Bakersfield College

Picture of side of art building at Bakersfield College

Art

The mission of the Bakersfield College Art Department is to provide excellent instruction in the visual arts, to prepare students to make societal contributions by becoming citizens who are visually literate, culturally aware, skilled in creative problem-solving, and aesthetically sensitive.

The Art Department also features the Jones Art Gallery, which hosts various exhibitions throughout the year, including the Art Student Exhibition for BC students and Panorama Invitational for area high school students.

Program Level Outcomes: Art Department

At the end of an Art course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles, elements, and language of art/design.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to critique their own work, as well as the work of other students; and defend their creative choices verbally.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of a portfolio or “body of work.”

What can you do with a degree in Art?

Skills Needed

  • Ability to work well with others
  • Imagination and creativity
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Flexibility
  • Good reading, writing and editing skills

Organizations that typically employ Art majors:

  • Adult & community programs
  • Advertising agencies, newspapers & trade publications
  • Apparel manufacturers/textile mills
  • Arts councils
  • Art schools
  • Art studios
  • Auction houses, photo agencies & studios
  • Department and retail stores
  • Film and motion pictures & media production companies
  • Governments - local, state, and federal
  • Graphic design firms
  • Hospitals
  • Interior design departments
  • Libraries
  • Local historical societies
  • Magazines
  • Museums and galleries
  • Newspapers/publishing houses
  • Universities

Career Paths for Art Majors

  • Advertising Artist
  • Advertising Designer
  • Aerial Photographer
  • Airbrush Artist
  • Animator
  • Antiques Dealer
  • Architectural Model Builder
  • Architectural Renderer
  • Art Administrator
  • Art Buyer
  • Art Conservator
  • Art Consultant
  • Art Critic
  • Art Dealer
  • Art Director
  • Art Exhibition Coordinator
  • Art Historian
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Artist
  • Artist's Agent
  • Assistant Curator
  • Auctioneer Transporter
  • Audio Visual Designer
  • Bank Note Designer
  • Billboard Artist
  • Book Designer
  • Book Jacket Designer
  • Book Illustrator
  • Bookplate Designer
  • CAD Designer
  • Calligrapher
  • Car and Bus Card Designer
  • Caricaturist
  • Cartoonist
  • Catalog Illustrator
  • CD/Record Cover Designer
  • Ceramic Artist
  • Cinematographer
  • Color Expert
  • Computer Graphics
  • Copyist
  • Costume Designer
  • Costume Illustrator
  • Courtroom Artist
  • Curator
  • Decorator
  • Designer
  • Digital Retoucher
  • Direct Mail Designer
  • Display Artist
  • Display Designer
  • Display Painter
  • Drafter
  • Editorial Illustrator
  • Engraver
  • Environmental Designer
  • Etcher
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Fabric Designer
  • Fashion Artist/Designer
  • Filmmaker
  • Floral Designer
  • Freelance Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Game Designer
  • Gallery Owner
  • Gemologist
  • Glass Blower
  • Graphic Arts Technician
  • Graphic Designer
  • Greeting Card Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Industrial Designer
  • Interior Decorator
  • Internet Designer
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Label Designer
  • Landscape Architect
  • Layout Artist
  • Magazine Designer
  • Magazine Illustrator
  • Mannequin Decorator
  • Mechanical & Production Artist
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Memorial Designer
  • Millinery Designer
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Motion Picture Animator
  • Motion Picture Artist
  • Motion Picture Scenic Designer
  • Municipal Graphic Designer
  • Mural Artist
  • Museum Artist
  • Newspaper Designer
  • Newspaper Illustrator
  • Newspaper Layout Artist
  • Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Printmaker
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Professor of Art
  • Product Designer
  • Public Artist
  • Publication Designer
  • Quick Sketch Artist
  • Sculptor
  • Set Designer/
    Illustrator
  • Silhouette Artist
  • Silkscreen Artist
  • Stained Glass Artist
  • Stencil Cutter
  • Still Photographer
  • Textile Designer
  • 3D Animator
  • 3D Modeler
  • 3D Texture Artist
  • Topographer
  • Toy Designer
  • Trademark Designer
  • Typographer
  • Upholstery Fabric Designer
  • Video Game Designer
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