Studies & Degrees in Arts, Design and Crafts




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Study 3D Animation

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Study Accesory Design

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Is it not fun to see accessories that blend perfectly with someone’s attire? We often see fashion icons and celebrities leading the line in promoting different designs and style of accessories. Indeed, those little stuff add flavor and color to the overall getup. This is one good thing about Accessory Design - the designer gets to see his craft being modelled in televisions and magazines – a very effective means of marketing products.

Accessory Design is the concept behind beautiful and attractive accessories. It is the conceptualization and creation of designs for stuff that people, especially women, partner with clothes and apparel, like jewelry, shoes, belts, hats, etc. Since there is a vast area in fashion, one has to choose a field to specialize in. For instance, one can either focus on designs of handbags, belt, hair accessories, or shoes – but rarely (or never) all of these.

It is imperative for every accessory designer to be updated with latest fashion trends, just so he or she could go in sync with what is hot in fashion industry. This requires an accessory designer to read fashion magazines, attend fashion shows, and do research about fashion trends. Some even go from one country to another to see what they can adapt from another culture that may be sellable in another culture. It is also important for an accessory designer to be highly flexible, because monotony is never a positive thing in fashion. Variety should always arise from somewhere, and designers are the ones acting as catalyst of change. Designer should also consider the required theme when coming up with designs and creations. One cannot just do it his way without considering the theme, unless the order made it specific that it would be a free-flowing design. Accessory designer should never run out of creative ideas to come up with new and unique way of expressing a soul.

Accessory Design is often a part-time job, where clients contact you whenever there are orders. Aside from the advantage of having it part-time (that is, you only take work orders when you feel like working on it), Accessory Design is a fun thing to do! Just like any other forms of arts, this is an expression of oneself.

Clients often prefer graduates of degree programs with concentration in Arts, Design, and Fashion to do the accessory design for their product line. This is, however, not a major requirement when people in the industry come to know your name and your work. That’s the time educational background becomes not so significant. For beginners, however, proper educational background will always give the leverage to start it right. Most of the graduates of related degree programs start as assistant of senior designer. This is where they get to have more exposure in the line of business. Of course, hands-on experience and the working with experts will always be the best teacher to make one a designer he aspires to be. This is perfectly why Accessory Design courses that are being offered around the world are into practical applications more than theoretical knowledge. These courses usually offer internship with top design and fashion companies, and this opportunity opens the door for internee to a potentially full-time career with the contact company.

Depending on the type of accessory they design, accessory designers can have lucrative income from this business, especially for those who have already established a name in the field. Charging your client $500+ per design is never a long shot. Clients are usually the ones who own fashion store line, like jewelry store, store for hair accessories, belts, shoes, hats, handbags, and many others. The market widened and continues to widen – it now caters not only to women, but to people of all ages and genders!

Study Acting

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Acting involves the playing and portraying of various roles in live and filmed productions, such as movies, theatre plays, opera, or variety. An actor can also participate in radio or commercials.

Usually actors have to attend an audition to earn a part in a certain production, and this often involves researching and preparing for the role they are auditioning for. Once they get a job, actors have to study the script and interpret the role they are given through the use of speech, gesture, and other performing skills. For more complicated roles, actors may need to gain new skills like dancing, martial arts, etc; this can also involve extensive research and additional training while filming or preparing the production. Finally, actors need to memorize a good amount of text, often combined with specific gestures and mimics.

Personal Qualities

Acting is often accompanied by an artistic nature and an inborn talent to re-create speech and characters. You would also need to have a very patient personality – not only is it a difficult task to earn jobs, but once you land a role in a production, you have to rehearse and repeat your lines many times in order to reach the final result. Here is a list of additional qualities:

  • Commitment and discipline
  • Excellent memory
  • Self-confidence and determination
  • Remain calm under pressure
  • Flexibility
  • Good physical condition

Study Options

To be an actor, you do not necessarily need a degree or any other special education. It is quite possible that you get discovered while pursuing a career in singing or modeling. Still, if you wish to dedicate yourself to acting, it would be a good move to do a major in a degree such as theatrical arts, or undergo some form of intensive training.

Most successful actors have started with attending drama classes in high school, participating in plays and other school productions, such as musicals or concerts. You could also concentrate on studying literature, getting familiar with different texts and plays. Furthermore, most universities offer drama and theatrical classes or courses as part of their ‘activities’, so you could definitely do that while studying Psychology, or Literature, for example. Last but not least, there are certain colleges (i.e. Julliard in New York) with an exceptional reputation for the training programs they provide in disciplines like Bachelor or Master of Fine Arts degrees.

Career Options

The career path that would most probably turn out successful for you would be to undergo intensive training, and then research talent agencies that can represent you in the professional acting world. Others decide to directly move to big cities like Los Angeles or New York, auditioning for a great variety of roles, and probably even undertaking another job until they manage to gain success in a major play, movie, or production.

Overall, as we already discussed, a great deal of patience and commitment is required for actors while pursuing various roles. You can always start by working for a small dinner theatre, for an improvisational comedy troupe, participate in commercials, or try to get a role in a major Broadway production. The paths are very diverse, and there definitely is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer.

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Study Animation

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Animation is an inspiring and stimulating profession, especially for those with interest and fascination in art and wants to tell a story. Many of us are not well informed regarding the opportunities for this kind of profession as well as the requirements or background needed to engage in the said business.

The Animation career pertains to the design, drawing, layout, output of computer graphics and multimedia system. The animators may utilize instructional programs, 2D or 3D graphics or model, video, network and kiosks. The most common technique of demonstrating Animation is as a video program or motion picture, though there are other numerous kinds of presenting Animation that exist.

Winsor McCay's Gertie the Dinosaur is frequently believed the very first instance of reality or accurate character Animation in 1914. Character Animation is improved or increased through special effects animation, which usually makes anything like machinery, motor vehicle and even the snow, rain and water but definitely not a character. The Disney Animation artists that stand out of the technique include Les Clark, Marc Davis, Norm Ferguson, Ub Iwerks, Ollie Johnston, Ward Kimball, Hal King, Eric Larson,, Fred Moore, Grim Natwick, Wolfgang Reitherman, John Sibley, Frank Thomas and Bill Tytla.

Most professions in Animation require creative or artistic skills. Aside from talent and passion, education and proper training is significant to all features in Animation career. The ability to draw and create images is required in conveying the feeling of characters, and the design methods for motion or movement of a character. The techniques in presenting other kinds of media such as live action film and motion picture photography, would also demonstrate the important or valuable designs in the making of character and environment throughout the preparation of a project. Animation is commonly utilized as a method for narrating a story, whether a film or animated commercial. Software programs used in this kind of field are Flash, Light Wave and Maya. Equipment utilized in Animation is dependent on the scope and complexity of the project. To pursue the career in Animation, you must also know how to communicate and work with others; follow the client’s and director’s instruction and demands; and proper coordination with your collaborator to attain a perfect or improved finished product. Other qualities include patience, perseverance, flexibility and resourcefulness. Some high-quality animation is usually made or form in Czech Republic, France, Hungary and Korea.

The required education for an Animation career is at least 2-year associated degrees or Bachelor of Arts degree in Animation, Arts, or Graphic Design. In professional schools the certification in animation is also available or offered with 2 to 3 years in time. Formal training is not necessary for animation artists. However, one should attempt to acquire the needed skills during college training in preparation to show a fighting disposition in the job market.

Some of the industry prospects for Animation include advertising, business (product endorsement and marketing exhibit), education (web based tutorials), engineering, entertainment (films and television), fashion and interior designing, insurance and legal industry, publishing (printing and artwork), sales (production), studios, computer and cellular phone games development, training institutes and web designing.

Study Applied Arts

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Study Applied Drama

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Study Architectural Design

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Though the term “architectural design” is just close at hand recently, its application has long been around for centuries. Despite the lack of modern materials used today, architectural designs during those olden times were very prominent because of its majestic projection. A distinct example of this is the magnificent structure of Egyptian pyramids which was constructed with strong bricks and stones. They serve as an influential architectural design for today’s artists and architects. Likewise the powerful design of those of the classical Greek constructions which involves ornate temples, columns, and pillars which were constructed with elegance, grace, and beautiful scroll work adds to the knowledge of architectural specialization in which up to these days are an attraction to tourists. No wonder, Architectural Design is gaining popularity among the professions in today’s society.

