When people ask me about my major, I am always proud to say “Fine Arts.” How they react, is another story. Some people give me a confused look as if to say “Oh,” and this look is then followed by a “that sounds easy,” or my all-time favorite “No really, what is your major?” Now don’t get me wrong, not all responses are negative. Some people are actually intrigued and continue to ask questions about classes, and others are even inspired to sign up for a class. I believe most misunderstandings about majoring in art is fueled by the idea that a person cannot be successful without majoring in some type of business, health, or science related field. Even though these are great professions, many people do not understand the vast amount of things a person can do with a degree in Fine Arts.
Majoring in Fine Arts does not necessarily mean a future as a struggling artist. A bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts can equip you with the skills necessary to become well-rounded in the different fields of art, such as painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpting, photography, art history, and graphic design. You do not just sit in a class and doodle; you delve into ancient and contemporary art and cultural history, study various art techniques, develop creative and analytical skills, and create your own artistic style. A bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts allows you to improve your talents and portfolio.
With a Fine Arts degree, you can enter many different career fields.These fields include entrepreneurship, education (with a teaching certificate, Masters, or PHD), art therapy, administration, gaming, communications, marketing/advertising, or you can do freelance work. Freelance artists work with galleries and museums, and they also do commercial work for magazines and advertising agencies. As a Fine Art student, you can also mix things up with a minor. For example, you can major in sculpture and minor in sociology; major in painting, drawing, and printmaking, and minor in french; or major in photography and minor in criminal justice, or vice versa.
Fine Arts is not an easy major, and it takes hard work, creativity and perseverance. I love my major and I have learned so much about myself and my capabilities. Before entering the Fine Arts program at the University of North Florida, I did not know that I could excel in sculpting the figure, drawing, painting, and designing. This program has also allowed me to develop my skills for my concentration, photography. The Fine Arts program at the University of North Florida did not only provide me with the skills to better prepare for my future but the program also provided me with amazing experiences. Because of the university’s Fine Arts program, I have seen the art of Da Vinci, Caravaggio, Van Gogh, and Monet; walked through the rooms of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; walked up the steps of the Colosseum in Rome; and walked through the ruins of Pompeii in Naples, Italy. I have attended world renowned art festivals like Art Basel Miami, and submerged myself within different cultures by walking through the rooms of a Roman emperor’s Italian villa. So if you are considering majoring in Fine Arts, know that the possibilities are endless.
Written By: Natalia Gallimore