With the huge demand for artistically trained and innovative individuals, the versatile set of skills you’ll develop with a degree in visual art from PLNU will help you pursue a seemingly endless number of available careers. PLNU’s visual arts program cultivates passion, creativity, and a desire to combine art, intellect, and faith, equipping you to become an original and expressive leader in whichever career path you pursue.
A Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art can lead to (but is not limited to) careers in:
- Art education
- Art therapy
- Gallery professional
- Stage and film art
- 3D fabrication
- Performance art
- Exhibiting artist at museums/galleries
- Public artist
What can you do with a visual art degree?
PLNU visual art alumni have gone on to a wide range of art-related careers such as starting their own businesses and holding various positions at arts organizations such as the Lux Art Institute, Contemporary Museum of Art, The New Children’s Museum, and many more.
The following are examples of positions that PLNU visual art alumni currently hold:
Art and Creative Directors
2020 Median annual salary $97,270
Art and creative directors are responsible for overseeing all artists and art produced for their organization. Art and creative directors are hired across many artistic outlets such as TV and film industries, advertising, publishing, and video gaming. They’re typically in charge of a team of designers and are meant to facilitate an environment that produces effective and engaging artwork to promote their organization. Some of their tasks include: reviewing finalized designs and providing feedback to artists, working with clients and leadership to understand requirements, presenting artwork to clientele or upper management, and gathering feedback to help improve their organization.
Web Developers and Digital Interface Designers
2020 Median annual salary $77,200
Web developers and digital interface designers create and maintain websites. Responsibilities of web developers and digital interface designers are: writing and editing web page content, designing website layout, and consistently updating websites in time with the organization's developments. It's also important to note that any position related to technology will develop and evolve as technology improves and transforms, meaning your roles and responsibilities will develop and change, so a degree of flexibility is definitely a must for this profession.
What it takes to be a web developer or digital interface designer:
- Fundamentals of design imaging
- Basic web design
- Content management
- Editing for video and audio
- Multimedia programming and technology
2020 Median annual salary $80,790
Postsecondary teachers instruct students beyond the high school level in a wide variety of academic and technical subjects. Most postsecondary teachers work at public and private colleges and universities, professional schools, and junior or community colleges. Other than fixed hours of direct teaching, postsecondary teachers have flexible schedules. Their other responsibilities may include administrative duties, advising students, and conducting research.
Furthermore, many PLNU visual art graduates have earned degrees from top M.F.A. programs and/or are successfully practicing in fields such as: fine arts, museum and gallery work, arts management, and publishing. Of those who received M.F.A. degrees in the last five years, 80% did so at institutions consistently ranked among the top 10 M.F.A. programs in the country, such as: Cranbrook Academy of Art, Indiana University, Rhode Island School of Design (7 PLNU alumni), San Diego State University, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, University of Edinburgh, University of North Carolina, University of Ohio, and University of Oregon.
Alumni listed the following skills as the top strengths they acquired as a visual art student at PLNU:
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe InDesign
- Graphic design
Visual art as a lifelong skill:
A visual arts major will help you become more perceptive, artistically analytical, and knowledgeable about artistic conceptualization and art history. By majoring in visual art at PLNU, you’ll develop a deep creative, intuitive mind and discover ways to see the world from an artistic viewpoint — taking you far on any path you pursue.
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