If you’re the artsy kind of high school student, memorizing every part of the human skeleton in your biology class or solving long proofs in geometry isn’t really appealing to you. You may even be doubting whether you want to attend a two- or four-year college or university, and thinking that maybe it’d be better to start your artistic career right out of high school or attending a vocational school. After all, won’t you have to take more biology or math classes if you attend a formal college like the rest of your peers?
False. If you choose one of the following majors below, you can get the education you need to reach your artsy career goals—not to mention that you may even be able to network with fellow artists in the industry (e.g., your professors and classmates). With one of these majors, you probably won’t need to lay eyes on another skeletal diagram again (we’ve also provided a few successful role models you may want to look up to during your college career):
Visual Arts, Animation, and Graphic Design for Artists
Whether you like to dirty up your hands in clay, paints, or pen ink—or even if you like to keep them clean with a high-tech stylus—these are the majors to look out for.
A lot of accredited colleges have some kind of visual arts or graphic design department filled with talented artists you can look up to as role models. These folks can help you improve your artistic abilities and reach their potential. Colleges also often offer student galleries that show case their art students’ work. You can still be an aspiring artist and a college student, no problem!
Famous Visual Arts/Graphic Design Majors:
- John Lasseter, Pixar and Disney animator (animation at California Institute of the Arts)
- Georgia O’Keeffe, painter of “Ram’s Head and White Hollyhock, New Mexico” (art at Columbia University)
- Garry Trudeau, cartoonist of “Doonesbury” (art and graphic design at Yale)
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