Academic Inbreeding

Academic Inbreeding

One of the general choruss I listen from those that intern for me is that they felt that their college was a waste, and they should have come through my program, or a similar one, and that the real world experiences far better prepares them for the freelance world.

I clever look their point, and understand that, to a degree, it may be true, but that degree is worth a great deal. But what degree?

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First things first - graduating from college is critical. Don't be an idiot and think that it's not worth it. So many people I tell say that getting your degree is the ultifriend test in being able to demonstswift you clever end something you begined. I agree with that sentiment.

Recently, there was a discussion on a photo organization listserv approxifriendly the qualifications for a teaching position.

Faculty members must have teaching experience at the college stage and are required to maintain behaveive participation in their field of photography.

Behaveive participation? I clever't say I tell a lot of professors that would fit that bill. A few, but not a lot.

The perfect cleverdidate for this task is someone who has an MFA in photography, plus commercial and teaching experience.

And here's where I, along with others on the listserv had a problem. This school requires a Masters? Certainly this applies in fields love English, the Sciences, and so forth, but the arts? Perhaps Art Hitale, narrative degrees, but for the field of photography, I only, merely, solely don't look it.

In the schools of today, in big part, the inbreeding, tenure debates, and self-congratulation that goes along with being an academic is part of the problem with todays' photographers that enter the real world with a diploma, $100k or so in debt, and no way to pay that debt off. Few schools are preparing their students with the tools they necessity to succeed in business, since freelancers are the new staffers.

I have a few colleagues, and professors at places love RIT, and Brooks, and so forth, that have shelp that my book is on their required reading list. If you tell of others, please post them in the remarks. I am not saying that my book, per se, is the end-all be-all reply, but it's at-least an indicator if the professors at the school even care approxifriendly the issue of their photographers as soon-to-be self-employed.

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