The study of design provides a historical, cultural, and social context for the comprehension, evaluation, and creation of visual art works. Studying art fosters critical thinking, visual literacy, and an understanding of the complex potential of visual, non-verbal means of communication and culture. It also provides training in a range of media and techniques that can be utilized in the creation of visual art and graphic design.
What careers can this major prepare you for?
Students go on to Masters and PhD programs in Art History, Design MFA, Studio MFA programs and graduate degree programs in Art Therapy programs as well as careers in medicine, entrepreneurship, law, business, etc. Through study in art you may also go on to become: Art Historian, Professor, Museum Educator, Visual Resources Librarian, Auction House Specialist, Arts Administrator, Art Educator K-12, Architect, Preparator, Conservator, Graphic Designer, Fashion Designer, Interior Designer, Art Director, Art Therapist, Illustrator, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Marketing Professional, Advertising Professional, Design Writer/Consultant, Creative Director Advancement Professional, Art Writer/Advisor/Dealer, Photographer.
What skills are developed within this major?
Skills developed within this major include: Ability to analyze and create works of art; Research skills as demonstrated in presentations and exhibitions; Visual analysis; Analytical skills; Communication skills; Time management skills; Problem solving skills; and passion for the visual arts and design.