Major Meets Career
Visual Arts Major
Visual Arts alumnx continue to create and exhibit their art regionally and nationally. Equipped with many professional business skills, graduates find careers in art-related fields that support their dedication to art.
Career Path Preparedness
Strategies for Success
- Sign up for the Internship class and complete an internship related to the psychology/counseling field. See the Career & Life Development office on MyNaropa for the full internship site list and for a variety of different organizations to get involved in.
- Get involved in school creative/performance groups & resources i.e. SUN, Naropa Circus Club, etc.
- Complete a service-learning project aligned with your career goals/path. See your COR professors & advisors for details.
- Align your classes, curriculum, research projects, and thesis/capstone projects with your career goals/path.
- Volunteer/familiarize yourself with organizations that align with your career goals & provide the opportunity for hands-on training.
- Earn a minor in a specialized field of interest.
- Get out and explore—immerse yourself in artistic skills and interests.
- Attend workshops, conferences, MeetUps, panels, etc., to build your network.
- Obtain skills in business, marketing, technology to increase employment and entrepreneurial options.
- Develop a variety of creative skills—become “multi-disciplinary” i.e. dance, singing, acting, art, design, fashion, etc.
- Cultivate resilience, patience, and determination in order to make your artistic dreams a reality. And most importantly—GET CONNECTED!
- A graduate degree, i.e. a Master of Fine Arts could be a great way to further your career in the creative and performing arts field.
- Understand and practice communicating the transferable and sought-after skills that differentiate you as an “artist” or “creative.”
If you are interested pursuing a graduate degree, there are several things you will want to keep in mind while in your undergraduate studies:
- Academic work and the way you show up is VERY important. Put in your best effort academically and aim for a high grade point average.
- Relationships matter. REALLY matter. Build positive connections while in the Naropa community with faculty, staff, colleagues, etc. These relationships will continue to support you and you can ask those same people to provide recommendation letters for your graduate degree applications!
- Get experience! A lot of it. Either through academic, internship, volunteer or work opportunities. This will bolster your application and CV immensely!