- 1According to The Princeton Review, “There is a great demand for people with artistic training, especially graphic designers and those with multi-media skills. Web and software companies hire thousands of artists each year. The advertising and publishing industries constantly need illustrators and photographers. All schools and small studios need art instructors, and museums recruit Art majors for staff positions.”
- 2A degree in Art will provide you with creative insight, which can be beneficial in every type of employment.
- 3According to the US Department of Labor, the median hourly wage for those with an Art degree is $28.29, while the average for all occupations that require a bachelor’s degree is $16.27.
Careers in Art
- Art Dealer
- Creative Consultant
- Fashion or Interior Design
- Gallery Director
- Graphic Designer
- Website Designer
Alumni Graduate Schools
- School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- University of Notre Dame
- University of Chicago
- Indiana University
- Washington University
- Saint Mary of the Woods
Why Study Art at SJC?
The Department of Art at SJC offers a wide array of courses, including Basic Design and Color Theory, 2D and 3D Design, Art History, Drawing, Ceramics, Textiles, Painting, Graphic Design, Glass, Photography, Printmaking, special topic courses, and opportunities for independent study. Each Art course includes a field trip to a special exhibition or event related to the course. For example, the Department of Art has taken Design students to the Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara House in West Lafayette, Ind. and Ceramics students to the Art Institute in Chicago, Ill. to view the collections of Mesoamerican and African pottery. Other field trips have recently included visiting the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Ill. and the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis, Ind. to view contemporary collections and special exhibitions.
At SJC, Art students are encouraged to pursue internships. Common internships include working with the Jasper County Youth Center or the Prairie Arts Council (PAC), Rennselaer's fine arts program. Many of our Art majors have held summer internships with PAC to assist with PAC's annual Art Camp and other summer programs. Students are also encouraged to study abroad. Our Art students have opportunities to study in England, Italy, and Spain. All students, both Art and non-Art students, are encouraged to participate in Art Club. Art Club offers students opportunities to work on additional projects and spend time with other students who are passionate about art.
Dedication to Excellence
The Department of Art at SJC holds multiple student exhibitions each year, where students can display their work. SJC is also affiliated with the Rensselaer Prairie Arts Council, which creates opportunities for students to display their work in a gallery and become involved with PAC's exhibitions and workshops.
Faculty and Class Size
The Art faculty members are committed to working closely with each student to foster individual artistic growth in an atmosphere of creative collaboration and community. Some courses are taught by adjunct professors who are professionals in their artistic medium. Art classes at SJC range in size between 7 and 15 students, which allows personal instruction and training.