The Maryland Institute College of Art—Baltimore’s venerable ahhhrt schoool and my wife’s alma mater—is now offering a master’s degree in “Professional Studies in the Business of Art and Design.” Sounds like it could apply to a lot of things, right? No. It’s essentially for supremely arty/crafty people who want to build a business around what they create. And, of course, Etsy is involved. That’s cool, but I think it would be a lot more distinctive if they changed the name of the degree to the Crafty Bastards Master’s of Professional Studies in the Business of Art and Design. The Washington City Paper can now pay me for that plug.
If you’re interested in the degree, there’s an open house at MICA on Dec. 3.