This is an interesting piece on whether an advanced degree is necessary for artists.
An interesting set of questions are raised in the article...
"Meanwhile, critics of arts doctorates raise economic, philosophical, and
ethical concerns about the degree. Many of the concerns are similar to
those raised in other academic fields: Is it acceptable to enroll
students in graduate programs with uncertain futures and employment
prospects? What is the real value of a doctorate? What is the nature of
advanced study in a practical discipline? And how wise is it for
American universities to duplicate the programs of foreign universities,
which operate under different economic models?"
What do you think about this discussion?