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Q: Creative corporate jobs for MFA students? ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Creative corporate jobs for MFA students?
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: ech-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 20 Mar 2006 08:09 PST
Expires: 19 Apr 2006 09:09 PDT
Question ID: 709569
I've been reading about MFA (Masters in Fine Arts) students being
recruited by corporations who want to diversify with employees outside
of the MBA sphere.

Has anyone heard of companies that recruit from MFA programs, and if
so, for what types of positions?
Subject: Re: Creative corporate jobs for MFA students?
Answered By: czh-ga on 20 Mar 2006 18:12 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hello ech-ga,

Daniel Pink?s statement that "The MFA Is the New MBA" was idea #9 on
the Harvard Business Review?s breakthrough ideas for 2004 and has been
touted and repeated by many business articles, pundits and bloggers. I
tried to confirm that this assertion can be confirmed by examining
reports on the hiring of MFAs vs. MBAs but I haven?t come up with

I?ve located a few sources for showing companies that explicitly state
that they hire MFAs. I?ve also included several articles and blogs
that discuss this alleged trend but don?t show specific companies.
Finally, I tried using just the keywords MBA and MFA on some of the
major job boards to see how the job posting results compare. As
expected, very few companies explicitly recruit for MFAs and a large
number of the job postings seem to be from academic institutions. I
recommend you browse the search results for yourself to get a better
idea of what types of companies really hire MFAs.

All the best.

~ czh ~

New Economy, New Biz Degrees by Tom Peters

***** Look through the PPT slides for names of companies.

Academy of Art University

Student Outcomes
The overall M.F.A. placement rate for 2005 was 80 percent. Companies
that hired M.F.A. graduates in 2005 include Hal Riney, McCann
Erickson, Wolfe Doyle, and USAGreetings for advertising; JINX, Manex,
PeopleSoft, iPrint, KRON, and DNA Productions for computer arts;
Nieman Marcus, Gap, Silver Wear NY, and Nicole Miller for fashion;
Landor Associates, Primo Angeli, Impact Design, and Maddocks & Co. for
graphic design; ILM, Disney, LucasArts, Marvel Comics, and Totally
Games for illustration; Northstar, Ford/Lincoln Mercury, and Ruszel
Woodworks for industrial design; Gensler, Hendler Design, and Holey &
Associates for interior architecture and design; and Fox News, WB
Channel 20, and Pixar Animation Studios for motion pictures and

The Learning Curve: Can Colleges Teach Game Design?

Several months ago, EA donated $8 million to the University of
Southern California in part to establish a three-year MFA in game
design. Rueff says he expects substantial demand from the industry in
the next six years both for programmers as well as teams of designers
and storytellers.

Just as critical as the environment and curriculum is the quality of
the applicants, says Moshell. In surveying the field of game design
programs, he identified two "gold standards." The Carnegie Mellon
Entertainment Technology Center had eight of its 22 class of 2004
graduates placed in EA companies, while the Ringling School of Design
graduates are coveted by the likes of Pixar as well as EA. Both
schools enjoyed very high admissions standards, and Moshell says EA is
helping FIEA determine admissions criteria because "[They] don't want
to fool around much with anything lower than A levels."

mfa is the new mba
in harvard business review's breakthrough ideas for 2004 ? 
idea #9 is that "The MFA Is the New MBA" by Daniel H. Pink

Businesses have come to realize that the only way to differentiate
their offerings is to make them beautiful and emotionally compelling ?
which explains why an arts degree is now such a hot credential in
management. Meanwhile MBA graduates are becoming this century?s
blue-collar workers: They entered a workforce that was full of promise
only to see their jobs move overseas.

March 01, 2004
HBR's 2004 Breakthrough Idea #9: The MFA is the New MBA. An arts degree is now...

HBR's 2004 Breakthrough Idea #9: The MFA is the New MBA. An arts
degree is now perhaps the hottest credential in the world of business.
Corporate recruiters have begun visiting the top arts grad schools in
search of talent. And this broadened approach has often come at the
expense of more traditional business graduates. For instance, in 1993,
61% of McKinsey?s hires had MBA degrees. Less than a decade later, it
was down to 43%, because McKinsey says other disciplines are just as
valuable in helping new hires perform well at the firm. With
applications climbing and ever more arts grads occupying key corporate
positions, the master of fine arts is becoming the new business

The reason:  creativity is now seen as a bigger determinant of success
than business logic.

May 22, 2004
The Rise of the Creatives 

Originally pointed out to me by a friend a few weeks ago - a post on
IDBlog ("An MFA is the new MBA?") highlights the fact that the May
issue of Design Research News refers to an article by Daniel H. Pink
in the Harvard Business Review declaring the MFA as the new MBA as
being essential for a top-level business career. It then goes on to
point to an online publication from the Rotman School of Management at
the University of Toronto.

If The MFA is the New MBA, Then How Do You Get With the Program?


"The MFA Is the New MBA"

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ech-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Came up w/ similar results to what I'd originally found, but went an
extra step in doing queries on career websites - good idea.  Thank

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