The University of Kansas School of the Arts, which is housed under the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a BFA or a BA, as well as a MA in Visual Arts. The degrees are divided into eight specializations which are Ceramics, Drawing & Painting, Expanded Media, Metalsmithing/Jewelry, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles, and Visual Art Education. The undergraduate program also includes a Professional Activities Seminar that helps prepare seniors for gallery representation, graduate school application, and alternative career options. If students so choose, they may further their education and work towards a Masters in Fine Arts. Individuals graduating with a degree in art often are self-employed, may have multiple jobs at one time, and often teach at some point in their lives.
Sample of Related Skills
- Understand technologies utilized in the creation, dissemination, documentation, and preservation of works of art
- Demonstrate competence with the principles of visual organization, including the ability to work with visual elements in two and three dimensions; color theory and its applications; and drawing
- Apply knowledge of the principles of visual organization to conduct formal analysis of artworks
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of media, technologies and equipment applicable to their area of emphasis. This includes environmentally responsible practice
- Identify the major historical achievements in world art, ethical and formal issues, current processes, and directions of their area(s) of emphasis
- Integrate skills in studio practice, theory, analysis, media and technology to address a variety of art problems, independently and in collaboration with others
- Demonstrate through public exhibition the capability to produce work that embodies a coherent set of artistic and intellectual goals
Popular Career Paths
Art Education: Involves educating others, including children through senior citizens, on art techniques or history, often in a school, community, or healthcare organization.
Corporate Art: Includes assisting companies with corporate art collections and/or communications.
Entrepreneurship: Allows individuals to utilize their talents in art and business to start their own art-based business or organization.
Professional Artist: Involves using artistic talents to create and sell art for profit.
Freelance Work: Entails utilizing one’s network and resources to contract with individuals, companies, or organizations to complete project-based assignments.
Explore More Career Paths
- Cultural Heritage - AIC - online career resources from a professional organization for those interested in the conservation of historic and artistic works
- Association of Teaching Artists - information for professional artists who teach or want to teach
- Go Government - Visual Arts - online resource for those interested in utilizing their art degree in the federal government
- National Association of Independent Artists - organization that serves to enhance economic well-being of those who exhibit their artwork at quality art shows
- National Portfolio Day Association - national organization for those in the art community who are needing assistance in their portfolios
- Strategic National Arts Alumni Project - annual online survey, data management, and institutional improvement system for arts gradates
- The Curb Center - a national policy center committed to research and teaching that challenges leaders to rethink the place of art and creativity in our world
Jobs to Consider
- App Developer
- Art Auctioneer
- Art Director
- Art Editor
- Art Educator
- Art Lecturer
- Artists' Agent
- Combat Photographer
- Corporate Curators
- Fashion Designer
- Film Editor
- Foundry Artist
- Freelance Artist
- Gallery Director/Owner
- Jewelry Designer
- Layout Designer
- Museum Guide
- Police Sketch Artist
- Self-Employed Artist
- Set Designer
- Technical Illustrator
- Wallpaper Designer
Places to Seek Employment
- Art Studios
- Art Shops
- Art Supply Shops
- Arts Administrator
- Corporate Communications
- Corporate Companies (corporate art collections)
- Digital Facilities
- Etsy Shop
- Fashion Houses
- Film Companies
- Jewelry Stores
- Local Historical Societies
- Newspaper/Publishing Houses
- Open Galleries
- Photographic Darkroom
- Private Businesses
- Public/Private Schools
- Therapy Centers
- Urban Planning Firms
Job and Internship Search Resources
- American Association of Museums - national job listings board for those interested in working in museums from a professional organization
- Americans for the ARTS - job bank with careers in the arts
- Apparel Executives - job listings for both internships and full-time positions in the apparel and fashion industries
- ArtSchools - online resource for portfolio preparation for college and employment opportunities
- Creative Hotlist - online search engine geared towards career development in the art fields
- Coroflot - online resource for the "creative world at work" featuring job listings board, portfolio advice, groups, and general career advice
- Incredible Art - national job listings board arranged by state which offers a variety of art related jobs
- National Art Education Association - premier electronic recruitment resource for the profession, includes job listings
Career Exploration Hub
- Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields.
- Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internships, part-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
- Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
- Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
- Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center.
- Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
- Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
- Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills.
- Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
- Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.