Fine Arts

Transferable Skills that Fine Art majors develop: In addition to the specific subject matter that Art majors learn, they acquire many skills that can easily transfer to any subject matter. 
The following is a list of some of the transferable skills that Art majors develop:

Self-discipline                        
Self-awareness and self-assurance
Perceiving and discerning intuitively
Assessing, understanding, and discriminating among one's own feelings
Imagining new and creative solutions
Working well with subjective, abstract, and multiple solutions
Exploring alternative goals and investigating various means of achieving them
Expressing and communicating intuitive notions
Tolerating ambiguity
Attending to detail as well as the whole
Writing with clarity and intelligence
Appreciating diverse historical backgrounds and communities   
Visual discernment
Recognizing patterns
Speaking articulately and passionately
Drawing relationships between past and present
Appreciating beauty
Thinking precisely in the moment


Possible job titles for Fine Art majors:
Actor
Advertising Designer
Advertising Manager
Architect
Art Appraiser
Art Critic
Art Curator
Art Director
Art Therapist
Artist
Costume Designer
Dance Therapist
Drama Coach
Drama Critic
Gallery Director
Graphic Designer
Historian
Illustrator
Industrial Designer
Interior Designer
Lighting Designer
Medical Illustrator
Museum Curator
Photographer
Photo Research Specialist
Playwright
Professor
Public Relations Representative
School Administrator
Set Designer
Studio Artist
Teacher
Theater Director
TV Producer

Types of employers:
Advertising Agencies
Architectural Firms
Art Galleries & Museums
Business & Industry
Colleges & Schools
Commercial Art & Photography Firms 
Community Organizations
Dance Companies 
Educational Institutions
Film Companies
Government Agencies
Interior Design Firms
Libraries & Museums 
Magazines & Newspapers
Manufacturers
Motion Picture Studios
Private Art Foundations
Publishing Firms
Research Firms
Public Relations Firms
Radio/Television 
Recreation Centers 
Theaters  

Career Library Resources
Great Jobs for Music Majors
, by Jan Goldberg
Great Jobs for Theater Majors, by Jan Goldberg
Careers in Art, by Blythe Camenson
Opportunities in Museum Careers, by Blythe Camenson 

Visit the HSC Fine Arts web site or catalogue!

Other Sources of Information: 
Career counselors, alumni, and faculty members are great resources.  Visit the Career Development Office early and often, and talk to professors in your major and related fields.  Ask at the Career Development Office for help locating Hampden-Sydney alums in career fields that interest you and set up informational interviews with them.  Professional associations are excellent sources of career and employment information, and many of them have websites.  Surf the internet, keeping in mind that many colleges and universities have websites for their Career Centers and for each academic major.  Many of these sites include career and employment information as well as links to other useful websites. Contact the following organizations and websites for more information:

American Advertising Federation
www.aaf.org

American Art Therapy Association
www.arttherapy.org

American Association of Museums
www.aam-us.org     

Association of Medical Illustrators
http://www.ami.org/medical-illustration/careers.html

Career Alternatives for Art Historians            
http://www.nd.edu/~crosenbe/jobs.html
            
Graphic Artists Guild
http://www.gag.org/

Industrial Designers Society of America
http://www.idsa.org/

National Press Photographers Association
http://www.nppa.org

Society of Illustrators
www.societyillustrators.org