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Contemporary Arts


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About Contemporary Arts

The Contemporary Arts major is an interdisciplinary contract major that allows students to design their own major to reflect their particular interests and career goals such as Public Relations or Animation. Working in consultation with a faculty advisor, students select courses from the offerings across the School of Contemporary Arts and across the whole college.  For example, a student interested in pursuing a career in Animation may elect to take courses from the fine arts programs of Theater and Visual Arts, combined with courses from the Communication Arts program.  Or, a student interested in Business Communications may combine communications journalism and writing with courses from the Anisfield School of Business.

Classes you can Take:

Introduction to Non Western Art Traditions, Photography: Concepts and History, Renaissance Art, Arts, Artists, and Society, Music in Our Time, Development of Modern Theater, European Avant-Garde Art & Design, Performance and Art, Art as Therapy, Apocalyptic Visions in Anime, Film & Media, American Photography and Visual Culture

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Career Opportunities

Sample Job Titles

Job Title
Art Directors
Special Effects Artists and Animators
Fashion Designers
Graphic Designers
Set and Exhibit Designers
Producers and Directors

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit

Hands-On Learning

This major requires self-motivation and serious planning, but it can be especially rewarding for the student who has specific goals that cannot be met in a regular major at the college, or who wishes to have the flexibility to take a wider array of courses than would be possible in a regular major. After an initial consultation with the Convener of the major, each student will be assigned to work in developing the major with a faculty member who is most knowledgeable in the area of the student’s interest.