I have a few questions regarding college. I've done some sifting through the forums here, an found a few good blanket answers, but i was looking to see if anyone could possibly give me some more detailed information.
Just a bit of info about myself: I'm a junior in a Chicago suburb high school. We have a program that is decent, just decent. I think that we've learned to make the best of it though. I would really like to be a professional lighting designer, especially in musical theater, but I think I would be happy with any opportunity that I get. That's about it, if you need any more info about me, then feel free to ask.
1) From what I've heard getting an MFA would make me more desirable and allow me to receive offers. However after looking around here, I realized that that may no necessarily hold true. Does anyone have an opinion on this matter? I know that there are some pretty experienced people here, so I figured I could get some insight. So I guess I'm basically asking, is an MFA in lighting design worth it?
2) With his in mind, I have to begin to look for a college. Obviously, there are a lot of great schools out there, but I haven't really had any success in my searches. Can anyone suggest some good colleges for me to consider, especially those around Chicago?
3) I think I know what I need in a portfolio, but I was looking for some advice. Considering the fact that my counseling department didn't know that there was such a thing as a MFA or BFA, they haven't been very successful in helping me. From what I've read, what I've read around the forums here, what I believe that I need are: digital pictures of my work, notes on my work, and any paperwork that I used. Is that all? I feel like I'm missing something. Would including pictures of productions that I've helped in also be helpful (maybe to show my exposure?)? (With the LD's permission, of course)
I think that's all, if I have any more questions I'll be sure to ask.
If anyone feels that they need any more information about anything, feel free to ask.
Thanks in advance,