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The pathway of visual arts offers focus in visual art, graphic design, and multi-media design. Visual art degree provides students with experience with drawing, design, painting, and history. Graphic Design degree and certificate offers students the chance to use fundamental skills of a designer through print, multimedia, and web. Finally, Multi-Media Design degree and certificate teaches design skills for CD ROM, interactive DVD, digital video editing, motion picture, web production, digital imaging, and print design. All pathways provide the students with course work that will help them to continue studying Fine and Applied Art.

Career Strategies

Visual Arts Strategies

  • Gain relevant experience through internships or volunteer positions in museums or galleries (e.g. Carroll Arts Council, BMA, etc.).
  • Participate in juried shows and exhibitions.
  • Maintain an up-to-date physical and digital portfolio of your work.
  • Gain additional skills and experience through an apprenticeship, internship or volunteer position with a professional artist or organization.
  • Secure guild membership.
  • Learn to network and make contacts.
  • Gain relevant experience through part-time jobs and internships.
  • Obtain summer or part-time experience with book, magazine or newspaper publishers.
  • Develop attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Supplement the program's coursework with course work in advertising or business.
  • Develop proficiency with photo editing software.
  • Volunteer with fundraising efforts for the arts.
  • Gain valuable experience through volunteering, internships, part-time and summer jobs, and apprenticeships.
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in areas of interest to learn more about opportunities and strategies for these areas. Learn to network.
  • Develop skills in business management, computers, marketing and other related areas to increase marketability.
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of business principles. More than half of all professional artists are self-employed.
  • Apprentice with a freelancer.
  • Volunteer to assist gallery director in hanging exhibitions on campus.
  • Participate in art clubs, juried shows and exhibitions, including Carroll's Student Exhibition.
  • Volunteer to teach drawing, painting and visual arts in local senior centers or nursing homes.
  • Join art related professional associations to learn about opportunities, competitions and networking with other artists:

General Strategies

  • Earn good grades. Grades are an indicator of technical competence and of a person's work ethic.
  • Attend programs and activities sponsored by the Creative Arts Area of Study and related Areas of Study.
  • Attend a resume, social media, or personal branding workshop on campus.
  • Develop leadership skills through participation in student organizations (e.g. Campus Activities Board, SGO, etc.).
  • Network: Talk with people working in the field or affiliated with arts organizations to find out about jobs and opportunities. Join professional groups to make contacts.
  • Follow blogs or websites of creative professionals you admire.
  • Participate in leadership programs like the Leadership Challenge/Advanced Leadership Challenge.
  • Participate in service-learning events through classes or one-day volunteer programs (e.g. Cold Weather Shelter, Westminster Clean-up, etc.) either through the college or in the community.