Why study General Studies: Concentration Arts at APSU?
If you are a student with an earned associate's degree or have earned college credits with an interest in working in the performing arts, graphic design, or the visual arts, then this option can be designed to meet your career goals. It is more broadly based to gain knowledge that promotes an understanding of the creative and critical skills needed to succeed in the art, dance, music, and/or theater disciplines.
What will I learn?
Students will study basic principles essential for their own creative expression. Critical reasoning will be developed to understand the varying levels of beauty and emotional power produced by others through the performing arts, graphic design, and/or the visual arts. Creative development through a historical lens is introduced. Experienced advisors assist students to design an individualized degree plan that meets their career and/or graduate school goals.
The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.
The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.
What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?
APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life.
APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.
What Do General Studies: Concentration Arts majors Do After Graduation?
If you are interested in a career developing your creative abilities and work with others who appreciate the human ability to create and imagine, then this major can be used for entry-level positions. These positions may include working with individuals or groups who are interested in various facets of music, dance, art, and/or theater. In addition, the degree is an appropriate stepping-stone for students planning to continue into a master's level program related to teacher licensure in music or art or a post-baccalaureate certificate in music performance.
- Teacher Assistant
- Artist Studio Assistant
- Music Performance Certificate
- Fine Arts Salesperson
- Dance Performer
- Private Dance Studio Owner
- Parks and Recreation Activity Leader
- Casting Assistant
- Graduate School for MAT
- Graduate School Music Education
- Artist Studio Owner
- Private Music Teacher
- Theatre Performer
- Dance Studio Assistant
- Graphic Design Assistant
- Craft Artist
- Talent Scout