Developmental Focus: Transition into the Professional World
Students continue to build on First, Second and Third Year Core Skills while opportunities after graduation are emphasized.
• Students develop a substantial body of work building on the work done in their third year. It is accompanied by a professional package that includes a resume, a statement about their work and images of their work.
• Students become aware of and prepare for specific careers. These may include teaching, art, design or scholarly related jobs and non-art/non-design related positions.
• Students continue to research graduate school (if appropriate). Those students who want to apply are guided through the application process.
• Students are given instruction in making promotional and public presentations. Opportunities such as commissions, freelance work, public art, exhibition, and entrepreneurial ventures are discussed.
• Students are presented competitive opportunities such as grants, residencies, publications and exhibitions are presented and specifics of the application procedures are discussed.
• Students become familiar with the qualities of a professional physical environment, a studio or study, and specifics of how to establish one after graduation.
• Students learn the value of establishing a professional network.
• Students learn the basics of financial planning, tax preparation and the important pieces of business management.
• Students become familiar with copyright laws and appropriate uses of written contracts.
• Students are introduced to the professional associations in their field.
• Students practice developing leadership skills by taking responsibility in class group activities and in both on & off campus programs.