Jun 20, 2011, 6:12 PM
Post #64 of 198
Studio vs Academic MFAs
I apologize in advance if this is covered in depth somewhere else... I did try to pre-empt this post with a scan of this forum to look for a previous related thread, but did not come up with anything.
Anyway, I'm a total noob here, and I have just started to compile my list of schools for fall 2012 (fiction). After coming across the "The Top Fifty" MFA rankings for 2011, I have noticed that half are Academic and half are Studio MFAs (and some are Academic MFAs with a *, the footnote for which I also don't quite understand. I can't tell if it means it's academic-with-a-studio-leaning or academic-further-from-studio-than-regular-academic).
I scoured google and all I was able to come up with was a very short post that described the difference at a very basic level (actually it was the creative writing mfa handbook blog, at http://creative-writing-mfa-handbook.blogspot.com/2006/08/studio-vs-academic-programs.html), and I do grasp the fundamental difference between the two, but I was hoping maybe people on here would jump in and go into more depth, and elaborate on the nuances of Studio vs Academic... Their personal feelings and preferences, what is the big difference to them, why one might be "better" than the other (subjectively of course), advantages and disadvantages to each, how much writing is actually done in an Academic MFA vs a Studio MFA, etc.
After doing my preliminary research, I think that I want studio, but it seems like so many of the top schools are academic MFAs, so maybe I am just missing something or not seeing the big picture?
Thanks so much in advance! I appreciate everyone's views.