I recently graduated with a BFA in painting in December 2011, and I've been planning on applying for MFA painting programs this winter; I've been researching programs for the last eight months. The thing is, I've realized recently that I'm not as interested in teaching painting at the college level as I assumed I was, which is what an MFA in painting would ultimately make possible for me. I decided to research other ideas of what to pursue, and instantly animation came to mind. I've always been extremely intrigued and emotionally touched by animation, and I'd really love learning it as a craft and possibly developing a career from it. I figure that my fine arts background could really help!
But, I've been researching schools and application requirements constantly in the last couple of days since I've had this idea, and I have a few questions. If anyone has any advice to give, I'd be extremely appreciative.
I'm guessing that since I already have one BFA I don't necessarily need another one. Some MFA programs I've seen say on their websites that they accept people with undergrad degrees other than animation specifically. The idea of somehow getting accepted into a program without any animation experience or having taken any animation classes seems unrealistic to me, though. Do you think it would be better to go for another BFA instead so I could get all the foundations a great animator would need? Or would it be a better idea to learn as much as I can on my own without an animation BFA before my supposed grad program starts, if I manage to get accepted into one? I'm also concerned about not have a background in film studies. I know that a major point of animation is bringing characters to life, and I've always studied static paintings, sculptures, etc. in school.
Also, it seems that quite a few schools only offer BFAs in certain types of animation. Maybe I'd learn more if I focused on the content of the program instead of what type of degree it would be.
Basically, I feel like I'm running in circles and getting myself ridiculously confused. If anyone can offer any ideas, comments, or advice I'd really appreciate it. Thanks for all your help!