Arts Studies at North Carolina State University
Arts Studies (ARS) at NC State University is an interdisciplinary program that educates students in the Fine Arts. Students develop academically through a concentration in one of three areas: Visual Art, Music, or Film. Students will confront art forms and connect them with other arts forms or an outside concern such as technology, politics, or religion. The Arts Studies Major can lead to careers in arts management, arts entrepreneurship, including gallery ownership or recording studio ownership, arts education, and work in non-profit arts organizations. A smaller group of students go on to graduate school and some work as artists in film, music, or visual art.
WHY ARTS STUDIES?
1. IT PAYS*
Arts Studies does not fall neatly into many of the listings of college majors, but the list below will give you some idea of the salaries in the highlighted closely related fields. Students who go into the administration of public arts organizations may earn significantly more.
Mid-Career Salaries by Major:
Fine Arts $58,600
Spanish $58, 400
Interior Design $58,200
Interdisciplinary Studies $54,400
Animal Science $53,700
Art History $53,300
Public Health $51,700
Religious Studies $49,700
Recreation and Leisure Studies $49,100
Social Work $44,000
Elementary Education $44,000
*Statistics from payscale.com
2. IT'S INTERESTING AND FUN
Often, money is not the best reason to do something. The best reason to take up the serious pursuit of the arts—or anything else for that matter—is because you love it. The Arts Studies Program makes the study of the arts exciting and connected to the world outside of galleries, film and recording studios, and museums.
Student Learning Outcomes for this program are:
1. The ability to identify key concepts, literature, and issues of their foundation area
2. The ability to identify and formulate a multi-arts research question
3. The ability to develop and apply research skills needed for multidisciplinary projects.
Skills You Develop In This Major
Film Studies (website)
- Synthesize, compare and contrast information
- Work with details and deadlines
- Editing and writing
- Evaluate and present ideas
- Imagination and flexibility
- Ability to visualize concepts
- Coordinate with others on various activities
- Directing and assessing skills
- Creativity and performance
- Ability to use symbolism
- Communicate ideas, thoughts, and feelings using many materials and media.
- Ability to teach, assess, plan, organize, and evaluate.
- Familiar with graphics and database systems.
- Develop intuition and innovation in understanding and extracting ideas to generate visual concepts.
- Intense research skills and critical analysis
- Self discipline
For more information about Arts Studies, contact Dr. Rodney Waschka, Program Director of Arts Studies, Winston 101B, Campus Box 7117, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7117.