Do students have to be a professional performing artist?
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.