Career Forecast

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, nearly 62 percent of artists are self-employed. Those not self-employed often work in publishing, advertising, newspaper and magazine journalism and other specialized design fields. The career outlook for artists is better than average though competition for both freelance and salaried positions is expected to be strong. The overall employment forecast for artists and those in related fields is anticipated to increase by 16 percent through 2016.

Learn more about the career outlook for those studying fine art!

Fine Art

Experience art on a whole new level.

One-on-one attention from professors is a hallmark of the Department of Art and an advantage of our classes that are purposely kept small. Our studio facilities are well equipped, with space devoted to each discipline: painting, digital art, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture.

Ashland University offers a diverse Fine Art major with concentrations in six areas that include:

  • Painting
  • Digital Art
  • Printmaking
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Illustration

You begin by taking classes in introductory drawing, design and art history — the Art Foundations Sequence. Your upper-level courses allow you to explore a range of media and creative ideas that advance your skill as an artist and help you hone your skills of critical analysis. You’ll study with professors who are practicing artists in the Fine Art medium they teach. And, you’ll get lots of one-on-one attention in class and in our well-lit, well-ventilated studios with space devoted to each discipline.

Come join us in our B.A. or BFA programs as we explore art-making techniques, teach you to solve problems creatively and build your technical skills. When you’re doing what you love even the most difficult challenge is rewarding. These programs are designed to prepare students for post-graduate pursuit of an MFA degree.

Some of the Interesting Classes You May Take

  • Art Theory and Criticism – an examination of the theories of contemporary art making
  • Senior Seminar — Guidelines for portfolio presentation, résumé development and professional display and documentation of artwork

What You’ll Love About the Fine Art Program:

  • Our small classes ensure that you receive lots of one-on-one attention from professors who are themselves gifted, exhibiting artists. It’s the kind of attention you could never receive on a large campus.
  • The Coburn Gallery provides ample exhibition space for nationally known artists as well as the outstanding work of students and faculty.
  • Our studio facilities are well equipped and well lit so you can do your very best work.
  • The ceramic studio includes 16 wheels and two gas-fired kilns.
  • The sculpture studio houses equipment for metal fabrication including MIG welders, oxy-acetylene torches, a plasma cutter and ring rollers. The studio also features a foundry equipped for bronze and aluminum casting and includes a well-equipped wood shop.
  • The painting studio is well lit and well ventilated and equipped with easels and workspaces for projects in various sizes.
  • The computer lab includes 15 PC stations, 15 flat-bed scanners, a 42” large format printer with archival ink and an 8’ x 10’ projection system.
  • As a senior, you’ll put on a Senior Exhibition in the Coburn Gallery showcasing a cohesive body of your best work. Prior to your senior year, you’ll also have opportunities to share your work around campus and, perhaps, in the gallery.

Reach Your Career Goals

Graduates of this program pursue interesting careers such as:

  • Entrepreneurial artist and gallery owner
  • Art critic
  • Art historian
  • Art editor
  • Artist-in-residence
  • Book jacket designer
  • Ceramicist
  • Gallery director
  • Medical illustrator
  • Jewelry designer
  • Print maker
  • Design consultant
  • Display designer
  • Fabric designer
  • Painter
  • Greeting card designer
  • Sculptor
  • Technical illustrator