In this era, while most modern architectural designs carry the touch of those famous traditional architectural works, it is not as elaborate, gorgeous and provocative. However, it gained popularity in institutional and corporate buildings. Perhaps architects of today consider designing buildings in accordance to their functionality giving less to its aesthetic aspect. Others might have been driven by the technological and engineering developments.

This form of undertakings though takes into consideration all the aspects of the space, durability, functionality and the aesthetic purposes and the knowledge of all engineering works is easier these days with the advent of the computer. Unlike before architect designers can alter their plans at any time depending on the preference of their clients because it is stored in the computer. This makes their job handy.

As an architect designer, you have the ability to make enormous change to the physical view of the environment. According to Colin Haylock, Town Planner, Newcastle, he says, training in architecture excited my interest in the structure, workings and appearance of towns and cities. It left me well prepared to move into a specialist role in town planning which has allowed me to play a significant role in the revitalization of one of the country's major cities. This emphasizes that individuals graduating from this course plays an important role in giving life and making progress to the city they want to introduce change. Hence it is inescapable for graduates of Architectural Design to know the trends in their field to be up with the fast changes of progress.

Architectural design study takes about 7 years to finish which is divided into 3 stages; a student has to enroll in a 2 year program followed by 3 year professional degree program and finish it with a 4 year advance program. M.A and PhD are also offered for those who want to graduate with master’s degree. Tuition fee, commencement, admission and deadline vary on the institution.

For the years to come, Architectural Design course will be among those with profitable income. It might not be that lucrative for beginners but if your name is already stable money will easily reach your hands. Who knows you might be the next famous architectural designer of tomorrow.

Study Art Studies

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Art Studies is a branch of Humanities that deals with the history of art, as well as the theories regarding it and the basic concepts of the different techniques and styles of art employed by man.

This would be different from the study of Fine Arts since Art Studies is more concerned with the work of art itself and what it entails rather than the creation of art itself. Students majoring in this field would be required to observe different types of art, be it visual, auditory or both, studying these with regards to the long history of art-making.

Those majoring in Art Studies would also need to be familiar with art theories and the concepts surrounding them. One specialization of this particular field would be Art History, which is concerned with the particular methods men used in the past in creating art and their own architecture. Taking this course would allow the student to be able to understand better the evolution of art as they know it and also appreciate historical architecture and art in a different way than before.

On the other hand, time and history are not the only factors that affect the changing of art techniques. Art students are also given the chance to observe and study different art styles from countries all over the world. This would include everything from cave paintings of pre-historic man to aboriginal art to the Japanese anime style.

Appreciation is a key word in Art Studies, and those pursuing this course would also need to take subjects on the foundations of the visual form, which has to do with perspective, the different media that can be used in making art as well as color theories, which are, in fact, also required for Fine Arts students. This would enable art students to be able to analyze a work of art critically by being aware of the basics of art.

Some colleges also include graphic designs and the semiotics of images in the curriculum of Art Studies. Students of this particular discipline would specialize in web page designs or advertising concepts, studying these so that it would be easy to know what designs and ad campaigns would work best and enabling art students to give constructive criticism regarding publicity materials and web site designs. This specialization would be perfect for those who are interested in working for web site developers or advertising agencies.

On the other hand, those students who choose to specialize in Art History or Art Theory may find work as curators of art galleries and museums. Aside from this, there is always a great demand for art critics to write for magazines and educational folios. Of course, some of those studying art opt to remain in their colleges or universities to work as lecturers and professors to new generations of art students.

Study Art Studio

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Study Arts

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Do you think there is still beauty all around without art? Often times we see famous buildings, places and people who carries with them certain expression of art. It is indeed through art where the beauty comes into this world. The hanging garden of Babylon, Rice terraces of the Philippines, the great pyramid of Giza are just few of the wonders of the world which is a result of Art works. Paintings and other forms of art collections found in museums are likewise a result of art. This is what is impressive in studying Arts. Artists want to see their work featured in Guinness book of record, museums, and other publications which is a very powerful means of marketing your ideas and finished products.

Art is the reason why people are inspired in their life. Some work of arts awakens individual’s spirit to do something worthwhile with their life. This is especially so in people who do not have the self confidence and people who do not have ideas on what to do in life. Art gives expression and meaning to their lives. Through art people around the globe come to understand other people’s culture which unites us in any way possible. While art is to satisfy the urge of the artists, they also showcase the cultural background they are from.

Considering that there are so many forms of art, one has to select a specialization to venture into. This is to bring out the best in him. Although one can have as many but it is impossible to divide the attention to all of them. For example, one can have sculpture, painting, and drawing or in architecture as his focus.

Being an artist is a lucrative source of income. However, it depends on the area one has to be in. Photo manipulation as an artwork and other form of crafting and sculpture can be rewarding in terms of income. But an artist has to give his time and dedication as doing art entails meticulous work and skills. Conjointly, as an artist, one has to be locally and internationally abreast of what the people needs to see and buy. It is impossible then to locate oneself in a secluded area to work all alone but rather imperative for an artist to go out and see what is groovy in town. He has to join art shows, art expose, exhibits as well as attending seminars and researches to improve his art work and gain insights from other artists. Once an artist’s name is established in his realm of specialization, this can be a fulltime job especially if his product is hot in the industry.

Arts is offered in most colleges and universities around the globe. If you are gifted with it though, it is still important to undergo a formal education. Clients these days prefer artist with intensified skills from schools of arts. Besides that this will give you an edge over your competitors and the best thing in Arts is that it caters to all ages and gender.

Study Arts and Crafts

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Arts and crafts involve creating things using one’s own hands, artistry and skills. Some arts and crafts require a combination of time and expertise, as in the case of traditional ones. Traditional arts and crafts are usually handed down from generations to generations, as part of ensuring that certain customs are kept alive through the passing of time. There are, on the other hand, Arts and Crafts spawned by modern technology, with the production of durable and cheap raw materials, often providing for a more contemporary appeal.

Occurring in the last few years of the 19th century, Arts and Crafts first began as a movement. The movement aimed to bring back genuine and meaningful designs in handicrafts during the Industrial Revolution. The proponents of the movement believed in the importance and pleasure of creating artistic things by hand, and went against machine-assisted mass production.

Basic Arts and Crafts are usually taught in many community centers, oftentimes as local livelihood projects. In such cases, volunteers are provided with modules and hours, or even days, of training under the wing of a skilled arts and crafts maker. Those attending such workshops are also given lessons on effective marketing strategies for profitability of their learned livelihood. There are also schools making Arts and Crafts part of the students’ curriculum.

Training for Arts and Crafts serves many functions. As earlier mentioned, one is for a potentially good source of income. A housewife or any one who does not mind self employment may try his or her hands at making arts and crafts, starting out with a small number of items that can be produced right at home. For some people, Arts and Crafts provide a great outlet in making use of their creativity, as well an effective means of distressing after a long, tiring day at work or looking after the kids.

Basically, Arts and Crafts may be sorted according to the materials used, as well as their functions. For instance, there are arts and crafts involving fabric as the main component in their creation. Cross-stitching, embroidery, knitting, needlepoint, quilting, tapestry making, weaving, shirt designing and others are examples of arts and crafts using fabric.

Art and Crafts involving the use of paper or canvas include bookbinding, collage making, greeting card making, paper texturing or marbling, rubber stamping, découpaging and scrap booking. There are also traditional ones popular all over the world such as origami, papier-mâché, calligraphy, teabag folding and many others. Metal and precious stones are used in jewelry making, although clay, glass and plastic materials may also be used, as in plastic or beaded jewelry items.

Plant materials are used for basket weaving, flower arrangement, and pressed flowers. Others are initiated by the fabrication of newer materials used such as in balloon making, glass staining or polymer clay sculpturing. Some Arts and Crafts make for great decorations such as picture frames, rugs and glass sculptures, while others make for functional items, such as photo albums, jewelry boxes and organizers.

Study Carpet Design

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The term “red carpet” is now synonymous to “prestige.” The most prestigious awards in the world are given in occasions that are held in world famous venues. What usually connotes a prestigious and elite venue? Carpet! This is why we often hear “red carpet premier,” “red carpet celebration,” and the phrase “only the greatest ones walk down the red carpet,” etc. Turkey is famous for its glamorous carpet designs.

