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    This might sound a bit sily but those of you doing Fine Art... what are you gonna do with the rest of your lives? Besides being an artiste

    I've just been running through the options at the moment and is it just me, or do they seem somewhat limited according to sources of information?

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    Although I am a prospective Fine Art student, I must admit to being as equally baffled as yourself.

    What I do know is that, according to a landmark study conducted a few years ago investigating the career paths of art and design graduates, Fine artists are not actually too disadvantaged in terms of immediate graduate prospects. They do not snap up graduate-level jobs instantly in the manner that design graduates do, it seems, but this is countered for by the numbers progressing onto Masters courses.

    The big problem here is that Fine Art is such a singular degree subject, not fervently 'vocational' nor at all generalised across a wide academic base. After six months many are still making contacts, and so on, and instances of enforced economic inactivity and self-employment complicate the issue when it comes to compiling records. Certainly many Fine artists naturally take a long time to 'settle in' to any kind of line of work - for many years in some cases, as many are said to need to stabilise themselves financially in the first few years post-graduation. Like many graduates of other disciplines, it appears they often accept 'bum' jobs initially, switch between them relentlessly, before eventually converging back towards art and design.

    What happens after that remains beyond me. Black hole anyone?
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    (Original post by McNuggets)
    Although I am a prospective Fine Art student, I must admit to being as equally baffled as yourself.

    What I do know is that, according to a landmark study conducted a few years ago investigating the career paths of art and design graduates, Fine artists are not actually too disadvantaged in terms of immediate graduate prospects. They do not snap up graduate-level jobs instantly in the manner that design graduates do, it seems, but this is countered for by the numbers progressing onto Masters courses.

    The big problem here is that Fine Art is such a singular degree subject, not fervently 'vocational' nor at all generalised across a wide academic base. After six months many are still making contacts, and so on, and instances of enforced economic inactivity and self-employment complicate the issue when it comes to compiling records. Certainly many Fine artists naturally take a long time to 'settle in' to any kind of line of work - for many years in some cases, as many are said to need to stabilise themselves financially in the first few years post-graduation. Like many graduates of other disciplines, it appears they often accept 'bum' jobs initially, switch between them relentlessly, before eventually converging back towards art and design.

    What happens after that remains beyond me. Black hole anyone?
    lol... See I was told that Fine Art has wide transferable skills and after listening to the tutors's arguments, I still very believe it certainly does. We're open minded, creative, full of ideas and solutions, practical, versatile, critical etc etc. Well, depending on what type of Fine Art you do, of course... some are more specialist whilst others are interdisciplinary. Don't get me wrong, I don't regret taking this career route but I'd like to think there is a bit more to prospects afterwards rather than just, doing manual non-education required jobs, being a curator or working in a museum or teaching. lol. However having said that, the somewhat snobbery of the wider world will inevitably mean that the nature of our work is dismissed as dosser's work, merely "drawing pretty pictures all day"? Is that familiar to any one? lol

    I am also very interested in design too but fear for a lack of relevant portfolio. I was told whilst still at school that doing an art degree of any sort should allow you any access into any creative whatsoever. However, recent research, this doesn't seem to be the case... unless I am looking at all the wrong sources?? :confused:
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    teaching?
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    Versatile qualifications? Certainly many art and design degree subjects are becoming to be viewed as so.

    As large a sector as teaching is for graduated Fine artists, as far as I am aware the paid, full-time opportunities in such occupations are scarce.
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    Versatile qualifications? Certainly many art and design degree subjects are becoming to be viewed as so.

    As large a sector as teaching is for graduated Fine artists, as far as I am aware the paid, full-time opportunities in such occupations are scarce.
    lol... Teaching has never been one of my ife-time ambitions... hence me wondering about this...!
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    Art and Design graduates may specialise at degree level, but many have different skills in that field. Like, if you did a Fine Art degree, you could very well go on to become a silversmith.

    A lot of what defines what you can do after graduating is the extra skills you pick up. Extre curricular courses can be a big push.

    Doing postgrad degrees right up to doctorate is often favoured. After this, it's quite common if you have the academic skills along with the creative (which you actually DO to get a good degree, like in any other field) to become something like an art director for a company, get a good job in advertising, marketing, etc.

    Fine artists spenmd their time working out what looks good and analysing all types of information. These skills are what's sort after to make many of the things surrounding you now.

    Although, this is all second hand information to me.
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    i want to get into theatre design and in my final years of the degree i want to focus on sculpture. i thought this would be a pretty good and quite ejoyable profession to get into.
 
 
 
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