All Visual Arts

The principles of aesthetics remain pretty much the same whether we're talking about an impressionist painting, a movie set, or a highway billboard. A degree in visual arts therefore covers quite a lot of ground and can be your doorway to numerous types of careers.​One aspect of a visual arts course revolves around art theory, history, and criticism. This part is what makes it worth studying visual arts at a good university, perhaps in Europe where these fields of study are taken somewhat more seriously than in the United States.​This groundwork gives students the necessary theoretical foundation to excel in applied subjects. You will generally have the opportunity to learn about the traditional media of sculpture, drawing, and painting. These, however, are presented alongside more modern art forms like photography, print media, video, computer animation, and digital channels.​While it's a good idea to know at least the basics of all of these, most universities allow students to specialize in the areas their interests and talents intersect. Even if you have a passion for a particular art form, though, you should keep in mind that few people end up in the line of work they thought they would when they were in their early twenties. ​Smart students supplement their "hobby" electives with subjects that prepare them for higher-paying jobs in the visual arts field. Some of these are art director, multimedia artist, and product designer.