Students seeking a bachelor’s degree in the arts have a wide variety of fields from which to choose. Normally these degrees are clustered in “arts and humanities” departments and can include concentrations in such specializations as advertising, graphic design, media arts, industrial design, animation, video production, aspects of fashion (from design to marketing and merchandising), the culinary arts (from restaurant to catering management), photography, and video design.
Obviously, the requirements for these various concentrations will vary widely as will their method of delivery over the Internet. The more technical the concentration – web design or animation for instance – the better the material can be adapted for distance delivery via the Internet. Other “hands on” concentrations like catering management or fashion design will ultimately involve internships or classes that must be taken at a physical facility. Prospective students will want to fully understand this mixture of online and onsite classes before committing to a program. (Some schools allow these physical classes to be completed in intense two to six-week summer programs).
Let’s look at a degree in graphic arts as an example of an art degree. Individuals in this concentration learn to design and to create presentations that communicate ideas, thoughts, or feelings. These skills may lead to their employment in a variety of capacities, for instance creating advertising graphics, designing marketing displays, or collaborating on a corporation’s promotional materials. The opportunities are almost endless.
A person with an equal aesthetic sense who is also computer savvy may choose instead to major in animation, video production, or multi-media with an end goal of working in special effects or set design in the film industry. (The effect of computers on various arts concentration has grown more marked in recent years and is part of the reason these degrees are so well-suited to online delivery).
Overall, arts degrees draw people with a desire to work in dynamic fields where things are created and appreciated. Even if your degree is in culinary art, there is no question that an exquisitely prepared and presented meal is a thing of beauty – a real work of art. We invite you to explore some of the links provided here to consider the wide variety of arts degrees available and to begin to determine which appeals to your particular creative urge.