By Victoria Taylor
- People often don’t realise just how valuable arts degrees can be. With it being increasingly hard to find a job, most people consider the science subjects to be the most valuable in terms of qualifications: art and humanities are often dubbed as “soft,” subjects. However, I am going to disprove this idea: in fact, a degree in art and design could be incredibly useful indeed…
First of all, a qualification like this can open many doors for you when it comes to finding a job. On the surface, the fact that you’ve chosen to undertake such a degree already suggests you have a creative, original mind, which will help you stand out in a place of work. In terms of your career, there are hundreds of jobs that will be accessible to you with an art and design degree: animation, furniture designer, make-up artist, web designing, and even designing jewellery! It’s an extremely diverse degree that overlaps into a lot of potential career paths. For example, anyone who is interested in both history and art could study to be a museum curator. Interested in floristry? This is the degree you need. And of course, any job involving some form of fashion design (even down to footwear or hat designing!) will still require this type of qualification. Thanks to the sheer number of jobs that require creativity, you’ll almost be spoilt for choice when it comes to the world of work.
On the other hand, there are other factors that set art and design courses apart from other undergraduate degrees. For example, some universities will ask for an online or physical portfolio of your artwork as entry requirement, or will include a foundation year in their curriculum. This is mostly to introduce students to the techniques and skills that will be used in the first year of their full degree course, to help them decide what to specialise in later on, and therefore trains them to the level required to start their degree. The year of additional work is a great asset: it’s a further chance to hone and practice skills before putting them to use, and can lead to better results in the long run. Unlike other degrees, you’ll end up being a lot more independent with your work than you usually would. Instead of learning a set core course, most universities will encourage you to take your own initiative and work on an agreed programme that is normally discussed and decided in conversations between the student and their tutors. The free reign essentially prepares you for independent work as an adult, and will improve your perseverance and motivation in your own projects, a valuable skill in any walk of life.
In conclusion, there is no denying the fact that an art degree can be a lot of hard work, and it may seem like there is a lot of pressure. But in taking on such a commitment, you’ll end up with a fantastic skillset, a fantastic degree, and a lot of gorgeous art work! So get out there and look for those art courses- you won’t regret it!