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What would I need to major in if I'm interested in both math and art?

As a currently graduating senior in high school, I will be going to a community college to complete my prerequisites and the transfer to a four year university. Although I'm a little shaky on choosing a major, One of my long time interests is art; I've been drawing and experimenting since I was 10. However, just this year, I realize that I've done pretty well in my AP calculus class. Many people even came up to me as a tutor. Although I'm considering a career in psychology, my math teacher, parents and their friends are trying to push me toward an engineering school because there will be more jobs in that field. But, my heart is set on something artistic, allowing me to express myself. I've seen some behind the senses of making a Pixar movie on khan academy, but I'm not sure where to start. Thank you to anyone who responds. #art #computer-programming #animation #3d-animation #computer-animation

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David’s Answer

Hi Briana,


Artist here. My dad was an engineer. He wanted to pursue art but being poor and 'mathematically inclined' he went the way of engineering and mathematics. I too excelled in math, I see equations in color. Councillors, teachers, friends and my mother all pushed very hard to get me to go into enginering. My dad said no. I have a lot of friends who are engineers, I love them all but they are boring. Artists are weird but not boring. Psychologists are a bit of both. That said, art and psychology play well together.


As much as math and the computer sciences are important to film and art, they are the backend. You know, the backend code. Not sexy, no one knows what is does outside of that field. And now for the grand contradiction! Art, and math and psychology all require an analytical mind. The three utilise the same processes of problem solving. So the question you need to be asking yourself is what types of problems do I want to dedicate my life to solving?


Since you are going to start at a community college, why not take classes in all three? They are all interconnected after all.

Thank you comment icon Thank you for the advise and taking the time out of your day to respond. I'll continue to explore at my community college and see where my interests take me. Briana
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Wael’s Answer

Of course engineering. Check the links below to see the art in engineering.


https://ciprianicharlesdesigns.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/1232231034_12298478592402584060ao0.gif
http://static1.squarespace.com/static/516dc2efe4b0633e7b26d97e/516de2f4e4b0633e7b276002/51718be5e4b0bb820aa251e8/1366395882275/Civil-Engineering-Aerial-Dubai-Sheihk-Zayed-Highway-UAE-2.JPG?format=750w
http://www.carzi.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/pagani-zonda-r-111.jpg
http://www.thecarbonfiberjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Pagani-Huayra_21.jpg
http://www.electronicsandyou.com/PCB/pcb.jpg

Thank you comment icon Thank you for your response and taking the time out of your day to write back. I will look into some engineering classes in my community college, especially since these designs are intriguing and work around two fields that i enjoy. Thank you again. Briana
Thank you comment icon You make anything to be art. You just need the right proportions and colors. Wael Al-Rihawi
Thank you comment icon You are welcome! Best of luck. Please keep me posted. I would like to follow your progress! Ken Simmons
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Shankar’s Answer

Whichever one you like more would be what is most preferable.


Believe it or not there is tons of translational medical research being done with both mathematics and chemistry, so research wise you would be completely fine with either discipline. Admissions wise I'd say it won't make much of a difference, though I've heard that for some medical schools being a math major might give you a very small advantage. If nothing else, it would make you stand out from the thousands of biochemistry/chemistry applicants they get every year.


As long as you complete the prerequisites man it honestly doesn't matter what your major is. As long as it's something you love, something your good at, and (for MD PhD) something you want to do research in, you will be fine

Thank you comment icon I'm sorry this comes late, I haven't had the chance to sit down and write back, but thank you for the info. However, I don't remember mentioning anything about chemistry or medical school. Nevertheless, it's great to consider all options before committing. And,of course, I am ready and open to look beyond a bachelor's degree. Thank you again and enjoy the rest of your day. Briana
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Ken’s Answer

Hi Briana!


You are looking at a very interesting combination!


Here are some suggestions:


http://work.chron.com/careers-combine-science-art-14260.html
http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/visual-arts-film-majors/1279043-im-artistic-academic-art-applications-science-math-fields-ideas.html
http://www.dreambox.com/blog/7-dream-jobs-that-require-math


Best of luck! Please keep me posted! i would like to follow your progress!

Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the links, they are really interesting! As mentioned before, even with my abilities in math, I feel that I need a creative edge to inspire me. I have been very interested in animation for quite some time, but with my interests in Psychology, I may be looking into art therapy. I hope that at community college, I will be able to explore more and experiment with my different Interests. Thank you again! Briana
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Robert’s Answer

Computer science but specializing in software that filmmakers use. Also take a few art and video classes. Industry tools require C++ and Python. Hope that helps.

Thank you comment icon Thank you, I'll look into doing some of those classes to see what I'll enjoy doing. Briana
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