Carpet has been known to promote the compelling visual appeal of a place. Even in private residences, floor is considered to be one of the most important interior elements that can make or break the total appeal of the house. Although carpet is usually associated with floors, it is also widely used in walls and upholstery.

There are general types of Carpet Design. The one that uses vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines in repetition to create a form is called the “geometric design.” “Floral design,” on the other hand, is the one that makes use of flower, petals, and leaves. This is one of the earliest types and is known to express nature, love, femininity, and romance. The design of a carpet can mirror the culture of the place. Tribal groups design their carpets with tribal theme to signify the point of origin. “Abstract design” is the one that expresses free flowing ideas through whatever shape, color, or concept to create a design that may be easily or not-so-easily distinguished by its viewers.

Carpet Design is mostly a personalized service. Designers are usually contracted to come up with carpets or carpet designs that would match the place in terms of theme, environment, occasion, motif, and existing set of furniture and paint. This is why Carpet Design courses also include units in interior design to be capable of ending up with perfect blend. In the case of designers who are contracted for specialized or personalized designs, the proprietary right is transferred to the customer after payment or endorsement. That is, the designer can no longer sell the same design to other customers. This is part of the price package. Hotels and other elegant establishments usually contract famous carpet designers to create a unique design for them, and the carpet, in this case, is usually handmade – emphasizing the work of a designer in a piece of art. Carpets that are made for commercial or bulk market distribution, on the other hand, are usually machine-made. Apart from the speed in doing this as compared to handmade, it also paves the way for precise uniformity of design from one piece to another.

Designing a carpet can be done in two ways. This can be done from mind directly to the carpet material, especially in the case of handmade carpets. Another way is to have the design in a cartoon, either via manual drawing or with the use of today’s available design tools, like AutoCADD. A cartoon is a paper where the design is drawn. In the latter approach, the one who does the design does not necessarily have to be the one to actually do the weaving.

There are competitions for handmade Carpet Design. The 4th Carpet Design Awards (CDA), for instance, shelled out 10,000 Euros worth of prizes in this year’s competition, with the aim of recognizing talents in the industry, who were able to please the jury with the creativity, uniqueness, quality, and fashion of their handmade carpets.

The talent and skills in Carpet Design can be learned in schools offering carpet design courses. This field is, in a way, related to textile design – but different specialization. Carpet Design programs include understanding the interior design, theme, occasion, people, culture, and environment. One must also learn to embrace the aid of technology in the general design industry. The use of computer-aided design systems helps designers to come up with precise, easily editable, and fast design.

Study Ceramics

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Ceramic is one type of non-metallic solid that is formed through heating and cooling. It encompasses all materials that come from either naturally occurring non-metallic quarry resources (e.g., clay and silica) or from modern synthetic materials, like oxides (i.e., alumina, zirconia) or non-oxides (e.g., carbides, borides, and nitrides). Ceramic is inorganic, inert, resilient in wet environments, rust-proof, lightweight, hard, resistant to very high temperature, very strong in compression, weak in tension, chemically-resistant, has non-electric conducting properties, and is often crystalline. These are some of the major positive attributes of ceramics that make it a perfect partner for metals and alloys in coming up with products of high quality. On the other hand, ceramic is brittle, relatively expensive, requires high-technology processes, and susceptible to being ruined when subject to heavy loads. These drawbacks are what metals and alloys offset.

Ceramic industry is regarded as one of the oldest forms of arts known to mankind - it was used in sculpture and artistic pottery. Nowadays, Ceramic is used in a far wider range of industries, such as civil construction (roof tiles, bricks, knives, pipes, etc.), domestic (tableware, decorative materials, sanitary ware, kitchen ware, etc.), military or defense (armoured vests, parts of military airplanes, parts of armor vessels, ballistic projections, missile cones, etc.), automobile (ceramic engine, jet engine turbine blades), healthcare and synthetics (denture, synthetic bones, and other orthopaedic materials), and even in the world of semiconductors (transistors). Evolution in ceramic technology is fast-faced. It is almost unbelievable how ceramic industry has reached its present state from where it started decades ago.

It was during 1950s when engineers and scientists started to be at the hype of research in making metals/alloys and ceramic meet in the middle. In the United States, research and training programs about ceramics were funded by the government in 1980s in view of seeing its potential not just in terms of commercial marketability but in terms of coming up with products that would otherwise be unimaginable. The continuous growth of ceramic industry relies on discovery of new and more market opportunities and this is where research comes in.

Nowadays, firms in these industries are in continuous search for ceramic engineers to drive the further innovation and advances in this field. Due to insistent demands from different industries, many colleges and universities now offer Ceramic Engineering and Science courses, where techniques and theoretical knowledge about ceramic processes are discussed. Ceramic technology is also highly discussed in Materials Science, Material Engineering, and Metallurgical Engineering degree programs. These training grounds open a door for graduates to be an integral part (as researcher, as process engineer, as inventor, or as industry leader) of multidisciplinary, high-end engineering sectors, where material engineering is very critical. Ceramic industry requires very strong background and founding knowledge of the ceramic science and engineering. Despite the high demand, it was unfortunate that in the United States, there is relatively low enrolment in degree programs in Ceramics. One reason may be the lack of awareness of High School graduates on what this field offers them.

The Ceramic industry has the commitment to produce highly-efficient and high-performance products in any industry possible. It takes someone with deep interest in engineering, science, and innovation to succeed in this field where possibilities are unlimited and great career is close to certain.

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Study Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage

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Study Costume Design

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Study Creative Arts

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Remember the English rock band Beatles and the icon of martial arts cinema in the person of Bruce Lee? As a group, the Beatles was the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed in the history of popular music, while Bruce Lee was a key figure of modern popular visual culture. Popular music and visual culture are among the subject areas in the study of Creative Arts.

Authorities say that Creative Arts refers to multi-disciplinary forms of creative expression, or to the study of creating and performing works of art, music, dance and drama. This includes the communication of messages in various forms of media.

In many institutions of higher learning, Creative Arts as a program of study is offered under a separate department or college that awards certificates, and both baccalaureate and Master’s degrees to students upon completion of the course. The most common areas of study in the program include Art History, Graphic Design and Illustration, Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking, Film and Media, Music, Visual Arts, Cartooning, Drama, Performing Arts, Animation and Fine Arts. A university catering solely to the creative arts offers courses in Advertising, Computer Games and Digital Art, Architecture and Interior Design, Design for Theater, Performance and Events, Journalism, Broadcasting and Music Production, Marketing and Management, Photography and Media Arts.

A major of Art History enables students to study the objects considered to be art in various times and cultures, and takes them to the field of Popular Music Techniques where the Beatles excelled in the 1960s, or to the Asian Visual Cultures up to, and beyond the time of legendary Chinese-American actor and martial arts luminary Bruce Lee. The other courses of study include Music in the Digital Age, Electronic Music, Music in Film and Television, Creative Thought and Practice, and Reflection of Creative Practice. All these programs are designed to provide students with opportunities to gain professional skills needed for various Creative Arts careers.

The aims of Creative Arts programs do not differ much from one institution to another. Such programs agree not only on preparing students to become innovative thinkers and skilled communicators but to introduce them as well to the interpretation of creative works and develop in them an understanding of creativity that can create good art essential in enriching the lives, strengthening certain communities and improving the health and welfare of the people in such communities.

Since creativity knows no limit, there is also no limit to job opportunities for graduates of Creative Arts programs. Surveys by some Creative Arts schools have indicated that their graduates easily land high-paying jobs in publishing and editing, writing, arts criticism, scriptwriting, government departments, film and multi-media production houses, theater companies, arts and cultural industry publishers, schools, museums, galleries, libraries, cinemas, and television and radio networks. They can also work as advertising or account manager in an advertising company, animator, architect, computer games designer, exhibition designer, filmmaker, producer or director, graphic or interior designer, illustrator, tri-media journalist, photographer, theater and film set designer, and many other arts-related jobs.

