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    Hi guys,

    I'm in my third year studying a BA in Visual Communication, and I'm strongly considering doing a Masters afterwards...but kind of unsure whether it's a good idea? Has anyone else out there done a MA in a relevant discipline? Thoughts?

    I want to ultimately go into creative advertising/commercial illustration, and I know the former prizes experience and ideas over qualifications...but I don't feel I'm 'industry ready' yet, and it's not just expected nerves/uncertainty of graduating. I just don't think my course is preparing us adequately enough, and I want to learn more.

    My course is good, I enjoy it a lot...but I think we're in the unnerving place of being too tutor led and structured to be self-taught (i.e. you go and experience X program/technique yourself), but not being taught enough to learn all the things we should know.

    Basically, I want to develop my skills further so I can be better prepared and more confident in my work. One more year of education seems worth it in the long run. But, am I going in with the wrong mindset? A lot of MA courses seem to be very theory/conceptual based rather than 'more of the same' education, but higher level? Are we supposed to be masters of a craft already? Is it more for 'serious' artists?

    I'm looking at Edinburgh College of Art, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea, RCA, Pratt etc. online and it all seems a bit overwhelming.
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    RCA MA's are all two years. Just a heads up if time is an issue.
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    Thanks for reminding me

    I see that you're doing an MA at RCA...how are you liking it?
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    Ehh yeah well its a lot of work. Slightly overwhelmed by the various opportunities and stuff thats thrown at you and kind of perpetually feel like im not taking enough advantage of it. Found moving from a large to a small institution pretty strange as well. But yeah its great. Im doing a humanities subject (critical writing) so probably cant give you an accurate view of what the studio based programmes are like.
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    (Original post by toanythingtaboo)
    Hi guys,

    I'm in my third year studying a BA in Visual Communication, and I'm strongly considering doing a Masters afterwards...but kind of unsure whether it's a good idea? Has anyone else out there done a MA in a relevant discipline? Thoughts?

    I want to ultimately go into creative advertising/commercial illustration, and I know the former prizes experience and ideas over qualifications...but I don't feel I'm 'industry ready' yet, and it's not just expected nerves/uncertainty of graduating. I just don't think my course is preparing us adequately enough, and I want to learn more.

    My course is good, I enjoy it a lot...but I think we're in the unnerving place of being too tutor led and structured to be self-taught (i.e. you go and experience X program/technique yourself), but not being taught enough to learn all the things we should know.

    Basically, I want to develop my skills further so I can be better prepared and more confident in my work. One more year of education seems worth it in the long run. But, am I going in with the wrong mindset? A lot of MA courses seem to be very theory/conceptual based rather than 'more of the same' education, but higher level? Are we supposed to be masters of a craft already? Is it more for 'serious' artists?

    I'm looking at Edinburgh College of Art, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea, RCA, Pratt etc. online and it all seems a bit overwhelming.
    Honestly i wouldn't recommend it, if you aren't confident about working in the industry with your degree i don't think that will change much after another year doing an MA (except to your bank balance) the best way to build up confidence in design is placements, placement, placements.
    You honestly only start learning design once you leave uni...
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    (Original post by RealityIsDull)
    Honestly i wouldn't recommend it, if you aren't confident about working in the industry with your degree i don't think that will change much after another year doing an MA (except to your bank balance) the best way to build up confidence in design is placements, placement, placements.
    You honestly only start learning design once you leave uni...
    Well, I'm confident to a certain level...I'm a straight A student so it's not like it's all totally beyond me, and I'm prepared enough to know most things - but I want more time to explore other techniques and really hone my style/ability.

    The idea of a tutor-led postgrad seemed like an attractive proposition. I'd be specialising in Graphic Design (right now we do everything from photography, animation to graphics and illustration), so it would be a step up and in the right direction.

    I'm trying to sort placements, but as I'm sure we're all aware - they don't come easy!

    I think I might email a few of the uni's and start discussing, perhaps forward my portfolio for tips/see whether I'm appropriate?

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