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A Career Guide for the Art Major


The Department of Art offers three undergraduate degree programs for Art majors: the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with concentrations in Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Printmaking, Photography and Graphic Design; the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with Teacher Certification, and the Bachelor of Arts in Art History. These degrees provide training in specialized media for studio artists and academic work for art historians. All of the art degree programs involve students in technical and creative endeavors while informing them of changes that have taken place in the art world over time.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

Interests
  • Experimenting with various mediums, i.e. drawing, painting, sketching, pottery, photography, computer animation, and sculpting
  • Creating realistic/abstract works
  • Visiting museums/galleries
  • Aesthetic appreciation for the Arts
Aptitudes
  • Designing
  • Analytical thinking
  • Good visual presentation skills
  • Perseverance
  • Creative and original thinking
  • Strong sense of space and color
  • Computer literacy
  • Self-motivation
  • Technical talent/artistic ability
  • Drawing
  • Abstract conceptualization
  • Discipline

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS


The undergraduate curriculum required for majors in art allows a specialization in the areas of Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Photography, or Art History. Transfer students must have had Art Appreciation, Design, Drawing I and II, Color Fundamentals, 3-D Design (except Graphic Design) and some other studio experience prior to entering the program. Otherwise, these lower-division requirements may be satisfied at Florida Atlantic University. All studio art majors must have 12 credits in 4000 level art history courses and must have completed Senior Seminar, as well as the appropriate credit hours in concentration & 12 credit hours studio art electives.

Art majors may not take an art course under the pass/fail option, nor will a grade below "C" in an art course be counted toward fulfilling the requirements of the major.


OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


The following are examples of positions often held by Art graduates:

Museum Director
Gallery Director
Exhibiting Artist
Graphic Designer
Computer Imaging Designer
Art Teacher/Professor
Art Director (Films)
Art Director (Advertising)
Illustrator
Curator
Chief Curator
Conservator
Docent Coordinator
Computer Animator
Head of Outreach Education
Critic
Art Administrator
Art Archivist
Art Critic
Art Editor (Newspapers; Magazines)
Commercial Artist/Muralist
Slide Librarian
Restorer
Art Therapist
Juror - Art Exhibits
Fashion Designer
Director of Recreation, Children/Seniors
Sales Manager
Public Information Officer
Director of Development
Program Specialist
Executive Director Foundation
Production Assistant
Translator
Editor
Publicist
Art Transporter
Framing Technician
Custom Framer
Art Supply Store Manager/Owner
Interior Design

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study and/or additional training.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


For information about choosing a career, graduate/professional school, internships or job descriptions,and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)
561-297-3533

Davie Campus - Modular G
954-236-1214

Jupiter Campus - SR 110
561-799-8010

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Dorothy F.Schmidt College of Arts & Letters
Boca Raton Campus - Arts & Humanities Building, Room 213 (AH 213)
561-297-3800

Boca Raton Campus, Department of Art
Arts and Humanities Building, Room 106(AH 106)
561-297-3871


Davie Campus - Dorothy F.Schmidt College of Arts & Letters
Liberal Arts Building, Room 421 (LA 421)
954-236-1104


The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the Schmidt College of Arts & Humanities and the Department of Visual Arts and Art History.
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