Artists and designers play an increasingly significant role in the creative economy; they are involved in creating images, designs, and products for magazines, television, film, theater, video games, the internet, green architectural design, lines of clothing, furniture design and many other innovative fields. The opportunities for artists and designers extend far beyond gallery exhibitions. The creative problem solving and communication skills developed in an arts degree are applicable to any career. The educational goal is to set artists and designers on the path to successfully participate in, and contribute to, the arts community and the creative industry.
The innovative programs and variety of courses offered by the School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts focus on developing each individual as a skilled and creative practitioner of their craft. Whether for transfer to a four-year university or to enter a profession, degrees, certificates, and courses are available in many areas. All programs help students develop a portfolio for use in applying to four-year programs, to apply for entry-level positions or to launch a creative business.