If you want to make it as an artist, art and design courses can be a way to let your creativity and imagination run wild whilst also giving you the chance to find a suitable career path.
There are a range of different arts degrees that universities offer, which combine practical and theoretical ways of learning, depending on which type inspires you most. Are you better at working with clay, painting on canvas or creating spectacular sculptures? Perhaps you prefer learning about art movements, analysing works and reading critical theories of aesthetics? Here, we look at the different BA degrees you can take and which careers can stem from these.
Which BA art courses can I choose from?
Perhaps the most popular of the arts degrees as it allows for highly creative art projects, Fine Art usually covers three years at university but can stretch to four in certain institutions. Fine Art courses are primarily focused around studio work and are more practical; you can specialise in subjects such as painting, photography, sculpture or installation. The majority include a theoretical or critical element, however, the concentration is on cultivating your artistic skills.
You may have a keen interest in art but lack the creative skills to demonstrate your love of the subject. Art History allows students to develop their understanding of art through the ages, analysing and applying critical theories to artworks and artefacts. This subject uses different schools of thought, such as historical, philosophical and cultural, and applies them to art.
With the rise of digital media and the graphic design industry, Digital Arts is becoming increasingly popular as a BA course. It incorporates state-of-the-art technologies and practices with theoretical and practical experience. The manipulation of images and interactive design through the use of computers means students can experience a whole new world of art.
There has been a rise in art degree courses that specialise in certain niches, such as photography, graphic design, animation and illustration. If you are determined to follow a career in one of these areas, it is worth researching the specialist courses that universities have to offer.
Which art-based roles can I apply for?
This is the dream for many prospective students as they apply for Arts degrees, however, competition is vast so be prepared with another career plan if being a professional artist doesn’t pay the bills!
Many art students go on to teach at schools or lecture in their chosen subject. This can be great for both practical and theoretical art students as they can choose which area of art to specialise in when teaching.
Art curators have the chance to develop and display exhibitions at galleries or museums. This role can include choosing artworks and artefacts for collections, as well as tasks such as preparing budgets, managing staff and public relations.
Specialist degrees will lead to a limited amount of roles to choose from e.g. a BA degree in Illustration will only give you experience in illustrating. Digital Arts courses can also lead to specialist careers in, for example, television advertising or video game design. Be sure of your career path if you choose a specialist degree subject.
Of course, these are only a handful of careers to look into when you finish your BA Art degree. You may also find you loved your course so much that you want to stay in education and progress to a Masters or even a PhD in Art!
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