In August 2014 Moore’s Graduation Studies Program held commencement for its fifth graduating class, bringing to sixty-one the number of masters’ candidates who have received degrees. When it comes to the pursuit of an advanced education, both quantitative and qualitative measures are in evidence. As a recent article in US News & World Report observed, “graduate school enhances personal growth, greater employment opportunities, and greater career advancement. Financial reward is also coupled with greater levels of satisfaction in a sense of professional accomplishment and enhanced peer recognition and credibility.
In terms of career success, the employment numbers of Moore’s grad alumni are strong and reflect both the institution’s and the individual’s commitment to their professional development. The Class of 2014 is employed at a rate of 79% with 81% holding positions in their field of study. Broken down by discipline the numbers are:
- MA in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations- 82% are employed with 7 of 8 graduates, or 88%, holding positions in their field of study.
- MFA in Interior Design- 100% are employed in their field of study.
- MFA in Studio Art- 34% are employed with 1 of 3 graduates, or 33%, holding positions in their field of study. Importantly, one year after graduation, the majority of MFA alumni appear to be maintaining active private studio practices as well.
Statistical research of employment rates over the last three years of masters’ classes (2010-2013) also demonstrates an overall picture of career success:
- MA in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations- 95% are employed with 17 of 20 graduates, or 85%, holding positions in their field of study.
- MFA in Interior Design- 86%; are employed with 6 of 7 graduates, or 86%, holding positions in their field of study.
- MFA in Studio Art - 95% are employed with 16 of 19, or 84% holding positions in their field of study.
Moore’s graduate alumni continue to have permanent access to Locks Career Center resources for CV/resume advice, employment listings, exhibitions, grants and artist residency opportunities, and networking associations. In addition, the personal coaching offered by the trained staff is designed to assist each person create and maintain a productive working life.
"After getting my MFA at Moore, the Locks Career Center staff assisted my job search in personable and effective ways. I was interested in gaining varied experience in the field in order to move toward my career goals, and Belena and Veronica both helped make that happen. I now hold a position as an arts administrator/art handler, as well as two adjunct positions. They happily and readily offered helpful advice while sharing the opportunities that crossed their desks that catered to my abilities and were suited to my interests. Belena and Veronica were always friendly, took the effort to personally get to know me -even in brief meetings- and broadened my available opportunities to develop professionally. With their kindhearted and knowledgeable assistance, I had placed into two positions shortly after graduating which greatly developed my skills (both interpersonal and technical), one of which is a position that I still hold - and that I hope to hold for many years!"
--Dawn Kramlich, MFA, Studio Art, ‘13