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Frequently Asked Questions for students can be found here.

*The Admissions and Financial Aid Offices will serve students entirely remotely. Employees of these offices will be available to assist students and their families Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. via their Clarke email and phone extension.  For admissions-related questions, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@clarke.edu or 563-588-6316.  For questions regarding financial aid, please contact the  Financial Aid Office at financialaid@clarke.edu or 563-588-6327.

Careers in Art

Erik Brolin puts on the finishing touches to his ceramic mugs.
Erik Brolin puts on the finishing touches to his ceramic mugs.

Definition

Art is the study of the various creative means of expressing human thoughts, interests, attitudes, emotions and ideas. Areas of specialization include art history, art education, and fine art study of painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking.

Finding your ideal career in Fine Arts can be a bit difficult and complex. Many times the fine artist is his/her own employer, and becoming a successful artist takes time and years to develop. Determination, perseverance and motivation are key to succeeding as an artist. Taking a position in an arts organization is a great way to learn the business side of the fine arts world, as well as get your foot in the door. It is also not uncommon for fine artists to explore different career options for a few years after graduation.

Can you prove you have the most important skills to hear “you’re hired?”

Communication Skills

Communication skills involve active listening and presentation as well as excellent writing capabilities. Can you explain technical concepts to partners, customers and coworkers in a way they will understand?

Computer and Technical Literacy

Today, most jobs require basic competency in computer software.

Interpersonal Skills

The ability to work in teams, relate to people and manage conflict is extremely important in the workplace. How have you done this in the past? What is your conflict management style?

Adaptability

Are you able to adapt to changes and manage multiple tasks? In today’s professional world, the ability to learn new technologies and adjust to changing surroundings is important.

Research Skills

Hiring managers seek employees that are skilled at assessing situations, are able to seek multiple perspectives and gather more in-depth information.

Project Management Skills

Organization, planning and effectively implementing projects are all important skills to an employer. Many companies are choosing not to hire project managers, and are expecting all employees to possess the skills necessary to carry out projects.

Problem-Solving Skills

You need the ability to use creativity, reasoning, past experience, and available resources to resolve issues in any field. Solving problems will save your organization time and money.

Strong Work Ethic

Can you take initiative? Are you reliable? Can you do the job right the first time? Managers don’t have the time watch your every move, so this is a skill that is expected from all employees.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence is not a skill that will be listed in a job description. However, it is a highly sought after skill that relates to social skills, social awareness and self-management abilities.