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What are some art/ creative related majors?

I am interested in art related things, but I don't know what major I can choose that will give me a realistic job out of college.

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Pamela’s Answer

This thread is brimming with excellent career suggestions, so I won't repeat them. Instead, let me introduce you to another exciting option: becoming a service designer. Service design involves strategizing and organizing people, infrastructure, communication, and material elements of a service to enhance its quality. It also aims to improve the interaction between the service provider and its users.

Imagine a UX design role, but supercharged. As a service designer, you're not just crafting meaningful and relevant experiences for users. You're also delving into the people, processes, and technologies needed to transform the current state into an improved end-state experience.

To gain more insight into this role, I highly recommend visiting the Nielsen Norman Group website at https://www.nngroup.com/articles/service-design-101/.

I wish you the best in your career exploration!
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Kim’s Answer

There are several art-related majors that can lead to realistic job opportunities after college. Some popular ones include:

1. Graphic Design: This major focuses on visual communication and design skills, which are in high demand across industries.

2. Illustration: If you love creating visuals, illustration can be a great fit. It can lead to careers in publishing, advertising, and digital media.

3. Animation: This major combines art and technology, preparing you for careers in animation studios, gaming companies, and film production.

4. Art Education: If you're passionate about sharing your love for art, becoming an art teacher could be a fulfilling career path.

5. Fine Arts: This major allows you to explore various art forms, such as painting, sculpture, and photography. It can lead to careers as a professional artist, concert photographer, curator, or art therapist.

However two popular positions now are UI/UX Designer and Creative Director.

UI/UX Designer: A UI/UX (User Interface/User Experience) Designer is responsible for creating the visual and interactive elements of digital products, such as websites and mobile apps. They focus on designing interfaces that are intuitive, visually appealing, and provide a seamless user experience. They collaborate with developers and conduct user research to understand user needs and preferences, ensuring that the design meets both aesthetic and functional requirements.

Creative Director: A Creative Director is a leadership role in the creative industry. They oversee the creative vision and direction of a project or organization. They work closely with a team of designers, copywriters, and other creatives to develop and execute concepts that align with the client's or company's goals. Creative Directors provide guidance, feedback, and inspiration to ensure that the creative work meets high standards and effectively communicates the desired message.

Both UI/UX Designers and Creative Directors play crucial roles in the creative industry, bringing their artistic skills, strategic thinking, and problem-solving abilities to create engaging and impactful experiences for users and clients.

Remember, there are job opportunities in the art field, but it's important to build a strong portfolio, gain practical experience through internships or freelance work, and network within the industry.
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Mary’s Answer

For a long time, I was in the same boat, and I took EVERYTHING art related. This wasn't a bad idea; I have a wide understanding of various art mediums. But I really found my calling when I decided to study Film as a major. Film involves everything: writing, photography, design, fashion, computer and practical effects, acting, problem solving, collaboration, sound production, animation, etc. Plus, given the purpose of film, you are always learning new things about the world. You're always telling stories about people, places, things you didn't know about before.

It's a great industry for creative people. But even if you don't stay in the film industry, you learn a lot of skills that can be used elsewhere. Also, I personally feel that, since film is such a huge part of our culture, it should be required learning. Film has been influencing our society, for better and worse, for a century now, and we as a whole still don't fully understand it.

Im excited for you! Good luck!
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Linda’s Answer

I have a Fine Arts degree and I chose Interior Designer as a career but originally thought I wanted to design textiles . The umbrella for Fine Arts is pretty large under which many creative options lye. There is Architecture which is a very for filling creative outlet as well. You should see if you could spend a day with different professionals doing creative work to measure your interests in different skills and the ones you are drawn to try to practice on your own, this will tell you in short measures weather you would grow in that field or not. My only other career choosing advice is this, If you were independently wealthy and didn't have to work, what one thing that you enjoy most doing would occupy your time. Figure that out and pick a career where you would get paid to do just that!!! Good luck
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Marylou’s Answer

Great question! First of all, I must say, the thing to do is ask questions! And there you are!

I went to Villanova University. When I got there, I didn’t see a major that I liked. So I went to the head of the education department, and to the head of the theater department. And I said to both of them talk to each other and make me a degree. And they did! I was the first person to graduate with a bachelor of science in theater communication education.

Don’t be shy to ask for what you want. I know it’s intimidating and I’m a shy person. But I didn’t let it stop me. And I’ve had a life long career as an actor and as an acting teacher.

Go forward and prosper!
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Caitlin’s Answer

Hi Amy! This might not be exactly what you are looking for but if you are wanting a science-based career that allows you to be creative, I would suggest looking into working in food science. I currently work in recipe development which allows me to be creative in what flavors I add and which dishes I make but I also spend a decent amount of time in the lab testing samples for texture, color, nutritional content, and more. I understand you are probably looking for something more along the visual arts but food science does allow you to be creative while working in a mainly chemistry-based field. Either way, food science was something that wasn’t even on my radar until I was a senior in high school and I found it from looking into a local university and seeing what majors they offer. I would suggest checking universities that you might be interested in and seeing just what majors they offer and if any of them speak to you.

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Feel free to reach out if you would like more information!
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