University of Southern Indiana
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Why Art?

For Students:

  • Fulfill your creative potential
  • Work alongside and get to know other creative individuals
  • Learn cutting edge and innovative technical and conceptual skills
  • Study with active professional designers and artists
  • Define and solve problems critically and holistically
  • National and international art related travel opportunities
  • Create in first-rate labs and studios
  • Explore art history and contemporary art
  • Gain real-world experience with internships
  • Interact with famous (!) visiting artists and designers
  • Prepare for a satisfying and fulfilling (awesome!) career
  • Love what you do for the rest of your life!

For Parents:

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment of artists is expected to grow 12 percent through 2018
  • A 2013 survey of CEOs by the Association of American Colleges and Universities found that 74 percent said they would recommend a 21st-century liberal education.  They are specifically interested in hiring creative thinkers.
  • Businesses are in need of creative people.  The MFA is being called the new MBA.
  • Numerous studies have shown that studying art makes you smarter
  • Art students develop cognitive abilities and forms of intelligence that complement training in other disciplines
  • In 2013 Inside Higher Education found that businesses prefer to hire applicants with liberal arts degrees
  • Entrepreneur magazine recently reported that companies are looking to hire artists to make sense of the "increasing complexity" in business environments
  • Art helps the economy.  Community arts organizations help create local jobs and lead to economic prosperity 

Parents: Take a look at this Essay by Adriene Jenik, director, ASU School of Art!


More on the importance of studying visual arts:

Why study Visual Arts?

http://creativekcc.com/2010/12/05/choosing-a-college-major-%E2%80%93-why-visual-arts/

Art and social/political justice

http://abc7.com/society/student-carries-mattress-around-columbia-until-her-alleged-rapist-is-expelled/293317/

What can you do with a major in visual arts

http://www.quintcareers.com/majors/visual_arts.html

What to do with a fine arts degree

http://www.collegeview.com/articles/article/what-to-do-with-a-fine-arts-degree

Nursing and Visual Arts

http://search.proquest.com.lib-proxy.usi.edu/pqcentral/docview/814811532/AB262A6723034659PQ/1?accountid=14752

Why Study the Arts and the Humanities

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-r-schwarz/why-study-the-arts-and-th_b_4059078.html

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