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Academic Information: -  top

What is Fine Arts? top

At some schools, art and design have gone their separate ways, but not at SU. Graphic design is our most popular track within the major, but we believe the best graphic designers are those with interests outside of the Mac Lab, too. On the other hand, painters, sculptors and glass artists in the 21st century must know their way around digital images and basic Web design. So, we require our B.F.A. majors, whatever their upper-level track may be, to take art electives in other areas of the department as well. We have heard repeatedly from visiting arts professionals that the sort of diverse creative problem solving students experience in a program like ours makes them more effective artists and designers when they go out into the world.

Career Information  -  top

Possible Job Titles  - top

  • Airbrush Artist
  • Architect
  • Architectural Drafter
  • Archivists and Curators
  • Art Conservator
  • Art Director
  • Art Director (motion picture, radio, TV)
  • Art Occupations
  • Art Supply Salesperson
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Artist
  • Artist Agent
  • Arts Administrator/Manager
  • Assembler, Musical Instruments
  • Audiovisual Prod. Spec.
  • Book Designer/Illustrator
  • Camera Operator
  • Cartographer
  • Cartoonist
  • Ceramic Engineer
  • Clothes & Costume Pattern Design
  • Clothes Designer
  • Color Consultant
  • Commercial Artist
  • Computer Aided Designer/Graphics
  • Critic
  • Custom Framer
  • Designers
  • Detail Design Paint. & Decor.
  • Director of Photography
  • Director, Instructional Material
  • Director, Motion Picture
  • Display Designer/Technician
  • Drafting Occupations
  • Editor, Book
  • Editor, Film
  • Editor, Magazine
  • Editor, Newspaper
  • Photojournalist
  • Printmaker
  • Studio artist
  • Studio art technician
  • Editors
  • Fashion Consultant
  • Fashion Coordinator
  • Film Editor
  • Floral Designer
  • Gallery Director
  • Graphic Artist
  • Graphic Commun. Occupations
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Image Consultant
  • Industrial Designer
  • Interior Decorator
  • Landscape Architect
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Memorial Designer
  • Motion Picture Director
  • Motion Picture Photographer
  • News Photographer
  • Painter
  • Pattern Designer
  • Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Precision Production Occupations
  • Printing Occupations
  • Producer (Radio & TV)
  • Publishing Occupations
  • Puppeteer
  • Sculptor
  • Set Designer
  • Sign Painter
  • Stained Glass Artist
  • Teacher: College/University
  • Teacher: Secondary
  • Television Producer
  • Textile Designer
  • Woodworker
  • Art historian
  • Ceramicist
  • Design consultant
  • Digital media artist/designer
  • Interface designer
  • Jeweler
  • Metalsmith

Typical Places of Employment  -  top

  • Advertising Agencies
  • Architectural Firms
  • Art Galleries
  • Computer Graphics Firms
  • Court System
  • Department Stores
  • Design Studios
  • Educational Institutions
  • Engineering Corporations
  • Fashion Houses
  • Federal Government
  • Greeting Card Company
  • Industry
  • Interior Design Dept/Firms
  • Magazines, Books, Newspapers
  • Museums
  • Newspapers
  • Photography/Design Studios
  • Publishing Houses
  • Television, Motion Pictures
  • Textile Companies
  • Universities & Colleges

Required Skills and Abilities -  top

  • Composing, writing
  • Working independently
  • Acting, performing
  • Playing musical instruments
  • Decorating, designing
  • Curating exhibits
  • Image digitization
  • Grant writing
  • Creating artwork
  • Organizing exhibits

Alumni Resources  -  top

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)

Doris Truitt 1999 Prometric Digital Designer
Holly Shiflett 1992 Spectrum Pacific Learning Company Associate Director of Client Services

Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field - top

Professional  Associations:

American Society of Artists

National Art Education Association

Professional Photographers of America

National Press Photographers Association

American Institute of Graphic Arts

Graphic Artists Guild National

National Cartoonists Society

Society of Illustrators

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