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How easy is it to major in music and minor in graphic arts in most colleges?

I will have a much better chance of getting into colleges and getting scholarships in music than in graphic arts. I have been playing trumpets since 3rd grade and I am pretty good. But, I don't wan't to be a performer for a living; my long term goal is graphic arts.
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Alan’s Answer

Hi Jens,


That will really depend on what school/program you're in if it's possible at all. As Theresa mentioned above these programs can be very hours intensive. In my school's design program we did not have a minor because of this. I don't think others minored in our program either, though there were some studying advertising in another communications program that were required to take some of our classes.


There might be the option to take the classes without filling a degree track requirement if one just wants to learn and can get accepted into the class. But if you really want to work in the graphic arts, don't get the music degree; get the graphic arts degree. Prospective employers aren't going to be looking to hire somebody with a music degree for a graphic design job. And you would probably have not put enough work into a portfolio to be considered.


That said, getting into school and picking a degree track aren't mutually inclusive. You can change majors while in school.


Best of luck with whatever education you end up choosing

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Theresa’s Answer

I hear you and want you to weigh this out. Regarding art and music classes, there is a disproportionate amount of time against the amount of credits granted. For instance, a 3 credit design class will meet for 6 hours a week and require another 3-6 hours outside of class. Music is the same. Consider carefully how you work this out.
My best to you, Theresa
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Cuong’s Answer

Hey Jens,


Since you are trying to major in Music and minor in Graphic Arts. Doing both will be a challenge but I can see why you would want to that from your question. I would recommend looking into Motion Graphics. In a nut shell, it's animations and music production all in one.


I do both, motion graphics and creating the music for my motion graphics. I used After Effects to create the motion graphics while using FL Studio to create the scores for each motion graphics pieces.


If your long-term is Graphic Arts. I would say, go into that more than Music despite getting easier into school. But if you're going to money-wise, it's not a bad approach. It will be somewhat difficult.


I hope I helped you in the slightest.

Feel free to ask me any questions.

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