Do students have to be a professional performing artist?

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Do students have to be a professional performing artist?

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

Do students have to be a professional performing artist?

Of course not.

Megan Dorsey
SAT Prep & College Advisor College Prep LLC

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.

Tira Harpaz
Founder CollegeBound Advice

Do students have to be a professional performing artist?

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.