Lucy- I’m gonna get a lot of flack about this but…
Why the BA in jewelry? Do you plan to teach? If you want a career in
jewelry as a bench person or designer, you don’t need a degree. Nor
do you need the $60,000.00 debt.
If you want a BA because you love to learn for the sake of leaning
that’s another thing. I’m a staunch defender of learning for the love
of it. A BA is a wonderful thing, however it just is not absolutely
necessary for a career in Jewelry.
We are in an education bubble as big as the commodities bubble.
College costs have risen 439% since 1982. Here’s a link to an article
on student debt.
If you want to learn how to make or design jewelry, there are plenty
of good trade schools out there that are much cheaper than a BA at a
university. You can also learn the old fashioned way and work in a
trade shop for awhile and get on the job training while getting paid.
If you want to run a business then get an MBA ( for a mere
$100,000.00 in debt), or just listen to David Geller.
If you want to teach in an academic setting you’ll need an MFA. To
get that you’ll have to go to a university and learn from folks who
mostly couldn’t make a living as a jeweler and decided to get an MFA
so that they could teach a whole bunch of other folks how to not make
a living as a jeweler.
Me? I’m the proud owner of a GED. I did go to college for three
years before I discovered that I didn’t need a degree. I loved my
teacher Max Nixon and learned a lot from him. However I found that
most undergrad classes were, and still are, taught by minimum wage
grad students. 15 k a year for that? I’ll pass thanks.
Have fun and make lots of jewelry