Put your creativity to work in a career that lets you express your artistic vision. Many AUM students have gone on to work in their own private studios, but Studio Art also prepares you to work as an art director, illustrator, forensic artist, museum or gallery director, art restorer, and television and film set designer. In AUM’s Studio Art concentration, you’ll concentrate in Sculpture, Painting, Ceramics, or Photography and learn your craft in small classes under accomplished faculty who are themselves artists. You’ll have the chance to exhibit your own work in a campus gallery and enter local and national competitions. Studio Art is a concentration in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art degree.
Points of Pride
- Dedicated studios: painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography all have their own studio space.
- State of the art equipment: a new vinyl printer, a new 3-D printer, and a new photography lab with darkrooms, a shooting studio, and digital equipment.
- Accomplished faculty: Associate Professor Andrew Hairstans has had his work accepted for the international art journal Studio Visit, and he’s had exhibitions in New York and Glasgow.
- Supportive faculty: Fine Arts faculty encourage and assist students in submitting their work to contests and exhibitions.
- Small classes: almost all studio art classes have 20 or fewer students, which means more individual attention for you each student.
- Goodwyn Gallery: a space for exhibitions by visiting artists and advanced students.
- Active student groups: the Student Art Association and the Advertising Federation Club.
- Internships: AUM offers many opportunities for real world experience at businesses such as the Indie Film Lab, one of the three largest photo processing labs in the United States.
Put Your Degree to Work
Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.
Job growth in art and design occupations is projected to be slower than average, growing only 2 percent from 2014 to 2024 and adding 16,700 new jobs to the economy. But there will be a growing need for designers to create visual effects in smartphones and other technologies and to design effective business websites. The latest median annual wage for art and design occupations was $43,100 — higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.