Art: Major Map

Major Map: B.A. Art

The academic discipline of art exposes students to a rigorous program of undergraduate courses that are designed to prepare majors for advanced study and professional careers. Many graduates undertake careers in teaching, lecturing, studio, museum studies, film animation, editorial cartooning, architecture, fashion design, and graphic illustration. Also, theatrical and motion picture set decoration, urban design, interior design, industrial design, computer graphics, museum conservation, museum education and administration, gallery entrepreneurship and other related areas. The discipline's curriculum is in keeping with the mission of Fisk University as a liberal arts institution, and is taught in the spirit of the traditional academy wherein solid foundational training and sound philosophical values are highly prized.

The primary objectives of the academic discipline of art are designed so that students who successfully complete the undergraduate major in art will be able to demonstrate an:

  1. Understanding of aesthetic expression as a global language.
  2. Acquisition of knowledge relative to aesthetic elements as concepts.
  3. Understanding of art in a historical context.
  4. Technical proficiency in at least four of the seven media that are currently offered.
  5. Understanding of the social, business, political, and gender specific dynamics that influence the making and interpreting of art.


GET THE COURSES YOU NEED

Year 1

Fall Semester
Core 100/New Student Orientation Seminar
Core 150/Composition I
ART 101- Life Drawing and Composition (4 credits) or Art 111-Elementary Design
CORE 131/College Algebra
Span 101/French 101

Spring Semester
Core 160/Composition II and Oral Communication
Core 120/Critical Thinking
Span 102/French 102
Core132
Cognate

Major Requirements - Major 36 hours
Graphic Design Concentration 44 hours
Joint Requirements 24 hours
Minor Requirements 18 hours

Art Electives-Art Majors 8 hours
Art Electives-Joint Majors 4 hours
Cognate Requirements-Art Majors 12 hours-Joint Majors 8 hours
Art Minors (Film, Illustration, and Interior Design) begin taking required after Art 101

Year 2

Fall Semester
Core 201/Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship
Art 201-Methods and Materials of Painting
Core 240/Natural Science
Span 200/French 200
Cognate

Spring Semester
Art 207 or Art 208-Arts and Ideas
Core 260/Humanities
Section A/Cultural Exposure
Art Elective
Section C/The Arts

Graphic Design Concentration students began taking required classes after Art 101 and Art 111.

Year 3

Fall Semester
Art 301 or Art 302-Sculpture I or II
Art Elective
General Elective (2)

Spring Semester
General Elective (2)
CCSI 100 or equivalent

Year 4

Fall Semester
Art 401- Senior Portfolio (4 hours)
Cognate requirement (4 hours)
General Elective
Spring Semester
Art 402-Senior Portfolio (4 hours)
General Elective (2)


GET RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Year 1

Meet with advisor-discuss issues, concerns, and plans.

Discuss internship possibilities and opportunities with your academic advisor and the Office of Career Planning and Development.

Create a resume and go to Career Planning and Development for review of your resume.

Attend Art Lectures on campus and in the community, workshops, and master classes in related fields to gain further particle.

Interview art professionals in your field of interest.

Research volunteer work (paid or unpaid) to gain related experience (Master Artist/Apprentice Program (MAAP).

Select part-time jobs in field of interest.

Join Tanner Art Society.

Create art works to submit for Annual Student Exhibit.

Research conferences of professional associations.

Volunteer with Fisk’s Galleries and or other local art non-for-profit organization.

Attend a study aboard session and start any necessary paper work to obtain a passport.

Visit art galleries and museums.

Year 2

Meet with advisor-discuss issues, concerns and plans.

Update your resume.

Meet with staff in Career Services to identify potential internships.

Attend Career Fair on campus.

Attend Art Lectures on campus and in the community, workshops in related fields to gain further particle.

Obtain an internship (Summer/Fall) in field of interest (Master Artist/Apprentice Program (MAAP)

Conduct informational interviews with professionals in your area of interest.

Select part-time jobs in field of interest.

Attend conferences of professional associations (College of Art Association, The American Association of Architectural Students, American institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) etc.)

Investigate graduate programs.

Join Tanner Art Society.

Create art works to submit for Annual Student Exhibit.

Build personal portfolio.

Volunteer with Fisk's Galleries and or other local art non-for-profit organization.

Attend a study aboard session (consider studying aboard in your junior year) and start any necessary paper work to obtain a passport Visit art galleries and museums.

Year 3

Meet with advisor-discuss issues, concerns, and plans.

Update your resume and review it with Career Services.

Consider taking Art 400/Independent Study, to gain creative work experience and college credit.

