Opening questions

Liberal arts college or art school?

A Trinity education in art places the work of artists in context with other disciplines: social workers, chemists, lawyers, psychologists and more. A liberal arts education provides art students with a rich, flexible approach that connects visual problem solving to larger cultural trends and concerns. You will learn about the wider culture with students and professors in other disciplines who are as passionate about their fields as you are about art. Art schools sharpen your technical skills, however, they often stumble when they try to relate to the larger culture; what they offer in general education tends to be "gen ed lite" because they are so narrowly focused. The range of ideas that students encounter in Trinity's general education studies —sometimes called "Core studies"— make you stronger and more flexible in the long run. At Trinity, we think it makes you a better artist, too.

a view of an art department studio that features the printing press

Will an art major prepare me for work after college.*

"It is by no means uncommon for a student educated and trained in dance, music, theatre, or the visual arts to seek and find multiple career paths outside of the arts. This is not because arts-related jobs are necessarily scarce (some are, some aren't), but because arts graduates of the kind described above are diversely capable people. What's more, the desire to make things artistically, or to bring that combination of creativity and intellect we call artistry to whatever is undertaken vocationally, never really goes away because artistic giftedness always insists on revealing itself, whatever the nature of the work at hand."

If I major in the arts, am I prepared to do anything else?*

"Yes. Serious study of any arts discipline develops creativity, increases intellectual skill, and provides specific insights and perspectives. Studies continue to show that individuals gifted in the arts also show higher levels of ability in other areas. Arts study is not just about art; it is also about thinking, analyzing, and creating unique solutions for unique situations. These abilities can be applied across the spectrum of human action, including both work and play.

"It is not unusual for individuals taking undergraduate majors in the arts to pursue other professional paths in graduate school or in the workplace. Some institutions create undergraduate programs in the arts that facilitate preparation for entering graduate programs in other disciplines. On the other hand, an undergraduate degree in one of the art forms will not prepare an individual for entry into a vocation that requires another kind of degree or preparation for entry, certification, or licensure. For example, while an undergraduate degree in dance could be preparatory to law school, the same degree would not prepare an individual to become a registered nurse upon graduation. In this case, additional studies beyond the dance degree would be required."

*From National Schools of Art and Design website: