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WHAT CAN I DO WITH A MAJOR IN... ART. www.sc.edu/career. art. The quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.*

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art

The quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.*

*Art." Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 24 Jul. 2009. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/brows

Last updated 3/2011 by A. Bervine

art majors are
Art Majors Are
  • Creative problem solvers
  • Design-conscious
  • Experimenters
  • Self-disciplined
  • Visually aware
  • Open to criticism and discussion
  • Aware of historical and cultural contexts

...and more

specializations
Specializations
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Art Studio
  • Media Art
1 art education
1. Art Education
  • A broad overview of visual art principles, with examples from the history of art including viewing, interpreting, producing art. Methods of teaching art criticism and production to children and young adults.
  • Prepares one for work in museums, galleries, non-profit organizations, business, government, and education.
2 art history
2. Art History
  • A broad overview of world art history drawing upon art, history, archaeology, anthropology, psychology, and other disciplines with emphasis on visual skills and verbalization of the visual.
  • Can prepare one for work in museums, historical societies, historic sites, business, government, archives, and education.
3 art studio
3. Art Studio
  • A broad overview of visual thinking and principles of design along with theories of color, composition, history and production using a variety of two and three-dimensional mediums.
  • Can prepare one for work in museums, galleries, government, business, publishing, archives, design, fashion, and education.
4 media art
4. Media Art
  • A broad overview of art history and appreciation of film, photography, audio, and video production. Sound and visual thinking and its applications in electrographic and photographic media production.
  • Can prepare one for work in television and print media production, galleries, archives, publishing firms, and all areas of design.
art at the university of south carolina

Art Education

  • Art History
Art At The University Of South Carolina
  • The department of Art is divided into four divisions
  • Studio Art
  • Media Arts
art majors develop skills in
Art Majors Develop Skills In
  • Originating new ideas
  • Communicating ideas graphically
  • Interpreting visual and audio instruction
  • Visualizing and evaluating works to weigh esthetic alternatives
  • Adapting techniques, tools, and materials to fit context and goals
  • Designing products to meet needs and tastes
  • Using visuals to enhance written messages
  • Illustrating literary work to fit mood
art majors develop skills in1
Art Majors Develop Skills In
  • Criticizing, evaluating and explaining works of art
  • Verbally communicating principles, skills, and appreciation of art to others
  • Using two and three-dimensional techniques to show relationship, color and contrast for visual impact
employment settings
Employment Settings
  • Design/Publishing: Drawing from the areas of sociology, psychology, and anthropology work makes use of graphic design, illustration, and imagery to match product form with utility. This is done through the use of color, shape, texture, typography, composition, and integration of images with text. Specializations exist within most consumer goods areas.
sample occupational titles associated with design publishing
Sample Occupational Titles Associated With Design/Publishing
  • Animator
  • Art/creative director
  • Arts critic
  • Art historian
  • Computer designer
  • Drafter
  • Entertainment designer
  • Fashion designer
  • Instrument maker
  • Interior designer
  • Layout manager
  • Magazine researcher
  • Medical illustrator
  • Product merchandiser
  • Photojournalist
  • Textile designer
  • Video producer
employment settings1
Employment Settings
  • Education: In both private and public kindergarten through twelfth-grade classrooms, as well as in colleges and universities educators instruct students in the fundamental concepts of art including color, design, production, appreciation, and history.
sample occupational titles associated with education
Sample Occupational Titles Associated With Education
  • Art Administrator
  • Art Director
  • Art Historian
  • Art Librarian
  • Art Therapist
  • Cinematographer
  • Curator
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Docent
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Graphist
  • Museum Conservator
  • Professor
  • Photojournalist
  • Photo Researcher
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Teacher
  • Topographer
employment settings2
Employment Settings
  • Galleries/Museums: Work deals with the conception and implementation of exhibit design, conservation, and administration. Professionals utilize strong backgrounds in art history and business to research and manage collections. Specialists are often employed for the purposes of developing and supervising special events, education, and fundraising programs.
sample occupational titles associated with galleries museums
Sample Occupational Titles Associated WithGalleries/Museums
  • Curator
  • Display Artist
  • Docent
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Fundraiser
  • Museum Tour Guide
  • Researcher
  • Topographer

Appraiser

Art Dealer

Art Historian

Arts Administrator

Artifact Preservationist

Conservator

Copy Writer

Creative Director

distribution of employed persons with a bachelor s degree in art visual by sector
Distribution Of Employed Persons With A Bachelor’s Degree In Art (Visual), By Sector

Source: Fogg, N.P, Harrington, P.E. & Harrington, T.F, (2004). College Majors Handbook (2nd ed). Indianapolis, IN: Jist Publishing.

top 10 occupations that employ persons with only a bachelor s degree in art
TOP 10 Occupations That Employ Persons With Only A Bachelor’s Degree In Art

Top and mid-level managers, executives

Free-lance artists

Teachers

Sales (including retail)

Museum technicians

Marketing, sales management

Writers, advertising and public relations specialists

Low-level managers (program managers)

Low-level administrators (assistant curators)

Gallery owners

Source: Fogg, N.P, Harrington, P.E. & Harrington, T.F, (2004). College Majors Handbook (2nd ed). Indianapolis, IN: Jist Publishing.

strategies for developing skills to get the job you want
Strategies For Developing Skills To Get The Job You Want
  • Intern in an art museum or gallery
  • Develop strength in areas of art history
  • Learn computer and clerical skills
  • Minor in a secondary area of interest like psychology, anthropology, or business
  • Acquire strong verbal and written communication abilities
  • Practice public speaking
  • Participate in art exhibitions
  • Secure guild and organization membership
strategies for developing skills to get the job you want1
Strategies For Developing Skills To Get The Job You Want
  • Develop an alternative means of supplementing your income as “insurance”
  • Learn how to write grants
  • Prepare a diversified portfolio of your work
  • Volunteer or work with children
  • Work on the layout or design of a campus publication
  • Take courses in photography
  • Do free-lancing
  • Obtain training and experience in various art media
books and web resources
Books And Web Resources

Web Resources

College Art Association - http://www.collegeart.org/

National Endowment for the Arts - http://arts.endow.gov/resources/disciplines/index.html

Books

Careers in art: an illustrated guide - by Gerald Brommer

Art that pays: the emerging artist's guide to making a living- by Adele Slaughter

resources for more information
Resources For More Information

Department of Art

http://www.cas.sc.edu/art/

Career Center Library

http://www.sc.edu/career/Library/library.html

Art Related Websites

http://www.sc.edu/career/la/art.html

CAS Career Development Website

www.sc.edu/career/cascdp/

career center contact information
Career Center Contact Information

University of South Carolina Career Center

6th Floor, H. William Close Building (BA Building)

Columbia, SC 29208

Phone: (803) 777-7280

On-call counseling without an appointment:

M - F, 1:00 am - 4:00 pm

(Summer and holiday hours may differ, please check the website at www.sc/edu/career)