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Academic Information:

What is Art?

From the "Free Dictionary"
The conscious use of the imagination in the production of objects intended to be contemplated or appreciated as beautiful, as in the arrangement of forms, sounds, or words.
Such activity in the visual or plastic arts: takes classes in art at the college.
Products of this activity; imaginative works considered as a group: art on display in the lobby.
A field or category of art, such as music, ballet, or literature.
A nonscientific branch of learning; one of the liberal arts.
A skill that is attained by study, practice, or observation: the art of negotiation.

Career Information

Typical Job Titles


  • Conservator/restorer*
  • Fine arts handler
  • Appraiser
  • Arts consultant
  • Design consultant
  • Historical preservation coordinator*
  • Artist-in-residence


  • Industrial designer*
  • Fashion designer*
  • Interior designer*
  • Executive search consultant
  • Gallery operator
  • Consumer goods salesperson
  • Marketing manager
  • Marketing consultant
  • Animator
  • Media consultant
  • Commercial artist
  • Cinematographer
  • Art director
  • Computer programmer*
  • Publicist
  • Web Designer


  • Teacher
  • Professor*
  • Librarian*
  • Curator*
  • Grants specialist
  • Art critic
  • Graphic artist/layout editor*
  • Photographer
  • Exhibit designer
  • Information specialist
  • Arts programmer (TV/Radio)
  • Arts writer/reporter
  • Book/journal editor
  • Cartoonist
  • Film/video engineer

Human Services/Management

  • Arts therapist*
  • City cultural events planner
  • Museum director*
  • Archivist*
  • Arts council director
  • Preservation council director
  • Community arts center director

Typical Places of Employment

  • Advertising firms
  • Historical societies
  • Architectural firms
  • Libraries
  • Art galleries
  • Magazines & newspapers
  • Boat yards (woodworking)
  • Museums
  • Business corporations
  • Art lessons
  • Garment industries
  • Publishing companies
  • Community organizations
  • Retail stores
  • Colleges, schools &universities
  • Teaching hospitals and law firms (medical illustration for court cases)
  • Photography studios
  • City, state or federal government.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Composing, writing
  • Working independently
  • Acting, performing
  • Decorating, designing
  • Publicizing
  • Teaching
  • Curating exhibits
  • Image digitization
  • Grant writing
  • Creating artwork
  • Organizing exhibits

Alumni Resources

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)
-Jaclyn Coldwell-Patuxent Publishing-Graphic Designer
-Holly Shiflett-Spectrum Pacific Learning Company-Associate Director of Client Services
-Jason Masten-Brown University-Technology Coordinator
-Jennifer Webb-Neiman Group-Production Manager
-Victoria Siegel-How It Works-Web Designer

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