Do students have to be a professional performing artist?
The sky is the limit!
After college, you can always work “in the industry” in various roles; promotions, journalism, and management are a few careers that are often sought out by graduates with fine arts/performing arts degrees.
Or, you could seek a career that has nothing to do with the arts – as long as you are qualified to work in that position, of course. You could even go on to graduate school and earn a degree in something completely unrelated to the arts.
Best of luck!
This is a very limited and incorrect view of art majors. Yes, some art graduates will go on to perform, but a significant number of graduates will work in behind the scenes jobs related to their majors. Sound, lighting, choreography, costumes, direction, marketing, promotions, museum administration, and many other jobs are ideal for arts majors. A majority of arts graduates will come from traditional colleges and universities, as opposed to conservatory programs, and these students will have exposure to business, writing, and liberal arts courses which promote critical thinking and analytical skills valuable in a wide range of professions.
Absolutely not. Students who do not want a professional career can work in the business end of the arts, such as theater administration or marketing for a record company. They can teach the arts, become art or music therapists or even decide to go to professional school.
Of course not.
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