Freshman

Course Selection

  • Fundamentals studio courses (Drawing I, 2-D and 3-D Design) and Foundations of Art History courses provide a good foundation for success in the program.
  • Second semester, you will have opportunity to begin exploring the introductory courses in our range of media areas (Ceramics, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture.)

Ask for Assistance

  • Be sure that you start your time at Auburn well by regularly meeting with your academic advisors in the college
  • Individual planning and advisor guidance can ensure you are off to a strong start

College of Liberal Arts

Gain Experience

  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your résumé.
  • We have faculty internship advisors to help you identify and successfully compete for internships that advance your career plans.
  • Local opportunities include the Jule Collins Smith Museum, Fieldwork Projects, the department’s satellite gallery, and the Jan Dempsey Art Center.
  • We also place students in leading art museums, with non-profit arts organizations, and with professional artists.

Get Involved

  • The department has two active student organizations, the Association of Visual Artists (studio arts-focused), and Studio 5 (focused on art history.)
  • Both offer social and networking opportunities, presentations of professional skills by art faculty, group critiques, visiting artist and scholar presentations, field trips to museums and galleries, and service and leadership opportunities.

Sophomore

Course Selection

  • You should explore our studio areas, identifying areas of interest and seeking breadth in your art making experience.
  • Figure Drawing and Advanced Drawing permit further work in this foundational area.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with you College of Liberal Arts advisor each semester to properly design your curriculum and pre-register for Arts classes.
  • Take advantage of Study Partners, SI sessions, and the academic coaching in the Office of Academic Support.
  • The Miller Writing Center can help with your writing assignments and all other writing assistance you may need.

Gain Experience

  • We highly recommend that all our art and art history majors expand their awareness through study abroad experience. The department provides summer study opportunities in Rome and Paris.

Get Involved

  • Look for more opportunities on campus to engage by utilizing AUInvolve to identify organizations you’re interested in joining.

Junior

Course Selection

  • At this level, BA Studio majors should determine whether they seek to focus a majority of their art electives in a particular media area, or whether they seek a generalist’s breadth of experience.
  • Upper level art history courses provide awareness of the worldwide richness of art traditions and give students perspectives that help them create sophisticated work of their own.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with someone in the University Career Center (UCC) to explore career options and receive individualized assistance

Gain Experience

  • Use LinkedIn to identify past graduates in your major and set up informational interviews and shadowing opportunities to gain further understanding of your major in the world of work.
  • Participate in an internship.

Get Involved

  • Consider applying for university and college fellowships.
  • Consider a leadership role in the Auburn Anthropological Association or the Alabama Archaeological Society.

Senior

Course Selection

  • As a senior BA student, you will take our Professional Practices course, in which you will examine graduate study and career possibilities, and create a web portfolio and resume.

Ask for Assistance

  • While finalizing your portfolio be sure to use all campus resources including MDRL, ePortfolio Project, the UCC, the Writing Center, and your department resources.

Gain Experience

  •  Our annual Juried Student Exhibition brings an esteemed artist or critic to campus each spring to select award winners from this highly selective show.
  • You should use this and other exhibition opportunities to seek exposure for and gauge the progress of your work.

Get Involved

  • Connect with AU alumni and stakeholders to enhance professional opportunities
  • Find additional ways to get involved in your field of interest.
  • Submit pieces to The Auburn Circle for possible publication.

General Information

The creation of a portfolio is essential for all pathways in the art field. During your undergraduate education be sure to identify and participate in opportunities that will allow you to enhance your skills and build your portfolio.

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Interests

Holland's Code: ARE

  • Artistic
  • Realistic
  • Enterprising

Personality

Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

  • ISFP
  • INFJ
  • ENFP
  • ESTP

*Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated

Values

  • Working Conditions
  • Independence
  • Achievement

Skills

  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Learning

Job and Internship Opportunities

RSS Sample of Positions Currently Listed on Handshake Hiring Art Majors

Meet your Career Contacts

University Career Center Liaison

Tasheila Williams-Townsend, EdS

Interim Associate Director, Career Development

tjw0024@auburn.edu

Make an Appointment

College of Liberal Arts Contact

Last modified: September 30, 2021