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Study Dance

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Since time immemorial, people have been using their bodies in order to express themselves. And until today, dancing is still a popular recreational activity. People do it in parties, by groups, in pairs and even when they’re alone. Sometimes, all it takes for a person to start dancing is to hear music. Although there isn’t much evidence about primitive people dancing, it is known that dance was incorporated in rituals, ceremonies and probably just for the sake of entertainment. It’s safe to say that people love to dance; or if they don’t, they know how to appreciate good footwork on the dance floor. Dance is an art form that is appreciated by many but can only be successfully done by some. So what can be considered as dance and what isn’t? Before, people argued that dance, like the visual arts, could only be considered as such if the movements portrayed are elegant and beautiful – much like ballet dancing. But now, any kind of movement that is meant to express or portray a particular emotion or scene is considered as dancing. Complex martial arts are considered as dancing, much like how seemingly inanimate objects like leaves can be designated to have the ability to dance.

People nowadays are more open-minded when it comes to the arts. Before, wild movements cannot be called “real dancing”. Pretty much like how paintings that were “ugly” were not really considered as “real art”. But now, like the visual arts, as long as a person makes use of his or her body in order to express something, then it is dancing.

As the years went by, different dancing styles have been created. All generations claim particular dance moves as their own, much like how all countries proclaim some dances as the byproduct of their culture, thus naming it their National Dances. Many dancing styles that were popular before, like ballet and ballroom dancing are still practiced today. But dancing is very dependent on music. That’s why classical music is usually partnered with ballet while rap or hip-hop music with street dancing. The rhythm of the music determines what kinds of movements were produced, so, if there’s dancing it’s usually accompanied by music.

Although dancing is a form of entertainment, it is also associated with rituals and other kinds of social setting. Some even go as far as studying and making a living out of it. The dancing styles may be different but they all have a common denominator; that is, if the dancer is skillful, the steps will be inspiring and entertaining; at the same time, no injuries will ensue. Many professional dancers even make the steps look fairly easy. But when an amateur tries it, surely they will not be able to copy it. And a dancer can only successfully deliver if he/she has been trained well or has an innate talent. Surely, it will take a different kind of discipline and a strong personality in order to master dance and be considered a great dancer.

Job positions for Dance:

Dance Teacher-Instructor

Many people say that knowledge, or in this case, skills should be shared with other people. Dance instructors usually start out as dancers first and then hone their skills by undergoing rigorous training, competing in dance contests and so on. But sometimes, dancing can prove to be a very difficult career and even though many dancers want to keep on performing on stage for as long as they can, it is inevitable that they must move on to another career path when they reach a certain age or stage in life. Although there are actually people out there who train just so they can gain the right to be teachers in their own right. A dance instructor could also start out as a choreographer and somewhere along the lines decided to focus more on the teaching aspect. Dance instructors could also be an equal mix of both dancer and choreographer.

A dance instructor requires skills that are more people-oriented rather than just focusing on their technical abilities. In order to be an effective teacher, one must be willing to teach students from all walks of life and more importantly, is really interested in teaching dance to other people. The skills required of an instructor are different from that of a dancer or choreographer. A dancer focuses on improving himself/herself and at the same time knowing how to be able to work in groups while a choreographer focuses more on the creative aspect – making up dance moves and combining steps. A dance teacher on the other hand should have a combination of all those skills. They should be creative, people-oriented and most importantly, can teach other people effectively the skills that they’ve acquired.

A dance instructor has more career choices than that of a dancer and they have more freedom when it comes to choosing what they want to focus on. They can choose to prioritize a specific dance style like contemporary dance or ballet. They can establish their own dance studio or work for private schools or organizations. Most dance teachers who work for private institutions usually studied the specific dance style and had enough experience utilizing that particular style. A teaching post is usually best acquired when one has acquired a lot of experiences already. Usually, ten years of experience is a good number.

Dance instructors can be self-taught or schooled. But when it comes to institutions or schools looking for dance teachers, they choose those who have not only acquired enough experience but has a graduate degree as well.

The salary of a dance instructor depends on their employer (or lack thereof – which could mean that they’re doing freelance teaching) and how long have they’ve been in the business. A dance instructor’s salary is usually higher than that of a dancer simply because of the fact that they’ve been in the business longer and they’ve already established a name for themselves. A dance instructor’s life is less hard than that of a dancer’s because they have more control of their time and so on.

Professional Dancer

Dancing is very enjoyable to both do and watch. Many people like to dance occasionally when they are in a social setting, like in parties and such. But it takes a different kind of person altogether to be able to dance day in and day out and never tire of it. If you possess a remarkable ability to control your movements; are not afraid to take risks and is willing to undergo hard physical training and presumably suffer from injuries every now and then, then a career in dancing may be in the horizon. People who are passionate when it comes to expressing themselves through their movements can have a career in dancing. But in order to be a dancer, one must have perseverance, patience, passion and of course the ability to work well under pressure.

A dancer’s world is tough and even the best don’t make it in the cutthroat world of dancing. The ability to dance excellently isn’t the only determining factor when you want to become a professional – although it does help. There are lots of skills needed in order to make it in the business. First, one must know how to solve problems creatively and think critically. A sluggish mind and good dancing skills is not a good combination. One must be attuned to other people and work well in groups because most professional dancers perform in groups, although some well-known dancers perform on their own. Other skills needed include the ability to make use of criticism (constructive or not), relate to different kinds of people and most importantly, should be able to meet deadlines and work under extreme pressure.

Professional dancers usually start out young and are constantly training. After getting an undergraduate degree in dancing, one can go on and get a graduate degree. Two of the more well-known graduate degrees are Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts. The former is mainly concerned with the “behind-the-scenes” of dancing, dealing with mainly research work and academic learning. While the latter is more hands on and focuses on the dancing part itself. Although a graduate degree isn’t necessary, it will definitely be useful if one wants to further his/her career or teach in universities and such. Dancers can work for schools, touring dance companies, amusement parks and of course, in TV/Film. A dancer’s salary depends on the employer, country (or city) and of course, number of experience. Someone who’s working for a company and has more than five years experience will more or less have a salary of about US$45,000 in the US and EU countries. Not everyone can earn as much but it can be supplemented by working as a dance teacher. Or their training could pay off – in the literal sense of the word – by joining dance contests.

Truly, a dancer’s life is tough but it is rewarding. They get to travel, meet interesting folks and do what they love best. The road ahead for a dancer is full of problems and possibly bruises, but, in the end, it’s all worth it.

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Since the society is an ever changing environment to live in, the lifestyle of people is amazingly follows to change too. Nowadays, we live in a style of design profession. If you read magazines, newspapers, and other reading materials these days, you will be stunned to see nifty stuffs created by designers. Is it not thrilling to see their revolutionary beautiful innovations even if it is only on papers? Indeed, it is fantastic to be circled with aesthetically minded designers. They make the world a better place to live in (Michael Jackson).

A course in Design is a combination of various studies. It is remarkable for its multiplicity. It could be in Art, Graphics, Textile, Interior designing, Ceramics, Jewelry and many more. For this reason, jobs and duties can greatly vary but fairly close wherever you are in any part of the globe.

With the burgeoning presence of designers all over the world, it is very important to make a name in the business. To start with, one has to have a bachelor’s degree even if you are innately an artist. Registering your talent formally in universities makes a difference in your resume. What is good in the study of Design is that it will take only a short period of time as compared to other courses taking years of their studies. Although those who want to broaden their knowledge and skills can take masters degree. Schools are located all over the world for this course. Trainings and experiences also can boost your personality and confidence making your job looks more professional. Usually clients looking for designers prefer those educated and seasoned in the area of expertise. One way to get you started is to show case your portfolios during exhibits for critiquing.

What differentiates a Designer from others? For sure it is her versatility, creativeness and her uniqueness. However, in creating designs, it is important to be on current trends not to be left out of what is in. Equally crucial too is that a designer who innovates with flexibility can come up with elegant styles and can be on top of his game. For instance, designers who mold beauty pageant contestants into a glamorous beauty can stand out among the rests especially so if her attire goes with the metaphor of the occasion. Beauty aspirants cannot come out stunningly beautiful without designers to project them into such that is why audience always enjoys beauty pageants of any sort. The same holds true to prominent people in the society who are dressed well with all the matching accessories. This is in fashion designing alone. A designer can still belt it out in other areas.

