Art

Preparation for Success

Art students begin with foundation courses in design, drawing, and art appreciation. Students expecting to work toward a BFA or BA with emphasis in art should work closely with their advisor and give careful attention to the requirements of the selected baccalaureate institution and should be working on a quality portfolio to present for evaluation after transferring. Studies in computer graphics will contribute to the success of a professional career in art and design.

Postsecondary training is recommended for all artist specialties. Although formal training is not strictly required, it is very difficult to become skilled enough to make a living in the arts without it. Many colleges and universities offer programs leading to the bachelor's or master's degree in fine arts. Formal educational programs in art also provide training in computer techniques. Computers are used widely in the visual arts, and knowledge and training in computer graphics and other visual display software are critical elements of many jobs in these fields.