Students seem pressured by the majority of parents and school counselors to guide them into choosing majors that appear more tangible in terms of being able to earn a living. More often than not, art does not fall into that category. Even though, most everything we touch, see, and hear was created with contribution from creative professionals—otherwise known as artists or designers. Art is a practical major that foster’s the growth of values such as employability, efficiency, and creativity.
Art majors have opportunities to try new forms of media, earn skills and techniques that will help them work efficiently and consistently, and complete original research projects. They learn discipline and focus, to give and take criticism, to work collaboratively, and be resourceful. They are connected to a network of creators. They learn how to communicate and maintain long lasting relationships within our community. They must be critical thinkers and be knowledgeable on a variety of subjects. Art creates a solid foundation for personal success because our culture values originality and innovation. Art is a legitimate degree because you learn necessary career skills, you otherwise would not learn, that can be applied directly after graduation.