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Why Study Art?

An art degree opens the door to a wide variety of career opportunities and provides a solid foundation for post-graduate study.

While many students choose careers in the arts industry, we have a number of students who have made connections between their experiences studying art and their work outside of an arts context. Because art courses provide students with a deep understanding of visual expression, graduates who have majored in art or taken art courses tend to find themselves in careers that require a discerning and analytical eye, including medicine, law, marketing, finance, architecture and computer science.

Art Alumni

Watch these short videos to learn about how past art majors have benefitted in their careers and lives from taking art courses.

Carey Pickard '90
Emphasis: Art History
Profession: Senior Vice President, The Compass Group, Inc.
Carrie McColgan '95
Studio Art
Veterinarian and Hospital Director, Village Vets
Sarah Phillips '01
Emphasis: Art History
Profession: VP and General Counsel, Davidson College
Alex Locke '10
Art History
Client Development, Sotheby's
Nate Rogers '02
Emphasis: Studio Art 
Profession: Art Educator and Professional Artist
Ambrice Miller '09
Emphasis: Studio Art
Profession: Securities Lending Product Manager, BlackRock