My Master of Transdisciplinary Application – or MTA Portfolio – is a self-directed postgraduate course of study purpose-built for the demands of the 21st-century.
It is made up of 699 MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and over 310 diplomas.
All its concentrations are capstoned in a range of creative projects and professional practices.
This portfolio is a launchpad for my professional expertise in personal development and creative practice.
I Built My Own Education is a specialised platform that I developed within my MTA Portfolio… that also showcases my MTA Portfolio.
One of the purposes of this website is to act as one big explorable degree certificate through which the full breadth of my MTA Portfolio can be explored.
It’s a master’s degree
Because I already have a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing with Film and Screen Studies.
And because a master’s is the Goldilocks degree.
Not too hot and not too cold.
I made it transdisciplinary
Because the complex and uncertain world we now live in demands that you possess a broad intellect with a versatile professional skillset.
Historically, you would master a specific discipline, you would secure a career based within that discipline and it would be pretty safe sailing until you retired.
Today, that linear and clearly laid out approach is no longer going to cut it.
Also, because I have always had a big picture mind and I wanted my master’s to reflect that.
The endgame is application
Because I want to do something constructive with all this knowledge, for myself and for the world at large.
I guess you could say the first constructive application of my master’s is it’s very existence, I made a master’s degree fit for the 21st-century.
Also, because including the word application added an A on the end of the abbreviation… MTA
Thereby allowing me to one-up the more commonly known and vastly overpriced sainthood that is the MBA – Master’s of Business Administration.
An MTA is much better.
My MTA Portfolio is not about being a master of all, it’s about being a master of flexibility
Building this vast tapestry was the only way I could get my head around the concept of surviving the increasingly complex globalised world we humans are creating for ourselves.
Societal roles, career paths and life designs are no longer as clear-cut and specifically obtained as they once were in the 20th-century.
In the 21st -century, staying relevant to the demands of our fast-developing, economically driven and environmentally damaged world, while maintaining your psychological wellbeing and a fair standard of living, demands a formidable and highly adaptable approach.
You need an intellectual resolve that is self-autonomous, situationally aware, emotionally resilient, critically minded, information literate, highly enterprising, creatively versatile and always learning.
I built my MTA Portfolio to provide me with just that strategic improvisation.Read More
This monstrosity all started with two mammoth failures…
My final year of graduate study was failure No. 1
Schooling was something I positively loathed while growing up.
I didn’t learn very well or very much when I was put through the meat grinding techniques of the formal eduction system.
I struggled so badly that I was officially labelled dyslexic by my high and mighty schoolmasters, even though I was never assessed for dyslexia… and then later on discovered I was not dyslexic, when I was assessed for it at university.
University changed everything, because it was bloody hard work! Most of the time, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing.
Day-after-day, grind-after-grind, for four very long years, I slowly figured out a great many things and honed my intellect into something formidable.
My final year was the big one, that was when I made myself an impossible promise… I was going to graduate with a First-Class degree.
And I did.Read More
Sometimes you’ll create a doorway when you don’t even need one…
My master’s crowdfunding campaing was failure No. 2
To be written…