Meet with staff in Career Services to identify potential internships.

Apply for a summer art residency.

Attend Art Lectures on campus and in the community, workshops in related fields to gain further particle.

Submit art work for Annual Student Exhibit and local shows.

Attend conferences of professional associations (College of Art Association, The American Association of Architectural Students, American institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) etc.).

Volunteer with Fisk's Galleries and or local art non-for-profit organization

Interview professionals in field of interest.

Attend a study aboard session (consider studying aboard in your junior year) and start any necessary paper work to obtain a passport Volunteer with Fisk's Galleries and or local art non-for-profit organization.

Visit art galleries and museums.

Begin asking professor for possible letters of recommendation for graduate schools etc.

Attend conferences of professional associations (College of Art Association, The American Association of Architectural Students, American institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) etc.).

Year 4

Meet with advisor-discuss issues, concerns, and plans

Update your resume.

Apply for graduate programs.

Apply for a summer art residency.

Attend Art Lectures on campus and in the community, workshops in related fields to gain further particle.

Attend conferences of professional associations (College of Art Association, The American Association of Architectural Students, American institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) etc.).

Volunteer with Fisk's Galleries and or other local art non-for-profit organization

Visit art galleries and museums.

Obtain a passport.

Confirm letters of recommendations.

Artistic Portfolio


GET CONNECTED WITH THE COMMUNITY

Year 1

Participate in Service Day during New Student Orientation, Homecoming, and the MLK Day of Service.

Take advantage of service learning opportunities offered in courses (e.g., Core 100) and as scholarship requirements.

Join student organizations with community outreach programs (e.g., Talented Tenth Scholars Program for males). Attend student organization events to become acquainted with student organizations. Meet with staff in Office of Leadership and Service for list of student organizations.

Frequently check Fisk e-mail for news of volunteer opportunities shared by faculty/advisors and by the Office of Leadership and Service.

Volunteer as a tutor with on-campus entities (e.g., AESP, THRUST, or GUSTO).

Year 2

Participate in Service Day during Homecoming, and the MLK Day of Service.

Take advantage of service learning opportunities offered in courses (e.g., Core 100) and as scholarship requirements.

Join student organizations with community outreach programs (e.g., Talented Tenth Scholars Program for males). Attend student organization events to become acquainted with student organizations. Meet with staff in Office of Leadership and Service for list of student organizations.

Frequently check Fisk e-mail for news of volunteer opportunities shared by faculty/advisors and by the Office of Leadership and Service.

Volunteer as a tutor with on-campus entities (e.g., AESP, THRUST, or GUSTO).

Year 3

Participate in Service Day during Homecoming, and the MLK Day of Service.

Take advantage of service learning opportunities offered in courses (e.g., Core 100) and as scholarship requirements.

Join student organizations with community outreach programs (e.g., Talented Tenth Scholars Program for males). Attend student organization events to become acquainted with student organizations. Meet with staff in Office of Leadership and Service for list of student organizations.

Frequently check Fisk e-mail for news of volunteer opportunities shared by faculty/advisors and by the Office of Leadership and Service.

Volunteer as a tutor with on-campus entities (e.g., AESP, THRUST, or GUSTO).

Year 4

Participate in Service Day during Homecoming, and the MLK Day of Service.

Take advantage of service learning opportunities offered in courses (e.g., Core 100) and as scholarship requirements.

Join student organizations with community outreach programs (e.g., Talented Tenth Scholars Program for males). Attend student organization events to become acquainted with student organizations. Meet with staff in Office of Leadership and Service for list of student organizations.

Frequently check Fisk e-mail for news of volunteer opportunities shared by faculty/advisors and by the Office of Leadership and Service.

Volunteer as a tutor with on-campus entities (e.g., AESP, THRUST, or GUSTO).


GET THINKING GLOBALLY

Year 1

Begin foreign language course requirements (placement examination determines beginning course)

Begin planning potential study abroad (see staff in Office of Global Initiatives).

Be intentional in interacting with international students and students from other subcultures.

Pay close attention to textbooks and lectures offering cross-cultural comparisons.

Year 2

Begin foreign language course requirements (placement examination determines beginning course)

Begin planning potential study abroad (see staff in Office of Global Initiatives).

Be intentional in interacting with international students and students from other subcultures.

Pay close attention to textbooks and lectures offering cross-cultural comparisons.

Year 3

Finalize arrangements for study abroad (see staff in Office of Global Initiatives). Meet with advisor to ensure courses earned abroad will meet student course requirements for general studies, electives, and major.