Opportunities in this field are also robust. It all depends though in the field one selects to excel into. You can be self employed to operate your business or can be an employee of big companies. However, one should always remember that in every field of endeavor, one has to start from the base or small. Maybe for the first years of work or operation, earnings might just be even. Although, once your work or business is established its income would not only be promising but also gives a self fulfillment as a designer.

Design Studies is a course of learning that concerns creating form and function of object intended to serve its purpose and also gives pleasure to the eyes as well. Design involves making products, machines, and structures.

Examples of designs are: 1. Architecture, Computer-Aided Design (Design of buildings); 2. Book Trade, Editorial and Production Process, Industrial Design (Design of manufactured products,); 3. Graphic Design (Type, Drawing, Illustration, Book Trade, Editorial and Production Process); 4. Engineering (Designing mechanical, electrical, electrical, chemical, and other devices and processes); 5. Designing golf courses; 6. Bioengineering (Applying design to medicine); 7. Theater Design; and 8. Design of automobiles.

Some other designs are categorized as follows: Book and document design for printed materials, fashion design clothes and style design, industrial design manufacturing and trade design, interior decoration scheme, landscape design topograpahy planning, motion-picture design movie and film design, stage design theater design (dance productions dance ensemble production, lighting design lighting plan, theater stage), topography, frame design (decorative art) decorative art (frame designing), intelligent design, garden and landscape design, furniture design, and design programming.

Design Studies offers students some specialized programs recognized and granted by state colleges and universities not only in one particular country but elsewhere abroad. Many of the design schools grant courses in short duration. This is because of time and budgetary reasons given in favor of the students.

Syllabus in schools of design studies are converged on realistic approach (based particularly on experience and familiarity), and on industry (employment pursuit). Courses offered are: Intercommunication Plan, Hypermedia Plan, Clothes Designing, Visual Art Design, Room or Scene Design, Consumer Products Conceptualization. There are options for students to choose from. These are the remarkable programs of Auxiliary and Footwear Design, Cybernetic Design, Gastronomic Design, Acoustic Planning, Scheme for Illumination and Light, Design for Electronic or Computerized Game, Stage Design, Sailboat Inside Plan, Articles of Furniture for Bathroom, Magnificent Goods or Scientific and Athletic Wear Design.

During the study flow, the students are urged to attend to occasions that concern Fashion Promotion or Brand Management, Merchandising, and Fashion Business. For students from non-English speaking countries should have the ability to speak the English language as it is the language used in USA, England, and Australia. After the Design Studies, the graduate has earned his degree: the Associates Degree in the course he has taken (example: Associates Degree in Graphic Arts), or if has furthered his education, has acquired the two-year complete course with a Bachelors Degree (example: Bachelor in Multimedia and Communication Design).

All over the world are schools where students can pursue the career in the field they have engaged in. In Europe are found such noted institutions: Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Florence Design Academy, Parsons Paris, Studio Art Centers International, and University of Art and Design. There is also the University of New South Wales in Australia; the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand; in the Pacific region is Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the Nagoya Zokei University of Japan. In England are the famous schools: Surrey Institute of Art and Design, London Institute, and the Central St. Martins College of Art & Design. In the Scandinavia is the International Study Program, and the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven; the Design Academy in The Netherlands; and in the US, the Ecosa Institute, and many more.

The graduate can ingress in his field and have a job in advertising and public relations (culture, politics, or business); graphic designer for print media, or in the mass media industry (television, radio, newspapers, magazines, broadcasting, photography); communication and telecommunications plan (broadcasting, radio, telephone, postal system, data lines, email, television, video conferencing, satellite, network); asset commodities (machines and equipment); and asset merchandise (heavy goods, vehicles, cars, airplanes, ships, and others).

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If there’s a person who can pretend to be anyone, or someone, that would be the dramatists or artists. Today, drama is commonly seen on shows aired in different channels via television.

Drama came from the greek word “action.” Through its presentations it can make audiences laugh, cry, feel entertained, or shocked. The aim of this art was to afflict its audience emotionally, through enacting a literary piece into life.

Formerly, this art was performed by thespians in a stage, while audiences sit back and watch them perform. Such drama performances are a mixture of both production and literary skills. In its early years, dramas came from novels, or books that were read on by audiences --that was later on put into acting to give it a touch of realism.

Two major forms of Drama were Tragedies and Comedies. Best dramas of the early Modern Era, was Hamlet (1601) by Shakespeare and Oedipus the King by Sophocles. Through lyrical or poetic approach of story writing, the said drama touched the commoners of that time, about the resentful life of royalties.

Today, dramas are commonly seen and heard in television soap operas, films, or radio dramas. Media played a role on the popularity of drama, and scriptwriters became the new fad; teaming up with literary writers.

Scriptwriters make each scene fit for a show, while removing the traditional way of writing, and shifting to a more natural one. After finalizing the scripts it will be sent to a director who would, sort the scenes for revision.

Then it will be forwarded to Cinematographers; Radio Editors; or Theater directors who will layout proper positioning, placement or blocking on presentations.

Students who would want to take this major should have an interest in writing, acting singing, and dancing. Studying drama can help students improve their improvisation skills and understanding of the society’s values.

This also enhances teamwork and participation. Building rapport or bonding helps students explore relationships with their classmates on and off stage, and is sure to gain you lots of friends in the campus.

In classes, expect more play making. All students are obliged to join or participate in both stage and backstage tasks.

Studying drama doesn’t just improve your knowledge about the craft, but has personal benefits too. Learning this craft enhances interpersonal skills and self-confidence. Being in this field will make you mindful about your physique; as you will be facing lots of people-- that help students overcome their shyness.

Aside from improving self-esteem, studying this major will help students understand culture, and racial differences more. Students will become more aware of ethics, and they will know what is morally correct and incorrect through several activities and lessons, that makes students familiar on both western and oriental dramas.

Career opportunities for students who aim to take the Drama Studies Major, are theater actor/actress, Dramatist, Radio Drama talents, Scriptwriters, Theater Directors, and other backstage and on stage related works that involves set designing, props making, and even styling of actors/actresses, to follow a certain theme set for the performance.

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Fashion refers to the vogue, styles and way of life at a particular age group. The term “fashion” in its most usual usage illustrates the looks or forms of clothing. It is also used in an affirmative meaning and the equivalent words for fashion are beauty, style, and glamour. In that case, fashions are a kind of collective art in which a society scrutinize its concepts of goodness and beauty.

The following are cities where designers display their new garments collections to spectators: London, Milan, New York and Paris. The said cities are known for its fashion weeks and famous as international fashion centers. Other cities that also have fashion weeks and recognized for its improvement yearly include Amsterdam, Auckland, Barcelona, Berlin, Dubai, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Madrid, Miami, Montreal, Moscow, Mumbai, New Delhi, Rome, São Paulo, San Juan, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Turin and Vienna.

Fashion as a public trend is usual. It has been recognized in particular field such as body types (cosmetics, costume or clothing, personal grooming, personal trimming and hairstyle), entertainment (games, sports and other hobbies), hospitality business (designer made uniforms for casino, hotel, club, restaurants in order to reveal a product), music and dance, arts and crafts, architecture (landscape and interior design), management styles, politics and media, social network, technology and etiquette. Among these fields, the most associated in the public eye is the clothing. Marie Antoinette is the fashion public icon in the 18th century and Princess Diana in the 20th century.

Fashions may change into a large extent within a society pertaining to social class, profession, generation, age and geography. The word “fashionista” refers to a person who absolutely follows the latest fashions. Recessionista is a mixture of the terms recession and fashionista. Recessionista is a new word that derived from United States of America all through the financial problems of 2008, which perhaps refer to someone who make an effort to stay fashionable on a smallest amount of budget.

Fashion journalism is a significant part of fashion. The editorial assesses critically and comments can be obtained on television, social networks, newspapers, magazines, fashion websites and fashion blogs. Fashion magazines in the early 20th century start to encompass photographs and turn out to be more dominant than in the earlier period. These magazines had a deep effect on public taste and absolutely recognized all over the world. The artistic illustrators prepare a lovely fashion plate for the magazines which covered the latest developments in exquisiteness and fashion. La Gazette du Bon Ton was probably the most recognized which was found by Lucien Vogel in 1912 and consistently published until 1925. In United States, Vogue is the most successful and the oldest running fashion magazine which was found in 1902.

