The study of Fine Arts prepares the student for a variety of professions. Studio work - the production of paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and multi-media work for exhibition in galleries and museums - is the ultimate goal of many Fine Arts students and often our graduates enjoy success at this level.
Others choose careers that use art as a foundation for working with people. Professions related to teaching such as early childhood education, art education, occupational therapy, art therapy, or teaching at university or college level are open to students who go on to masters' level programs. Other possibilities include careers in art history, art restoration/conservation, museology and a myriad of art-related industries. Some graduates decide to write about art, in weekly newspaper columns or art journals. They may eventually write books about art history or art criticism.
Fine arts studies can also lead to a number of professions in the applied arts. These include working in advertising, communications, photography, cinema, television and theatre. Some of our graduates freelance as illustrators and designers.
If you would like more information about the Fine Arts Program, please call 931-8731, local 3213.
Dawson's two-year pre-university Fine Arts program is an intensive series of courses that prepare students for further studies in Art School or University. The program focuses on Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, Printmaking, Computer Art and the History of Art and Aesthetics.
Motivated teachers, many of whom possess a strong and vital interest in their own art production respect and support the artistic development of students in an atmosphere of creativity. This environment, coupled with the well-rounded training our students receive, helps the Dawson Fine Arts graduate gain admission to educational institutions around the world - often with scholarships and advanced standing.
Our faculty also teaches a cross-section of Dawson students from other programs. For students enrolled in the Arts and Letters program, we provide an introduction to the visual arts as a preparation for University or to supplement studies in cinema, music, theatre and communications. Students outside the visual arts disciplines may take a studio and/or art history course to fulfill their complementary requirements.
Department Chair: Harlan Johnson