What is a Studio Art degree?
Creativity, problem-solving, and effective communication are elements of creating art, but are also skills that enrich our lives and are sought after by employers. The process of creating art nurtures practical skills while encouraging critical thinking about the visual world surrounding us.
Why pursue studio art at Furman?
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. You will get resources and mentorship in a broad array of visual media, such as painting, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, sculpture and photography. And all senior art majors will get to work in their own dedicated studio space. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.
How will you learn?
Our studio art majors can choose from electives that include book arts, photography and printmaking. The faculty-to-student ratio provides attention and collaboration unavailable at larger schools. Our study away programs allow students to examine international art and architecture in person. Our faculty encourages undergraduates to participate in research projects, including those available through our Summer Internship Fellowships. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application .
Careers for studio art majors
At Furman, you can tailor 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 and encourages creative, entrepreneurial thinking, our alumni are in demand and recruited into prominent graduate programs.
Along with those who become working artists, many graduates have found success in fields such as:
- 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
Featured studio art courses
66%alumni working full-time in the arts
90%students who have had an internship by graduation
A degree in art history or studio art from Furman will prepare you for a wide range of careers. You will learn the technical skills of your craft, but more importantly, you will learn creative problem–solving skills you can apply in any field. Alumni from Furman’s art programs enter the post-graduate world with a highly desirable foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, and they are highly attractive to potential employers as well as graduate programs.
Graduates are well prepared for careers that are financially lucrative, as well as creatively fulfilling. Along with those who have become working artists, people 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 work as curators, teachers, graphic designers, marketers and many other professions.
The average wage for Furman art alumni is estimated at $41,300, with a potential wage of $76,500, according to a 2021 Emsi study.
The B.A. programs at Furman are four-year programs.