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Major in Art

Program Overview

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts

Department Name

Art

Department Chair Name

Sarah Archino

Department Assistant Name

Katie Shamblin

What is an art degree?

Creativity, problem-solving and effective communication are elements of creating art, but they are also the tools that enrich our lives and demand the attention of employers. The process of creating art nurtures practical skills while encouraging critical thinking about the visual world surrounding us. Students are encouraged to develop visual literacy and critical thinking about the world surrounding them and to understand how objects create meaning. An art degree is a Bachelor of Arts degree awarded after the successful completion of a selection of courses from a range of topics, usually within four academic years.

Why study art at Furman?

Offering bachelor’s degrees in both studio art and art history, the art department is a vibrant collaborative environment that encourages creative innovation, entrepreneurship and reflection. We are focused on developing interdisciplinary creative thinkers and problem-solvers who are adaptable and successful in their lives outside of Furman. Our primary goal is to support, encourage and mentor students through their educational pathways while championing the arts. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

How will you learn?

Our research-heavy art program trains students to be strong writers and careful observers. The faculty-to-student ratio provides individualized attention and collaboration unavailable at larger schools. Our study-away programs allow students to examine international art and architecture in person. Most courses include research, and our faculty encourages undergraduates to participate in research projects, including those available through our Summer Internship Fellowships. Studio art majors can choose from electives that include book arts, photography and printmaking.

Careers for art majors

At Furman, you can shape your degree to prepare you for any job in the arts. Because our art program is built on a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, our alumni are highly regarded and recruited into respected graduate programs.

Along with those who become working artists, many graduates have found success in fields such as:

  • Museum and cultural institutions
  • Arts administration
  • Creative entrepreneurship
  • Art direction and graphic design
  • Brand strategy
  • Interior design
  • UX design
  • Historic preservation
  • Content management
  • Museum and gallery operations
  • Public relations and marketing
  • Commercial photography
  • Education

Art courses: What will you study?

Histories of Art I

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66%
alumni working full-time in the arts
12:1
student/faculty ratio
90%
students who have had an internship by graduation

What our students say

Students at patio by the lake

“The world needed more designers. Design blended everything I had loved with math, technology and art. Design was everything that I had been interested in and loved all wrapped up into one field.” – Rowan Griscom ’17

Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s art faculty represents decades of study and field expertise. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

  • Sarah Archino
    Title:

    Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art History

    Sarah Archino

    Sarah Archino
    Title:

    Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art History

    Phone Number: 8642942950

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  • Terri Bright
    Title:

    Professor of Art

    Terri Bright

    Terri Bright
    Title:

    Professor of Art

    Phone Number: 8642943360

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  • Kylie Fisher
    Title:

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History

    Kylie Fisher

    Kylie Fisher
    Title:

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History

    Phone Number: 8642943353

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  • Kevin Kao
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Art

    Kevin Kao

    Kevin Kao
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Art

    Phone Number: 8642943352

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  • Michael May
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Art

    Michael May

    Michael May
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Art

    Phone Number: 8642943355

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  • Ross McClain
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Art

    Ross McClain

    Ross McClain
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Art

    Phone Number: 8642942215

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  • FAQ

    What can you do with an art degree?

    A degree in art from Furman will prepare you for a wide range of careers. Along with visual literacy and a greater ability to relate to the world around you, you will gain skills in writing, research and project management. Furman’s art alumni are highly respected and recruited into graduate programs, thanks to the program’s strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. Graduates are well positioned for lucrative and creatively fulfilling careers. Along with those who have become working artists, graduates with art degrees have found success in fields such as arts administration, entrepreneurship, brand strategy, historic preservation, UX design, museum operations, education and graphic design. They have pursued careers as everything from marketers to teachers to digital interface technicians and many others.

    What is the average salary for art majors?

    The average salary for Furman art alumni is estimated at $41,300 or higher, with a potential of $76,500 or higher, according to a 2021 Emsi report.

    How long does it take to earn an art degree?

    The art B.A. program at Furman is typically a four-year program.