What Can I Do with My Art Major?

Overview

The goals of the studio art program are two-fold: first, to develop students’ ability to engage in creative thinking and to become visually literate; and second, to prepare students for graduate study and a career in the arts. The program encourages students to explore their own definitions of creativity and imagination through a chosen medium, while at the same time working to realize Georgetown’s goal of educating the whole person. Students may concentrate their studies on painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, or electronic media, and are additionally required to take one art history course. By facilitating an open environment for the free expression of ideas, the studio art program hopes to enhance students’ sense of confidence and self-worth.

Skills

The study of studio art facilitates the development of a core set of skills sought after by employers in a wide range of occupational settings. A sample of these skills and qualities follows.

Visual Literacy

  • Perceptual organization
  • Organizing sensory information
  • Understanding artistic intent
  • Conveying complex information
  • Communicating visually
  • Synthesizing visual elements

Creative Thinking

  • Independent thinking
  • Utilizing multiple approaches to solve problems
  • Evaluating solutions
  • Creating original sources
  • Seeking diverse perspectives
  • Taking risks

Human Relations

  • Cultural awareness
  • Marketing ideas and works
  • Communicating with clients
  • Listening intently
  • Flexibility and openness to originality
  • Assuming leadership roles
Sample Internship Opportunities
  • Museums (e.g., National Gallery of Art, United States Marine Corps – History and Museums Division)
  • Illustrator - using QuarkXPress, Adobe Illustrator (e.g., Consumer Electronics)
  • Nonprofit agencies (e.g., Crafts Center)
  • Design centers (e.g., Wordmarque Design)
  • Magazines (e.g. National Geographic)
  • Marketing & Advertising (e.g. Tim Kenney Marketing)

Where are Georgetown Art History Majors Now?

  • Private artist
  • Interior designer
  • Industrial consultant
  • Advertising associate
  • Marketing associate
  • Art school dean
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Museum conservator
  • Jewelry designer
  • Art therapist
  • High school teacher
  • College professor
  • Architect
  • Web designer
  • Ergonomics engineer
  • Museum curator
  • Product packaging designer
  • Industrial design
  • Fashion designer
  • Museum art installer
  • Set designer
  • Cinematographer
  • Art dealer
  • Textile designer
  • Computer game designer
  • Museum membership manager
  • Photographer
  • Urban designer
  • Animation/Sequential art
Relevant Web Sites and Publications
Professional Organizations

Art Major Snapshot

For information about career options, internship and full-time opportunities, contact the Career Education Center at One Leavey Center, (202) 687-3493 or visit our Web site. For more information about the major and degree requirements, contact the Department of Art, Music and Theater at 102 Walsh, (202) 687-7010.