Student drawing in class

Studio Art

Studio Art and Graphic Design prepare students for a variety of career paths including graphic design, production design, photography, art direction, K-12 art education, art therapy, freelance art and illustration, and museum curation and preparation, just to name a few. We mentor students from diverse backgrounds in the creation and appreciation of works of art and design in preparation for graduate programs, careers in fields related to art and design, and in order to be ENGAGED GLOBAL CITIZENS.

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Recommendations for Art (ART) Majors

Year 1: Exploration

Students are exploring who they are, what they are interested in, if they are in the right major, what potential career paths exist.

  • SIGN UP for Eagle Connect powered by Handshake:
  • TAKE a Career Interest Survey
  • INVESTIGATE what other major/minors may be a good fit by attending the Majors/Minors Fair
  • ATTEND Undergraduate Research & Internship Day and Part-Tine Job Festival
  • CONSIDER the Leadership Development Program
  • ATTEND Art events and get to know faculty outside of the classroom
  • BEGIN to seek out online resources that provide you with career information about jobs
  • CONSIDER applying to the BFA program, especially after completing your Art Foundation courses

Year 2: Direction

Students begin developing a professional demeanor, learning career options, and participating in activities relevant to the profession.

  • BEGIN taking courses in your major concentration,if you haven’t already
  • ATTEND Careers for the Common Good Jobs, Internships & Volunteer Fair
  • CREATE a LinkedIn profile and visit Career Services Drop-In Express for help with your resume
  • LOOK for a volunteer or shadowing experience relevant to art and design
  • ATTEND Career lectures to hear professionals describe their journeys
  • CONSIDER attending conferences such as the Adobe MAX or Adobe Summit conferences
  • BEGIN keeping a record of job descriptions and consider taking courses in areas to help you meet some of the interested career areas.

Year 3: Credentials

Students complete opportunities to distinguish themselves from others through research, internships, volunteer work, study abroad, etc.

  • ATTEND Careers for the Common Good Jobs, Internships & Volunteer Fair
  • OBTAIN a leadership position on campus
  • ATTEND or present your work at professional conferences
  • PRESENT the results of your art and design work at Scholars Day
  • SEEK out internal and external internships
  • LEARN how to document and present your work professionally
  • CONSIDER study abroad or other external for-credit opportunities
  • SUBMIT your best work to the annual juried student art exhibition
  • IDENTIFY summer workshop opportunity and apply for Lipson Summer Study grant

Year 4: Targeting

Students polish and refine their job materials and prepare for entry into the job market/grad school.

  • COMPLETE capstone course ART401 Senior Seminar or ART450 Graphic Design Portfolio Practices
  • APPLY for graduate program to continue on track for certain art and design fields
  • SUBMIT your work to exhibition competitions, apply for artist residencies, and consider applying for grants
  • GIVE a presentation (e.g., Undergraduate Research & Internship Day, Scholar’s Day)
  • ASSEMBLE interview outfit (visit Professional Clothes Closet in Career Services)