I'm still trying to figure out what I can do with my B.A.

Scott Andrew Hutchins

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"In today's world, we're always forced to do what is insisted by others.
But why should money determine what we do in life... or what we are... or
what we become?  Even the rapport of our true relationships?"--Jean-Luc
Godard, _Le Mépris_.

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From: "Tim Shary" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, September 18, 2002 11:20 PM
Subject: film programs

> Hello everyone--
>     I'd just like to reiterate what David Tetzlaff said in his message, if
> only as a fair warning to Kelly Shindler and others out there looking to
> move from the undergrad to grad level of film studies.  The M.A. is not a
> terminal degree, and most programs want to see evidence of your commitment
> to their Ph.D. even if you are just coming out of a B.A. program.
> Personally, I got lucky in getting an M.A. and getting accepted into a
> different Ph.D. program elsewhere, however, I can tell you that many Ph.D.
> programs questioned why I did not originally pursue my grad studies in
> programs.
>     One of the not-so-veiled secrets of the grad school business is that
> Masters degrees provide a lot of cash flow-- especially at programs that
> invite many students to pursue an M.A. and then admit very few (if any)
> students to the Ph.D.  Beware of schools like this.  If you want to be a
> film academic, as David suggests, you must go for the Ph.D. anyway.  If
> you're just going for the M.A., you may have a second chance later, but
> you're also taking a very big risk.
>     At any rate, I would not be discouraged, since there are many ways to
> become involved in film studies that don't even require a Ph.D.  Yet if
> do want to be a film professor, the doctorate is an essential necessity
> lately it seems you also need a book contract and a half-dozen published
> articles, and an Oscar-winning film would help).  Cast your application
> wide and see what you find, and ask everyone you know in the film realm
> the questions you can think of.  Don't let anyone tell you that there's
> finite solution to becoming involved in film studies-- after all, you can
> even be a film professor without a Ph.D. at community colleges, and slowly
> but surely some high schools are hiring film teachers.
>     I'd be curious to hear the experiences of others on this list who can
> comment on the M.A. vs. Ph.D. issue.
> Dr. Timothy Shary
> Assistant Professor of Screen Studies
> Traina Center for the Arts
> Clark University
> Worcester, MA  01610
> 508-793-7285
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