Students at art-focused schools rack up the highest debt, and have limited financial prospects upon graduation.
Though the M.F.A. has value, and is a requirement for most who want to teach, these programs do not prepare students for building and sustaining a lifelong career as an artist. I argue that it is the responsibility of professors and administrators to teach not just theory and criticism, but how to apply for grants, make project budgets, and how to get their work seen. These business practices need to be integrated into core curricula, not pushed off to the dwindling career services and alumni relations departments.