Notes on the MFA

I am in the second semester of my Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Calgary. So far there have been several courses discussing the study of what an MFA actually is through readings, and what Creative Research is as well (or research creation. It's a flexible terminology that is in flux right now)

Considering the relatively young age of the MFA idea within universities (only since the 40's or 50's) this program is still trying to determine what it is, and I value that very much. Similarly the computing science departments have gone through fluxes in the past, where their goal has changed from 'how to code' to 'how to understand what the code produces'.

In both contexts, since I have the privilege of being a part of both of these programs, I can see that there is a certain amount of reflection and determination in proving the worth of these disciplines. I can honestly say, however, that the Computing Science program, worldwide, has a far better handle on the situation, and has organized their output in a better, more easily accessible way.

Just an observation so far. I'm still working on it. There is, of course, far more to be done. It's a big, empty room that needs to be filled.