have available to yourself.
Best of luck