Be intentional in interacting with international students and students from other subcultures.

Pay close attention to textbooks and lectures offering cross-cultural comparisons.

Year 4

Be intentional in interacting with international students and students from other subcultures.

Pay close attention to textbooks and lectures offering cross-cultural comparisons.


GET READY FOR LIFE AFTER GRADUATION

Year 1

Participate in Career Development Workshops, particularly the LinkedIn session and discipline specific sessions.

Year 2

Participate in Career Development Workshops, particularly the LinkedIn session and discipline specific sessions.

Apply for EXCEL program offering professional development opportunities for sophomores with GPAs of 2.8 or higher.

Year 3

Attend Industry Expo to meet with graduate school recruiters.

Research graduate or professional schools (see petersons.com; gradschools.com).

Participate in Career Development Workshops, particularly the LinkedIn session and discipline specific sessions.

Year 4

Attend Industry Expo to meet with graduate school recruiters.

Participate in Graduating Senior Boot Camp.

Apply for graduate or professional school. Have personal statement reviewed by staff in Writing Center and Office of Career Planning and Development, and sociology faculty/advisor. Request letters of recommendation from faculty members (be sure to give plenty of advance notice of deadlines).


WHERE COULD I GO AFTER GRADUATION?

Careers by Major

Art Education
(Elementary, Secondary, Post-Secondary Eduation; Community, Art,Cultural Centers; Art Galleries, nursing/drug/daycare; weekend programs)

Art Critic/Writer, Art Teacher, Artist-in-Residence/Artis-in-the-Schools, Arts Administrator, Freelance Instructor, Postsecondary Instructor, Recreation Specialist, Teacher/Instructor - Overseas, Teacher of An and Recreation

Art History
(Museums, Galleries, Industry)

Art Gallery and Auction House Assistant; Art Historian, Art Law Specialist; Art Critic/Writer; Arts Organization Consultant/Administrator; Corporate, Museum, University Curator; Curatorial Consultant; Fine Arts Appraiser; Researcher; Restorer, Conservator; Publishing Proofreader; Visual Resources Curator (Education & Industry); Teacher/Administrator, Art Lecturer.

Crafts: Ceramics, Fibers & Materials Studios, Glass, Metals/Jewelry/CAM-CAM
(Museums, Galleries, Industry, Schools)

Administrator, Industry Consultant; Artist-in-Residence/Artist-in-Schools; Commercial Serigrapher/Silkscreener; Costume Designer, Court Artist; Digital Imaging; Foundry Owner/Operator; Gallery Owner/Administrator; Master Printer/Print Studio Owner; Model Maker, Muralist; Painter, Sculptor, Printmaker (freelance, commission); Portrait Painter/Sculptor, Set Designer; Scientific Illustrator, Technical Illustrator; Teacher/Administrator.

Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography
(Advertising, Television/Film, Corporate, Mass-Media)

Art Director; Book Illustrator, Technical/Production Illustrator; Exhibitions Designer; Freelance Photographer; Font Designer; Graphic Designer - Advertising, Corporate, Publishing; TV/Film, Entenainment; Multi-media specialist; Package Designer, Product Designer; Photo/Computer/Digital Lab Technician; Urban Graphics Designer (display, signs, billboards); Web Designer, Webmaster.

Museum Studies, Art Administration, Conservation/Restoration
(Usually requires MFA, MA, or PhD)

Social, cultural agencies; Education; Art Director; Art LecturerNisiting Scholar; Art Supervisor; Arts Administrator; Arts Management; Career Development Counselor; Cataloger; Conservator/Restorer; Development/Grant Writer; Director; Director of Visual Arts Program; Exhibition Coordinator; Fine Arts Appraiser; Gallery Director; Museum Educator/Researcher; Photography Lab Technician; Registrar

Architecture

Architect; Interior Architect; Architectural Photographer; Land Planner; Architectural Writer/Critic; Public Architect; Architecture Educator; Sustainable Design Specialist; Building Pathologist; Urban Designer; CAD Specialist; Urban Planner; Construction Manager; Corporate Architect; Exhibit Designer; Facility Designer; Facility Managers Architects; Industrial Designer.

Applied Art
(All Studio Disciplines)

Arts Administrator, Art Dealer; Art Conslutant; Carpet Designer; Curator, Writer, Critic; Exhibition Designer; Fabric and Textile Designer; Furniture Designer; Gallery Director; Greeting Card Designer; Resillient Flooring Designer; Stylist; Tableware Designer; Toy Manufacmrer and Designer; Wallcovering Designer.







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