1 Counseling Fine and Performing Arts Students Susan Deppe Millikin University Andrew Laue Webster University
2 Fine and Webster Performing U Arts Careers in the Fine and Performing Arts are real. People can and do make a living in the Arts. A high level of preparation and training is required, but the careers and job satisfaction are very rewarding. A full and satisfying career in the Arts is possible because there will always be a demand for entertainment.
3 Fine and Performing Arts Webster U A career in the Fine and Performing Arts should only be pursued if there is true passion. Not all jobs are on stage, in front of a camera, in a studio, or creating digital work. The industry of entertainment is huge, and there are lots of jobs needed to produce, create, and distribute the final product.
4 Fine and Webster Performing U Arts Although a college degree is not required to get a job in the Arts, having one will usually provide a better opportunity to be successful, and a longer more sustainable career. Colleges that require an audition and/or portfolio review usually indicates a strong focus in that program. A professional training degree (such as a BFA or BM) will be more intense and provide more career preparation compared to a BA.
5 Fine and Webster Performing U Arts Professional Degree Programs: More required credit hours within major, limited general education coursework, graduate school preparation is not necessarily the focus, audition/portfolio requirement for admission, program may be closed to non-majors. For some colleges the audition and/or portfolio review is two separate processes. At others it is considered part of the overall application evaluation. For some students, the quality of the fine arts program will trump all other criteria and considerations.
6 Fine and Webster Performing U Arts If there is interest in the business side of fine arts, be sure the school offers programs specifically designed for that career, like Music Business, Commercial Music, or Entertainment Marketing. If the advice is to design your own major, or just take some business classes as electives, that usually means they don t. Arts teachers in your building can be a very good resource. They are often very knowledgeable about what colleges have strong programs, and more importantly, can be helpful in determining what school is a good fit. In addition, they can usually assess whether the student has the talent or skill to be accepted to a specific college.
7 Fine and Webster Performing U Arts Have a discussion about teacher education, if that s a consideration. Not every school offers it, and does the student really wan to teach? Encourage the student to learn about how each schools attitude towards those who are interested in double-majoring.
8 Fine and Webster Performing U Arts What amount of general education coursework is required? Some don t require any general coursework. Be aware that at some colleges not all fine arts courses and programs are available to non-majors. If the school has a graduate program, find out how significant the opportunities are for undergraduate students. Can they be cast in plays? Perform a solo at a major concert? How are studio time and rehearsal space for students allocated/prioritized?
9 Fine and Webster Performing U Arts Carefully advise those students considering a community college. Finding a job in the Arts after graduation is different from most other careers. Successful students need to be entrepreneurial, passionate, and resilient; have confidence in their talent and abilities, and a strong desire to persevere.
10 Fine and Webster Performing U Arts Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs Chicago St. Louis Sunday, September 21 Monday, September 22 1:00 3:30 7:00 9:00 DePaul University Webster University
11 Webster Animation U I m interested in Animation but I m not going to use that exact word. Listen for these key words, and then probe further - Art - Graphics/Graphic Design - Computer Science - Electronic Drawing - Digital Media - Multimedia - Digital Graphics - Visual Design - Commercial Art - Film - Special Effects - Computer Design - Digital Drawing - Visual Effects - Web Design
12 Webster Animation U At most schools with an actual animation major, animation means computer generated imagery (CGI) used for a variety of applications. Applications include: filmmaking, television, advertising, education, architecture, television graphics, bio-medical, website design, simulators, military, law enforcement, and video gaming.
13 Careers Webster in Animation U Careers in animation and related fields are real, and demand and salaries are expected to increase. Median overall salary for animators: $61,330 Animators in motion picture industry: $68,600* Advertising and related fields: $55,890* Projected growth of the animation industry through 2020: 8%* Careers in the animation industry can be achieved without majoring in animation. Animation industry is competitive. Employers are looking to hire the best. *Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, Edition
14 Animation Careers in Animation Character Technical Director Art Director Character Animator Motion Capture Artist Character Rigger Background Painter Compositing Artist Visual Effects Designer Inbetweener Pre-Visualization Artist Texture Artists Creative Project Manager FX Artist Production Designer Storyboard Artist CG Modeler Look Development Artist
15 Webster U Counseling and Advising Recommendations for Animation Student interested in animation should be artistically skilled, naturally creative, relentlessly passionate, and have an understanding of storytelling. Look for animation, digital effects, visual effects, special effects, digital design, or similar verbiage in program names, major requirements, and course descriptions. Is the school familiar with Disney s 12 Basic Principles of Animation? Potential schools should also have a strong film, audio, and video programs. Technology resources (i.e. computer labs, software, studios, etc.) are important, but should only be one part of the evaluation process. Development of storytelling skills, how the animation program collaborates with related departments, and an emphasis on creativity are just as crucial.
16 Webster U Counseling and Advising Recommendations for Animation No matter how advanced or accomplished from high school, students should be prepared to focus on the fundamentals of their craft and develop a full understanding of the animation process. Students should be prepared to work in groups and teams, and understand that this is crucial to success in the industry. If artistic skills are lacking, a program with minimal art/drawing classes may be the best option. Carefully advise those students considering a community college.
17 Counseling and Advising Recommendations for Animation The reputation of a school can be helpful when searching for a job, but at the end of the day hires are made from demo reels. Talent, passion, perseverance, and a little luck are the keys to being successful.
18 Video Webster Gaming U - Legitimate and growing industry - $80 billion industry 8.6% employment growth rate Video game artists average salary: $79,124 Video game programmer average salary: $88,298 Sources: Game Developer magazine s 2012 Annual Salary Survey Entertainment Software Association, Video Games in the 21 st Century Report, by Stephen E. Siwek
19 Video Webster Gaming U Enthusiast, or genuine career interest? Enthusiast No single, defined educational path to success in the industry. The two primary job components in game design and development are programming, and visual design. Professional Other aspects of gaming: project management, storytelling, character development, marketing/advertising, budgeting, platform compatibility, and franchise management.
20 Counseling and Advising Recommendations Webster for U Gaming Look for specific verbiage such as video game design or video game development. Look for schools that also have programs in art, audio, video, film, and where creativity is celebrated. Programs that are collaborative with engineering and/or computer science can be very beneficial. Students should be prepared to work regularly in teams and groups. Carefully advise those students considering community college, and beware of for-profit institutions.
21 Counseling and Advising Recommendations for Gaming Keys to success in gaming: A strong desire to achieve An understanding of creativity and storytelling Ability to understand and work with the other side, i.e. artists and programmers Ability to think logically Ability to learn and re-learn Thick skin
22 Examples of Webster Game UDesign Jobs - Lead programmer - Technical Director - Lead Artist - Art Director - Producer - Quality Assurance Tester - Audio Director - Sound Engineer - Character Developer - Software Designer - Production Designer - Programmer - Artist - Animator - Project Lead - Associate Producer - Quality Assurance Lead - Audio Designer - Writer - Digital Compositor - Software Engineer - Advertising/Marketing
23 Contact Information: Andrew Laue Associate Director of Admissions Webster University St. Louis, MO Susan Deppe Associate Director of Admission Millikin University Decatur, IL
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