What can I do in visual arts?
Visual arts play a role in nearly every business and every area of our lives – from advertisements to mobile and Web design to photography and everything in between. Vibrant careers include professional artists, designers and photographers working in diverse creative fields such as graphic design, animation/game design, Web/digital media, illustration, publishing, photography, print, marketing and advertising.
What characteristics and skills do I need to work in this field?
Although they might seem at opposite ends of the spectrum, both interpersonal and computer skills are a must in this field. Patience, creativity, attention to detail and good communication skills also are important qualities.
Depending on interests and career goals, additional skills may be necessary. For example, computer game designers need problem-solving skills, a good grasp of mathematics, particularly geometry, and a healthy understanding of computer databases. Those interested in online media production need to be able to follow a task through to its conclusion (shooting video, editing it then posting to the Web) while meeting the deadlines presented by today’s rapid news cycle.
Where can I work?
Visual arts careers are available in nearly all job sectors within corporations, colleges and universities, software development companies, nonprofit agencies, advertising firms, media newsrooms, publishing and printing firms, and more. Generally these positions are office-based, but on-location projects are not uncommon.
What does Trident Technical College offer?
The Visual Arts program at Trident Technical College provides an emphasis on the latest technology and its application toward visual literacy and communications in the arts. The curriculum enables students to embrace theoretical appreciation and master applied skills through the development of sophisticated visual and critical thinking.