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A fine arts education equips students with the career tools to problem solve, innovate, and think critically. Artists know how to examine the past, interpret the present, and predict the future—not just in their studios, but in the world at large. Every day artists harness their creative power and apply it to every industry in the world. Creativity is not bound to an object, but rather exists in everything—like from the way dinner is presented to friends and family—to solving issues like world hunger. Within that creative process artists are able engage the world.

Every artist and designer must be, to some extent, a viewer, creator, communicator, theorist, and historian. For this reason, certain subject areas and learning processes are common to all specializations in art and design. Successful graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the Hartford Art School are prepared to:

  • Analyze and interpret the nonverbal language of art and design;
  • Demonstrate competence in a number of art and design techniques and processes;
  • Develop responses to visual phenomena and organize perceptions and conceptualizations both rationally and intuitively;
  • Demonstrate understanding of the major achievements in the history of art, including the works and intentions of leading historic and contemporary artists;
  • Understand and evaluate contemporary thinking about art and design; and
  • Make valid assessments of quality in works of art and design including the ability to critically analyze one’s own work.

Creativity in the Workplace

The Professional Practices course provides Fine Art students with an overview of opportunities in the fine arts and related fields. Students in this course will work on projects that range from resumé building to exhibition curating. This course is dedicated to addressing critical skills that will assist in preparing students to succeed as they enter the larger world as professionals upon graduation.

“We need people who think with the creative side of their brains—people who have played in a band, who have painted…it enhances symbiotic thinking capabilities, not always thinking in the same paradigm, learning how to kick-start a new idea, or how to get a job done better, less expensively.”
– Annette Byrd, GlaxoSmithKline

“Arts education aids students in skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate, the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence.”
– Dr. Joseph M. Cahalan, director of Corporate Communications, Xerox Corporation

“GE hires a lot of engineers. We want young people who can do more than add up a string of numbers and write a coherent sentence. They must be able to solve problems, communicate ideas and be sensitive to the world around them. Participation in the arts is one of the best ways to develop these abilities.”
Clifford V. Smith, president of the General Electric Foundation