Art has been a form of expression and communication since humans learned to draw with a rock. It has been said that art is the cultural bedrock of a civilization. However, becoming a visual artist can be difficult so carefully consider these recommendations.   CAA encourages art students to consider attending a public or private university rather than a technical art and design school to keep expenses down. And since it might be awhile before you can earn a living with your art, keeping your college costs down is vital.  Since a creative genius can spring up anywhere, an art student who attends an in-state public college can be just as successful as one who attends an art school.   Since it can be difficult to make a living as an artist, most artists have more traditional jobs to support themselves until their big break. Plan to have a second major or minor in another field of interest. For example, artists who are interested in being entrepreneurs might consider double majoring in fine arts and business.   If you are the creative type but aren’t sure your skill with a paintbrush will afford you a living, there are alternatives to fine art. Graphic design might suit you if you enjoy working on the computer. On the other hand, majoring in commercial and advertising art could lead you to becoming an art director where you would work with designers to devise concepts and layouts for advertisements or publications. Architecture and commercial and industrial design are good options if you like math. And, if you prefer to work inside buildings, you might consider interior design.   Other options to consider will depend on your area of interest or favorite subject. For example, if you like psychology and want to help people recover from accidents or trauma, then art therapy might be a good fit.   If fine art is your calling, you will need exposure while you are in college, not just after college. CAA suggests you take the initiative to network with well-connected artists in your college and in the community who can refer you to a good gallery or a prominent art agent. Hopeful artists can also gain exposure by working as an assistant in an art studio, gallery, or creative office.   Since competition will be tough, you should start creating a personal statement and a portfolio of your art work. Also, look for internship opportunities so that you can learn more about your field of interest. Start planning now for a fulfilling design career! CAA Coaches recommend that all students research their career choices fully and clients are welcome to contact us with any career questions. Stayed tuned for more career blogs coming soon!

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