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The major in Art prepares an individual to work in a variety of settings requiring an education in the liberal arts and design. Students who are interested in “hands on” experience in the visual arts would pursue a degree called Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.). This degree is intensive and prepares students to work as professional artists or designers. Whether a person chooses employment in industry, in a school system or self-employment, the Art major offers a student an opportunity to develop skills in problem solving, critical thinking, management and administration, and communication. It is advisable for the art student to prepare for today’s employment market by taking classes in computer graphics and/or other general computer classes.

General Information
College of Arts and Humanities
Department Website Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art
Degree(s) Offered

Degrees Vary by Campus

Bachelor of Arts in Art

  • Concentrations in Art History and Studio Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art

  • Concentrations in 2D (Drawing, Painting, Print, Paper & Book Arts) and 3D (Ceramics, Sculpture & Jewelry/Small Metals)

Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Master of Fine Arts in 2D Studios

Master of Fine Arts in 3D Studios

Possible Employment Settings
  • Advertising Firms
  • Historical Societies
  • Architectural Firms
  • Art Galleries/ Museums/Libraries
  • Magazines, Journals, Newspapers
  • Boat Yards (woodworking)
  • Photography Studios
  • City, State or Federal Government
  • Private Homes: (art lessons)
  • Colleges, Schools and Universities
  • Publishing Companies
  • Community Organizations
  • Retail Stores & Garment Industries
  • Teaching Hospitals and Law Firms
Occupational Opportunities
  • Advertising
  • Architectural Conservation
  • Art Appraiser
  • Art Auctioneer
  • Art Critic
  • Art Director
  • Artist
  • Art Investment
  • Art Law
  • Art Representative
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Arts and Humanities Council
  • Illustrator: Medical and Scientific
  • Independent Producer (Film & TV)
  • Web Page Designer
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Layout Editor
  • Newspaper Artist
  • Painter or Sculptor
  • Paintings Restorer
  • Gallery Director
  • Curator
  • Audio Visual Production
  • Book Illustrator
  • Cartoonist
  • CD Designer
  • Color Expert
  • Commercial Designer
  • Computer Graphics
  • Costume Designer
  • Educational Programming
  • Fashion Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Greeting Card Illustrator
  • Photojournalist
  • Photographer
  • Printmaker
  • Publisher
  • Set Designer
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Textile Designer
  • Toy Designer
  • Registrar
  • Conservator
  • Fine Art Handling (Installing Art)
Professional and Student Organizations
Professional Organizations Student Organizations (Eagle Engage)
College Art Association Club Mud
American Art Therapy Association Jewelry Guild
National Art Education Association The Design Group
Piedmont Arts Association Paper and Print Society
Industrial Designers Society of America Student Art League
Graphics & Printing Association
Salary Information
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Internet Resources

Last updated: 12/18/2020