Television exposure started in the 1950s by a small portion of fashion features. The fashion segments on a variety of entertainment shows turn into more frequent in 1960s and fashion shows began to come out in 1980s. In spite of television and rising internet exposure, press coverage is still the most significant form of advertising in the fashion industry.

Other fashion profession opportunities include fashion writers and editors (media outlets such as magazines, web sites and newspapers), fashion illustrator, stylist and photographer, graphic designer (employed by fashion magazine, advertising agency and graphic design firm), fashion coordinator (magazines, department stores, design houses and organizing fashion parades), fashion public relation specialist (advertising or media coverage), fashion model, costume designer (employed by film, TV and theater productions), personal stylish (private clients and department stores), fashion buyer or merchandiser (booked by boutiques, salons, department stores and import/export firms), visual merchandiser (working in areas where the accessories and clothes are promoted and displayed), retail merchandiser (employed by department and retail store) and fashion sales representative.

Job positions for Fashion:

Fashion Photographer

A Fashion Photographer is a person who takes the creative mode and latest photos including videos to show off accessories, outfits, hairstyles, make-up and other shopper products. The photos are utilized to promote the product which appears in company brochures, newspapers, magazines, mail order catalogues, travel brochures, flyers, posters and websites. Fashion photography is considered as one of the high profile areas of photography. In that case, it requires upper level of organizational skills as work engages in hiring or selecting models and staff for the photo shoot, arranging sets and location. A Fashion Photographer can expect traveling around whether local or international trips and the possibility to socialize with famous celebrities, not too bad as additional benefits for this career.
The typical tasks of fashion photographer include developing good rapport with models, assisting models to relax while in front of camera to attain the best potential poses and photos, and look for best places or locations to conduct the shoot. The job also requires long working hours and skills in maximizing budget allocation.

Fashion Photographers usually get an update or details from the fashion editor or art director with regards to project requirements desire by the client. Then they discuss concerning the background scene, style, size of photos and other details. It is important for photographers to build up an easy working rapport with fashion editors or art directors and to be able to convince people to work as a team in order to obtain the shots they desire or as required by the client.

The personal traits and skills that are needed for Fashion Photographers include the artistic and originative expression, in-depth knowledge of the technical and visual looks of photography, as well as composition, camera and darkroom procedures, lighting, and particular features of paper and films. Other individual traits that requires include networking skills, good business and social abilities to converse with models and impart your ideas, aptitude to promote or encourage oneself, familiarity of latest mode in both fashion and photography industry and know how to deal with pressure due to deadlines.

Training and formal education are not necessary for Fashion Photographer. Though, holding a degree in Art or Photography is a plus point and useful for acquiring the first job. Experience of or assignment in fashion design and marketing is an advantage. Some of the well-known fashion photographers are Michael Thompson, Mario Testino, Mario Sorrenti, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Patrick Demarchelier and Richard Avedon.

The career paths for fashion photographer are Director of Photography, Photo Editor, Photographer's Assistant and Staff/Freelance Photographer. Some Fashion Photographer prefers to be a freelance. Others establish their own work place or studio apartment and work with famous fashion clients. They are in charge in finding their own projects and clients. They are also responsible in estimating the entire expenses of the fashion shoots which demand the necessary clothing and accessories. Others start as a trainee and assistant as a stepping stone to achieve the full-time staff positions.

Fashion Editor

Fashion editors oversee the procedure of creating, developing and showing subject matter for fashion particularly in television shows, websites, magazines, newspaper segments and photo shoots. Editors may specialize in clothing, make-up, accessories, etc. They also supervise the stylists, market work and prop-closet inventory. Life of a fashion editor also required traveling around, whether local or international trips to update with the newest or most modern fashion trends and considered that as an additional benefit to the job. Working with famous fashion models and designer is another additional bonus for this job.

Fashion editor-in-chief is in-charge for deciding the imaginative influence and trend to pursue by their units in a given period or upcoming issues. Some of the well-known fashion editor-in-chiefs are Robbie Myers, which is connected in Elle Magazine; Cindi Leive works in Glamour Magazine, and Anna Wintour of Vogue Magazine.

Some fashion editors prefer to be freelance. They are responsible in finding their own projects and customers. The fashion editor works on a contract or project basis and estimate the entire expenses of the fashion shoots, which involve the necessary accessories and clothing. And others prefer to be in-house fashion editor who works in online publication, magazine and newspaper. The qualities needed for in-house-editor are personal style, fashionistas and confident that they will be successful in this kind of career. They usually employed in a publication or organization and regularly work from 9 to 5, which offer a weekly salary and benefits.

There are several markets in which potential editors may search occupation including but not restricted to television show, fashion sections of news, fashion magazines, lifestyle and entertainment magazines, website, newspaper, and so on. Expansion in any of these fields signifies an increased demand for skilled or qualified editors and writers.

The way of thinking of a fashion editor must be artistic, hardworking and eager to start at the lower position and take possibility or chance as they proceed. Once you acquired the said qualities the opportunities for improvement become more obtainable. The personal skills that are needed for a fashion editor include the expertise in fashion industry trends, ability in journalistic with the aptitude to communicate professionally, interpersonal, planning and management ability, ardor for fashion, and able to work under pressure due to deadlines. The career paths for fashion editors are Editor-in-Chief, Senior Editor, Editor and Associate Editor. Salary of most fashion designers ranges from $30,000 to $100,000.

The required education for fashion editor is a 4 year bachelor’s degree in Journalism or Fashion Design & Merchandising. A degree in Liberal Arts with the necessary assignment is also a good alternative.

Fashion Designer

Fashion design is a challenging career, which includes long hours of work and traveling around is part of the profession. Fashion designers create new ideas with regards to attire and accessories designs. They usually concentrate in specific areas of outfits for kids, men, women, bridal, maternity, sport swear. Individual designer usually works in line with maternity outfits, baby clothes, pants, t-shirts and evening dresses in bigger fashion houses.

They also study the fashion trends and work with marketing, production and sales departments to create and advertise a finished product for clothing manufacturers, individual clients, and boutique or retail stores. Some people who work closely to the fashion designers are patternmakers to produce original fabrics and trimmings, fashion merchandisers to launch the product, and production managers who supervise the design, marketing and distribution and the actual making of the fashion line.

The attitude of a fashion designer must stay strong and patient as customers continually search for new fashion and styles. They demand to design, develop and create unusual ideas. At present, more clothes and accessories are required to produce due to population growth. A great chance will be addressed by clothing wholesale companies and huge number of market design firms. To be a successful in this kind of profession you must have a sufficient talent, patience and determination. As with numerous preferred careers, anticipate long hours in the start and be ready for seasonal slowdowns.

The required education for fashion designer is a 4-year college degree or at least 2 years in Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Design or any associated field is an optional. The better way to begin in building up a fashion role breaking into the business of fashion design is to attain a degree.

Globally, there are several famous fashion design schools. Some notable fashion schools in London include Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, The Royal College of Arts and London College of Fashion. Other famous fashion design schools include Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons The New School for Design (New York), Drexel University and Moore College (Philadelphia), and The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (Los Angeles).

The individual features and skills that are needed for fashion designers include the ability to distinguish colors and expert textile quality; capability for creative expression, drawing, sewing and sketching skills; computer literate particularly in computer assisted design (CAD), expertise in manufacturing and production procedure, familiarity of fashion trends, and know how to deal with pressure due to deadlines. The career paths for fashion designer are Fashion Director, Associate Designer and Assistant Designer. Salary of most fashion designers ranges from $14,400 to $100,000.

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Art is the expression of one’s soul. It is the mirror of someone’s feelings, thoughts, intentions, and dreams. Fine Arts is a branch of Arts that allows such expressions through painting, photography, cartooning, sketching, sculpting, drawing, and even architecture. There are various genres a fine artist may work on - it can be realistic; it can be abstract. There are also a number of themes to choose from – nature, people, objects, symbolism, etc. Fine artists usually take a specialization in terms of materials to use (e.g., some painters specialize in charcoal, while others in oil); in terms of genre (e.g., some are into realistic pieces, while others are inclined to abstracts and concepts); and in terms of theme (e.g., some specialize in having nature as object, while some specialize in people). Originality of artwork is paramount important in Fine Arts. The Monalisa, for instance, will always be known as Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece - even if hundred other painters reproduce it for commercial or whatever purpose. Artists sign their work as a symbol of authoring the piece.

