The purpose of the art curriculum is to help students understand the place of artistic activity in our culture by exploring their own creative skill and aesthetic vision, and by making them more familiar with art through many ages and cultures.The University of Pikeville art courses serve the needs of students interested in exploring their own creative potential as part of their general education and students planning to pursue graduate studies in art. The study of art also encourages creative thinking which is applicable to any course of study within a liberal arts framework. There are many occupations that do not require a specific undergraduate major; they are often learned as a result of on-the-job training rather than prior education. What is sought among prospective employees is the development of certain skills and abilities that can be developed not only through an academic major but through courses taken as part of one’s general education, and through internships, directed studies, tutorials, seminars, summer employment and volunteer experience.
What can I do with an art degree from the University of Pikeville?
It is very common for art graduates to embark on postgraduate degrees. Many of those who do enter work immediately after graduating choose work that is related to their degree. However, the artistic/creative skills, resource/time management skills, and research/analytical skills, in particular, are often highly regarded by many other employers. The glamorous and exciting image of graphic and fine arts fields attracts many talented people with a love for drawing and creative ability. Graphic arts studios, galleries, and individual clients are always on the lookout for artists who display outstanding talent, creativity, and style. Talented artists who have developed a mastery of artistic techniques and skills, including computer skills, will have the best job prospects.
Art at the University of Pikeville
The art program is a part of the Humanities Division and offers a variety of courses which promote the role of creative thinking and aesthetics in society. Students also are exposed to a variety of basic skills as well as preparation for entry level careers or further graduate study. Students will experience a variety of media and the skills to specialize in one or two areas as an independently creative artist.
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