View Full Version : Major in Art Minor in some thing safe?

03-18-2007, 12:14 AM
Heya folks. Like 90% of the world I'd like to major in an Art, preferably fine art or stuido art, heh even graphic design. But Im thinking about minoring in some thing I enjoy but is 'safe' such as IT or Marketing. You know to have some thing to fall back on or even to support the Art Career. Or should I think about switching to minor in art and major in some thing 'safe' which is some thing I'd rather not do.

03-18-2007, 02:41 AM
I minored in communications...you need communication skills no matter the career.

03-19-2007, 08:32 PM
Here's something to consider: there are quite a few non-traditional (older than 25 when they start) students in my school's art department, and every one of them I've talked to said they wished they had done art to begin with, and that's why they're coming back later in life to get their art degrees.

I wouldn't major in something "safe" just because you're worried about not supporting your art career. After all, there are plenty of jobs out there that just require a college degree, with no specialization required in a particular major. They may not be the jobs you want, but they're safety options! If you major in chemistry and you hate chemistry, you'll be miserable, and is it worth it even if it's more "employable"?

If you have time for a minor, though, that will open up a lot of extra opportunities. I'm an art major/history minor and I got an internship for the summer creating a website with the state archives for use in the K-12 environment. Interactive design and history? Talk about perfect for me! If you look, there's plenty of areas where an art major and a minor in even a completely unrelated field can be useful. Communication is an obvious one, especially if you go with graphic design; I know people doing business minors as well.

Speaking of, there are "safe" art degrees, especially graphic design and interactive design (websites). If you can stand sitting at a computer all day, that may be the best compromise for you.

03-19-2007, 08:42 PM
It seems like there are plenty of things to fall back on inside the art world. Graphic designers are in such high demand now that people are hiring graphic designers who have no art training whatsoever.

I started typing this before the person about me posted. I don't like sounding repetitive.

05-06-2007, 11:02 PM
I agree with Talking banana as long as you have a degree in anything... you can always get a "safe job" somewhere. But if you want to major in fine art or studio art...DO IT!!! If you don't and you major in something safe...when you get older ...sooner or later you will wish you had done it. Life is too short! DO IT!!