What is fine arts?


Students majoring in the fine arts learn to create images, objects and environments using a variety of techniques and media. "The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance," Aristotle. "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up," Pablo Picasso. "A primitive artist is an amateur whose work sells," Grandma Moses.

Why should I consider majoring in fine arts?

As you work on a number of structured assignments and independent studio projects, you sharpen your visual understanding and enhance your critical-thinking skills. If you like handicrafts, especially sewing, woodworking, model building or pottery, riddles and metaphors, cooking, museums and galleries, drawing and painting, manipulating digital images, working independently, or taking risks you might like this major.

What will I learn from studying fine arts?

Art classes in this major take place in studios outfitted with the equipment you’ll need for a particular medium, such as charcoal drawing or woodworking. You will probably be required to take a series of art history courses. By designing and producing artworks of your own and by studying the work of others you learn to understand the ideas, values, motives, and vocabulary of artists. The following is a list of other skills you will learn:

  • Attention to detail
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking/reading skills
  • Rational thinking
  • Good research skills
  • Abstract thinking/analysis
  • Manual dexterity
  • Patience
  • Persistence
  • Verbal skills

What career fields are related to fine arts?

  • Advertising Artist
  • Bookplate Artist
  • Fashion Artist/Designer
  • Motion Picture Artist
  • Advertising Designer
  • CAD Designer
  • Filmmaker
  • Motion Picture Scenic Designer
  • Aerial Photographer
  • Calligrapher
  • Floral Designer
  • Municipal Graphic Designer
  • Airbrush Artist
  • Car and Bus Card Artist
  • Freelance Letter/Designer
  • Mural Artist
  • Animator
  • Caricaturist
  • Furniture Designer
  • Museum Artist
  • Antiques Dealer
  • Cartoonist
  • Gallery Owner
  • Newspaper Artist
  • Architectural Model Builder
  • Catalog Illustrator
  • Gemologist
  • Newspaper Illustrator
  • Architectural Renderer
  • CD/Record Cover Designer
  • Glass Blower
  • Newspaper Layout Artist
  • Art Administrator
  • Ceramic Artist
  • Graphic Arts Technician
  • Photographer
  • Art Buyer
  • Cinematographer
  • Motion Picture Animator
  • Art Therapist
  • Display Designer
  • Landscape Architect
  • Stencil Cutter
  • Artist
  • Display Painter
  • Layout Artist
  • Still Photographer
  • Artist's Agent
  • Drafter
  • Magazine Cover Artist
  • Textile Designer
  • Assistant Curator
  • Editorial Illustrator
  • Magazine Designer/Illustrator
  • Topographer
  • Auctioneer Transporter
  • Engraver
  • Mannequin Decorator
  • Toy Designer
  • Audio Visual Artist/Designer
  • Engrosser
  • Mechanical & Production Artist
  • Tracer
  • Bank Note Designer
  • Environmental Designer
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Trademark Designer
  • Billboard Artist
  • Etcher
  • Memorial Designer
  • Typographical Artist
  • Book Illustrator/Designer
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Millinery Designer
  • Upholstery Fabric Designer
  • Book Jacket Designer
  • Fabric Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Photojournalist
  • Art Conservator
  • Color Expert
  • Graphist
  • Printing Designer
  • Art Consultant
  • Copyist
  • Greeting Card Artist
  • Printing Layout Artist
  • Art Critic
  • Costume Designer Illustrator
  • Product Designer
  • Art Dealer
  • Courtroom Sketcher
  • Impressionist
  • Quick Sketch Artist
  • Art Director
  • Decorator
  • Interior Decorator
  • Sculpturist
  • Art Exhibition Coordinator
  • Designer
  • Internet Designer
  • Set Designer/Illustrator
  • Art Graphic Assistant
  • Direct Mail Artist
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Silhouette Artist
  • Art Historian
  • Direct Mail Layout
  • Kitchenware Designer
  • Silkscreen Artist
  • Art Teacher
  • Display Artist
  • Label Designer
  • Stained Glass Artist
  • Urban Designer

How can I learn more about fine arts?

Occupational Outlook Handbook  
DISCOVER Career Guidance and Information Systems  

Contact Source:

College of Performing and Visual Arts Academic Discovery Center

Location: MC 376

Phone: 208-496-9870

Email: CPVAacademicdiscoverycenter@byui.edu