The works of fine artists are seen in museums and art galleries, institutions, and in collections of private individuals. Some artworks are done per request of clients; while some are done by artists without prior order then they just sell it to museums and collectors once done. Due to very steep competition and a large number of fine artists, some of them tend to have full-time jobs in field outside the Fine Arts industry and keep fine arts as hobby or freelance job. Majority of fine artists are self-employed or freelancers. There are those who have it full-time by being an entrepreneur in this field – those who own art studios. Other artists who are into full-time job as fine artists are employed by publishing companies, cartoon design companies, and advertising agencies. In applying for jobs in other professions, it is important to have a comprehensive resume. In applying for fine arts jobs, on the other hand, it is important for fine artists to keep portfolio of their artworks as proof of capability. Portfolios, nowadays, are usually online. Many artists create websites to advertise their work.

Major universities and colleges around the world offer bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. While it is true that this field requires innate talent and creativity, formal education plays an important role in making Fine Arts a career (for beginners, for instance, companies look for official background or training of applicants). This degree program focuses more heavily on hands-on work in art studios than on classroom education and lectures (this makes Fine Arts courses relatively expensive than other degree programs). Courses also include knowledge in using graphic software for the students to be updated with today’s trend in Fine Arts. Depending on the extent of specialization, training and certification programs in this field may range from 1 to 5 years.

In this computer age, demands for artists who can work on computer-aided designs and with knowledge of different graphic software and techniques in coming up with arts are continuously increasing. This is especially true for cartoonists who are very in-demand nowadays, where cartoon stories are not only seen on televisions and comic books but even on cinemas. The immersion of graphic and design software leads to fewer opportunities for classical or manual fine arts methods; and this makes it imperative for every classical fine artist to find effort in equipping themselves with the latest in technological advancement. It cannot be denied, though, that for those who have established names in this profession, their classic or manual way of coming up with an artwork still produces masterpieces that are treasured by collectors, hobbyist, institutions, and museums. There are endless possibilities in Fine Arts industry. One just has to be flexible as to where the trend leads.

Some encyclopaedias would define Fine Arts as any form of art created for presentation of concepts than utility. Nevertheless, a piece of art is created to inspire individuals, and this is one noble thing every artist gets to contribute to mankind. Artwork is forever – its effect to individuals is forever. With that alone, the purpose of one piece of art is already served.

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Included in several disciplines under the larger umbrella ARTS is Furniture Design. It is about creating new and unique looks, function, and overall appearance in furniture. Furniture Design requires a wide range of skills, such as architectural design, interior design, fashion, and carpentry. The designer should also be an active researcher himself to be informed of the latest in the industry. Attending trade shows and furniture exhibits and doing cross-country visits are some ways to facilitate the needed research. As opposed to what some might expect, designing furniture does not only take into account the aesthetic aspect of the product. Equally important, the designer should ensure the furniture’s usability and practicability (in terms of function, cost, and space consideration), its applicability in the theme (of occasion) or culture of its users, its strength and flexibility, its simplicity, and designer’s sense of creativity and innovation. Technical knowledge about strength, quality, and availability of materials is just as important. Today’s Furniture Design can be made through the help of computer-aided design software and other technological breakthroughs.

Some of the most used and popular furniture that come in various designs include benches, storage chest, book shelves, display cabinets, chairs, dresser, cradle, desk, home bar, tables, sofa, bed, and couch. Furniture materials include metals, wood, ceramic, gold, silver, bronze, and marbles among others. Top-class and signature designs are also highly marketable both in domestic and foreign markets.

Furniture designers are contracted as designer who should come up with designs which will be used either in mass production (as in the case of commercial furniture lines and companies) or in limited production (as in the case of individuals, families, museums, and institutions who want to have designs exclusive for their use); as furniture fabricator who will do the actual production of furniture given the design; as consultant or manager in furniture manufacturing firm; or as researcher (the ones employed by commercial furniture companies to work on continuous research and come up with new and trendy designs exclusive for the company). There are many furniture designers who go for freelance jobs. There are also those who pursue entrepreneurship in the line of Furniture Design and manufacturing. For those who pursue entrepreneurship, aside from the creative and technical skills required of the field, he also needs to consider garnering skills about marketing and sales of his designs or products and financial management of the business in general.

Salary of furniture designers depend highly on skills and company being worked for. On top of this, some well-known designers also get royalties from big and well-known manufacturers for their designs. With involvement of carpentry and architectural design (career lines that are dominated by men), men are expected to dominate the world of furniture design. It is worthy noting, nonetheless, that women’s involvement in this field is getting higher.

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Graphic designing involves various visual communication activities including drawing, painting, photographing, generating images on the computer or simply enhancing or editing all these to use for publicity purposes. From brand logos, to the colorful images on cereal boxes, all are developed by talented graphic designers. Various forms of design can be seen all around us including TV ads, magazine covers and interiors, book and album covers, restaurant menus and even bubble gum wraps.

Graphic design courses focus on a range of visual communication, recognizing that design is a cultural force that affects the consumer, transactions and social causes. Graphic Design curriculums at a good institute are developed to teach students conceptual problem solving, innovation, critical thinking, art and design, along with marketing and branding strategies.
Studying graphic design opens up new avenues in the advertising and publicity world. Various universities and institutes offer degree and diploma courses on graphic designing. These courses teach how to combine arts and technology to communicate and transfer ideas.

The Course Includes

Specialized graphic designing courses include the study of history of graphic design, 2-D and 3-D design, layout, print and editorial design, typography, illustrations, use of colors, art direction, so on and so forth. Clear cut ideas about lines, shapes and textures are necessary and these should be dealt with individually and also as a part of the whole. Creative use of the ‘white space’ is important in order to create a page composition.

Bachelor of Arts or Technology are awarded to students, who pursue either graphic design or similar courses like communication design. The whole process of graphic designing can be divided into specific types like logo based design, type based design, text based design or type and text based design. These, as the names suggest, depend on the product or the idea that is being represented by the design.

Knowledge of certain software is also required for graphic designing. These include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Quark Xpress, Adobe InDesign, etc. Most degree courses give special attention to lessons and practical classes on these software.

Certain online courses are also available for students looking to study graphic design. However, before enrolling into any such program make sure you know about the authenticity and credibility of the course being offered.

Career in Graphic Designing

A graphic designer can easily find a reasonably well paid job. Given the importance of visual arts and media in the consumer-commodity driven market, talented graphic designers are usually in high demand. The kind of jobs that are available for those who have studied graphic design include- art director, layout artist, illustrator, technical designer, web and multimedia designer, photo editor, logo designer, so on and so forth. Those having interest in professional photography may also find job opportunities as photographers for media houses if they have a degree in graphic designing.

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Hair is women’s crowning glory. We often hear advice that when going for an interview with potential employer, the hair should be set at its best to create good impression. When a woman is having a bad hair day, people assume she is either having a bad day or she is dealing with heartache caused by a failed relationship. True enough – the way women carry their hair is a mirror of how they feel inside. More than vanity (although vanity of people, both men and women, nowadays is one the driving factors for the booming industry of hairdressing), it is creating an impression, an image to last.

Hairdressing is a combination of arts and technical skills. It is about transforming a person’s hair into a state the she wants and she needs. While Hairdressing is an expression of imagination and creativity of the hairdresser, it also considers various factors, such as customer’s preference, occasion, theme, skin tone of the customer, shape of customer’s face, and texture of hair to come up with perfect blend that would turn your customer into a whole lot better look by changing her hairstyle alone. Hair brushes, hair extension, combs, hair scissors, hair curler, hair straightener, hair clips, and hair crimper are just some tools that ring a bell to hairdressers.

Hairdressing courses are typically shorter and cheaper than other degree or certification programs. Most of time is spent in practical applications of techniques involved in hairdressing, such as priming, dyeing, curling, straitening, coloring, and trimming among others. It is ideal to see all these skills in one hairdresser, although it is typical for a hairdresser to have one of these skills as her best or specialization. Since the work requires high level of interpersonal skills, the training programs are also designed to prepare students into becoming a hairdresser a customer would love to deal with. If you are good with work involving steady and heavy use of your hand and good eye-hand coordination; if you consider yourself trainable in a fast-paced industry, where change happens in split seconds; if you see yourself interacting with customers to see what they want for their hair and recommend what you think is better; if you see yourself building a name not just locally but globally; if you find bliss in making other people beautiful because of your talent then hairdressing is the right pick for you!

