Career Skills and Research
RESEARCHING YOUR CAREER IDEAS:
How do you find out what’s out there? Researching careers is a time-consuming, but necessary process. Waiting until graduation to start thinking about your career plans is as absurd as studying after you’ve taken your final exams.
SKILLS/ABILITIES (that are essential for all art majors):
- Awareness of art history
- Awareness of other cultures
- Aesthetic judgment
- Analytical ability
- Knowledge of various mediums and creative applications
- Verbal and written ability
- Logical reasoning
- Ability to describe
- Problem Solving
- Knowledge of terminology
- Research/ information gathering
- Attention to detail
Suggestions to Enhance Your Skills:
- Express yourselves creatively as much as possible
- Make art as much as your schedule allows
- Get together with other students for outside class informal discussions and critiques
- Utilize Gillett studios for private group or on-on-one critiques and discussions
- Volunteer to do stage design for campus theatrical or musical productions
- Exhibit your work in the library or any local reputable gallery Learn digital imaging
- Learn technical skills like desktop publishing
- Design comic strips, spot illustrations, etc. for the Octagon, Sybil, yearbook, etc.
- Develop marketing and communication skills
- Market events for student organizations
- Design costumes for theatre productions
- Design bulletin boards in residence halls
- Create a portfolio of your works
- Learn photography
- Take pictures for the Octagon, Sybil, yearbook, etc.
- Submit your work to on campus, regional and national Juried Shows, etc.
- Become involved in professional organizations and join on-campus groups such as the Café Society, or other regional Art Societies, etc.
Field experience is as critical as working in the studio. Field experience entails learning to network, talk to professionals and in the process gain insight, information and confidence. It is important to be part of a community and job market in order to understand the mechanisms at hand. Learning the ropes of the art market is invaluable. Internships provide excellent networking opportunities for studio arts majors who wish to observe and experience the real world of a studio artist. It is critical to spend time in the larger arena of the professional art world. It is imperative to establish the proper relationships with people in the industry who might be able to facilitate your inclusion, productivity and success. As a point of information, a Term III course “Making Art in NYC” aka “PROJECT DUMBO” taught by Professor Marc Dennis satisfies and potentially exceeds this need. Please continue reading below for information on this unique course. And feel free to contact Professor Dennis for more information on this course.