Although the undergraduate degree programs available in the Department of Fine Arts including the BA in Art, BA in Art History, BA in Art with Teacher Certification K-12, and the BFA in Art offer career opportunities specific to the discipline, there is a great deal of cross over as well as unexpected options. Employers are looking for individuals who are first of all self motivated and who have an excellent liberal arts training that underscores creative problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills. The Department of Fine Arts creates a learning environment where students are challenged daily to see these skills as essential in the new global community as well as a changing local context.
Although the license, or teacher certification, earned within the Art Education program qualifies students to practice a career in teaching, students from all of our degree programs have found ways into a K-12 teaching career. It is important to discuss such alternative options with program advisors within the department.
Many of our students have found careers in the museum and gallery field as curators, facility directors, object conservators, registrars and museum educators. In like fashion, graduates have found rewarding careers as arts administrators in a diversity of arts related agencies including public art, arts centers, schools, and municipalities.
Since the BA in Art and the BA in Art History require a minor, this also provides an opportunity for study in a field that will help lead to alternative career options. For example, students in the BA may consider a minor in Psychology because they have an interest in pursuing a career in Art Therapy. Others will consider the Business minor as they are interested in the entrepreneurial or business side of art which has multiple possibilities.
Students in the professional BFA program find career options in a variety of fields. For example, our photography concentration has led students into careers as art directors, filmmakers, free lance photographers, and photo journalists. Students with a concentration in general studio have gone on to be chief curators and creative program directors. Students with B.F.A degrees are not only successful practitioners of their disciplines but also work in urban planning, illustration, landscape design, print technology, filmmakers, videographers and studio assistants for major artists in New York and Chicago.
Many of our students are accepted into graduate programs in fields ranging from art history, conservation, landscape architecture, and fine arts studio at institutions across the country and internationally. Many have gone on to careers in higher education.
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