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The field of arts is very diverse. It often attracts people who have creative interests and want to earn a living pursuing related vocations. Professionals in this field have a deep appreciation for art, photography, music, design, performance, culture and/or language. They may value originality, innovation, and diversity of ideas and perspectives. There are a variety of settings: art studios, theatres, galleries, museums, recording studios, production sets, and office settings. Employment of art and design occupations is projected to grow two percent from 2014 to 2024, and some of the growth areas include graphic design, game design, and multimedia and web design. It is important to keep in mind that the arts are highly competitive for both salaried and freelance work due to the supply and demand for the arts, so it can be common for people in this field to have multiple jobs or to have a full-time job in a different field and pursue their creative passions in their free time, at least initially until they’ve more fully established themselves.
There is not one major or minor that will prepare you for this field as there are many pathways, the lists below are not all-inclusive.
Consider taking coursework in art, history, music, theatre, global studies, anthropology, and languages. Check out the HECUA program which offers off-campus study options that address some of the most important issues of our time, including programs on Art for Social Change and Making Media, Making Change.
For a deeper study on a specific discipline within this field, you may want to consider graduate school programs to enhance your expertise, or in some fields open up more job advanced job opportunities. Faculty in your department are fantastic resources to solicit information from. Additionally, you can search for graduate school programs with the Grad School Directory or Peterson's Guide.
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Arts Career Field Spotlights