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Studio Arts

Description of Major
The goal of the studio art curriculum is to introduce students to the technical, conceptual, and communication skills necessary for activities in the visual arts and to help students understand the major traditions and the place of the visual arts in our culture. Studio courses serve the needs of students planning to pursue graduate studies in art, students interested in exploring their own creative potential as part of their general education, and students preparing for secondary school teaching.

A liberal arts education and study in a particular major will lead to the acquisition of a group of skills which enable one to solve problems, communicate effectively, and perform complicated tasks. These skills are essential in any career. The following is a list of important and commonly agreed upon career skills identified by UMM studio art faculty as a part of the project to Improve Public Understanding of Liberal Learning (IMPULL). The skills are those which all or most students studying studio art are likely to acquire through classroom instruction, co-curricular or extra-curricular activities.

Jobs Obtained by UMM Studio Art Graduates
Studies conducted by the UMM Career Center have shown that graduates obtain jobs that are both related to their major and jobs that may not be formally related to the major. About 51% of the studio art graduates from 1964-1998 said their job was in the same field or related to their undergraduate major. Other studies have shown that liberal arts graduates find employment that makes use of their skills, special knowledge, values, and interests, even though the employment field may not be related to their academic major. Listed below are some jobs obtained by UMM studio art graduates:

Art Gallery Director
Artist-In-Residence Director
At-Risk Program Teacher
Book Binder
Collaborative Community Partnership Coordinator
Computer Analyst
Computer Animation Artist
Computer Support
Decorative Painter
Development Assistant
Educational Administrator
Elementary Teacher
Faux Finisher
Financial Advisor
Graphic Artist
Graphic Designer
IT Application Programmer
Insurance Agent
Interior Architecture Artist
Interior Designer (Kitchen)
Legislative Aide
Marketing Director
Media Buyer
Medical and Surgical Sales
Network Administrator
Picture Framer
Potter/Pottery Artist
Production Demonstration Coordinator
Production Coordinator
Real Estate Sales
Senior Software Engineer
Special Education Teacher
Teacher/Coach (Secondary)
Transit Supervisor
Unit Leader (Train Staff)
Visual Artist


There are many occupations that do not require a specific undergraduate major; they are often learned as a result of one-the-job training rather than prior education. What is sought among prospective employees is the development of certain sills 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, study abroad, work-study and summer employment, and volunteer experiences.

Graduate/Professional Schools in Studio Arts
The Fine Art Directory