What does it take?
Pathways in Visual Arts & Design
Students that typically pursue Visual Arts and Design focus on careers in designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services. Careers in this pathway require a creative aptitude, a strong background in computer and technology applications, a strong academic foundation, and a proficiency in oral and written communication.
AT A GLANCE / VISUAL ARTS & DESIGN
Is this you?
I appreciate the arts
I like to create new things or ideas
Self-expression is important to me
I work well in unstructured situations
I like to speak and/or perform in front of people
I enjoy being around imaginative individuals.
I am attracted to creativity or cultural expression.
I am independent, original, or innovative.
I like to create things that entertain or inform others.
EXPRESSING MYSELF CREATIVELY
CREATING TO ENTERTAIN OR INFORM
THE GPA DIFFERENCE
How will GPA support my pursuit for this pathway?
For students who are considering applying to an art program, a creative portfolio (required for submission from colleges in visual arts and design) is most often the deciding factor in whether they are accepted. We work with students to explore multiple mediums and have students partner and collaborate with other designers. We offer students a hard skills foundation from which to create and innovate.
Students pursuing the Visual Arts & Design pathway can take design courses such as Digital Design & Branding.
COLLEGES & PROGRAMS
Where should I study?
GPA alumni have earned acceptance to more traditional Art & Design Schools such as Cal Arts, MICA, RISD, Art Center, and Otis. Additionally, new and innovative programs such as USC’s Iovine & Young and Media Arts + Practice, Drexel’s Interactive Digital Media, and Northeastern’s Design and Computer Science. This area in higher education is exploding and there are no programs every year.
University of Southern California, home of the interdisciplinary Media, Arts, and Practice program.
Explore the possibilities
Check out the different pathways within this interest cluster, which include information regarding specific careers! If you are looking to see what a student does in one of these paths, keep scrolling!
Here's what GPA Alumni are doing to pursue this pathway in their postsecondary education. This provides a glimpse in what you could be doing as a result of pursuing one of these paths!