Hairdressing career comes in lucrative and cool package. Apart from high talent fee, the hairdresser also gets to travel a lot and to rub elbows with famous celebrities. What could be cooler than styling top models’ hair before a catwalk in the runway? What about displaying your styles in famous magazines read by millions of people around the globe? What about having your own hair product brand name? Or owning a hair salon where celebrities would drop by to win that gorgeous shot? Truly, it is very enticing and rewarding to be a part of Hairdressing industry. While Hairdressing is known to be a world for women, records would show that there are world famous male hairdressers (Vidal Sassoon and Trevor Sorbie to name some). Not only do we have male hairdressers, the market itself is becoming unisex.

In countries where regard to fashion is high, career opportunity for hairdressers is also high. Hairdressers play a vital role in transforming a catwalk show into a success; a significant part in boosting sales of fashion magazines; and in making celebrities look and come as real celebrities. Hairdressing is one of the top industries in United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.

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With the realization of computer into being, people become creative to come up with ideas to offer courses which gives life to art in the form of Illustration course. This is the newest wave of study in colleges and universities nowadays. It is showing potentials in becoming a good source of income.

Illustrators are behind the successes of other careers like book writers, reporters, policemen, judges, lawyers, photographers and any other professions. Without them, the work of people involved in these fields would be incomplete and impossible. For instance, a fashion designer without an illustrator or does not know how to sketch would likely to present a vague idea of his design to his customers no matter how great it is. Clients who are not satisfied because of poor visualization would not to come back again. In like manner, law enforcers who do not know how to draw would lead them to arrest wrongly identified suspects. This is how crucial the job of an illustrator is.

Illustration study comes in assortment of career. One can find a job in different fields. It can be started with a course in drawing as your focal base. Once a student is well trained with the techniques of drawing, he can proceed to become a book’s illustrator which is in demand these days especially in children’s materials. Printing media like newspapers is another venue to consider as they still utilize drawings as an anchor in their report. Seemingly, promising area is in the production of images used in marketing productions. This includes fabrics and stationary. Moreover, Illustrators are needed in criminal justice field to sketch criminals and suspects to assist in their recognition to help solve the case especially if taking pictures is prohibited in the court rooms. The exciting thing is in the medical field where you contribute much of your knowledge not only as an illustrator but as an artist as well because you deal with several aspects of this specialization. To meet expectations as a medical illustrator, one has to study both art and biology to come up with materials that features human anatomy, surgical procedures and forensic blueprints for textbooks.

Enthusiastic professionals who wanted to venture in this field are deemed to be creative. They should be full of fresh ideas to come up with a result with the correct expression of the description of the event or a person. Flexibility in your work should not be underestimated as an illustrator works with diverse professions and types of people differing in personality.

Employment in this undertaking is envisioned to accelerate in the years to come. It is expected to grow by less than 20% (Occupational Outlook Handbook) in 2014. With the diversity in the profession, it is expected that illustrators will be self employed or freelancers. Wages depends on one’s popularity and also the type of interest in this field one wants to involve himself with. Beyond money matters, worth satisfying is the self achievement one derives as an illustrator being an anchor to other professions.

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Art comes in all shapes and sizes as well as medium and purpose. Industrial art is becoming a well-known art genre because of the dependence of people to technology. It is small wonder that Industrial Design is also one of the most popular majors for students today.

Industrial Design is an applied art wherein aesthetics and utilization of products are improved for marketability and production.

It was competition that gave birth to this art genre. After 1865, competition forced manufactures to improve product appearance to gain advantage in the market. New materials like celluloid also substituted expensive materials like ivory and tortoiseshell, making it easier for ordinary citizen who wanted both comfort and luxury to buy products that were less expensive. Although apparent, Industrial Design was not considered a profession during the 19th century. As a business response to the Great Depression in the 1930s, commercial artists and stage designers turned to product designing which profited both the manufacturers and the consumers. Consultant industrial designers like Henry Dreyfuss, Norman Bel Geddes, Raymoned Loewy, and Walter Dorwin Teague became instant celebrities while companies like General Electric and Sears Roebuck employed many in-house designers. As time passed by and as technology made the world smaller and the global competition more intense, industrial designers became more popular and in-demand.

Students who want to take this major will learn about the basics of two and three dimensional design, history of Art and Design, traditional and computer-aided drawing, drafting and model making, and liberal arts. Students will learn how to design and develop product concepts then build models or visualize them using computer technology. They will also have to learn presentation skills to be able to communicate their creative ideas and concepts and to demonstrate their products to an audience. Some advanced topics that students might encounter are ergonomics, materials and manufacturing, engineering, and, of course, marketing. Many schools offer different activities for students like debates and experience-based assignments which require students to interact with each other and to experience, first hand, the joy of designing industrial products. Eventually, students will be able to make their own physical or digital portfolio to match their professional resume.

The main responsibility of an industrial designer is to lead the way in the design to create products that are user-friendly, safe, energy-efficient, and enjoyable for consumers. Bringing together aesthetics with ergonomics, materials, manufacturability, and environmental considerations, industrial designers go through the development cycle: from the initial concept, through its development and manufacture, and finally to the marketing of the products. Industrial designers are the advocate of the users, manufacturing products that fit people’s needs.

In today’s society, technology is a necessity that’s why career opportunities for industrial designers are abundant. These career opportunities include, but are not limited to: exhibit designing, furniture designing, product designing, toy designing, architecture, computer interface designing, management, marketing, and business ownership. Industrial designers also have the opportunity to work in engineering and design teams wherein they can integrate Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, and Robotics into making a well-balanced design for specific products for, say, marine biology or sports rehabilitation equipments.

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The realization of an Interactive Design career is the development brought about by the adjustments people make in their lives. Almost everybody these days are eager to have the newest technology in his hand. Hence, every company strives to have the best product in the country which will be talked about by customers. What is exciting as an Interactive designer is to see the result of his work change the lifestyle and behavior of the users to have an interaction with the product in his possession.

Interactive designers are the people behind the advances in technology today. They are the backbones of those products being idolized by customers. They conceptualize ideas to come up with the most beautiful, the newest, and unique gadgets of any form to meet people’s need and satisfaction. In fact, products today which act as mediator between people in their communication to bring them closer to each other are the output of Interactive Design. Most noticeably is the case of computers where before it is only used for encoding, gaming and professionals in this field. However, today it can be used as a communication medium not only as the mediator but there is interaction of the user and the computer itself. It is compulsory for an Interactive designer then to assemble products which are client centered yet keeping a balance between the goals of the company to be in business.

This field of endeavor is a young multidisciplinary study nevertheless it is making a name in the industry and being considered to surge in the years to come. However, to be considered into its doors, a bachelor’s degree is needed coupled with trainings and internships. In some occasions, an associate degree can suffice. Yet still other companies require additional knowledge in arts, graphic and a course in psychology, sociology, cultural studies and others. Communicating ideas visually, in writing and verbally is another asset hiring employers look into applicants.

To be successful in this career, one has to be innovative and technology knowledgeable. Being creative does not mean it should be big instead it should be enough to create something different in the customer’s well being especially in his interaction with the product. Keeping yourself abreast with how people live and what they need makes an edge with your rivals in the industry. The chief factor to consider in this field is the quality of the product. It is a necessity for a designer to know how the customer’s mood towards the newly introduced gadget in terms of how they feel, hear and see. This is to know what to improve to be the future’s design to keep pace with the society’s dynamic changes.

Obtaining a job in this field is surprisingly not the title as an Interactive Designer but as Junior Web Designer, Junior DVD author, Junior Information Architect and others. It seems far from being an Interactive designer but that is how a graduate begins her career in this field. Being an Interactive Designer can be self employed and can work in a company. It all depends on one’s preference. This job is among those with good remuneration of about $70,000 a year in the US and some part of Europe.

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Artists have inherent qualities, so it is common to hear people say about brilliant talents, “it’s in the blood.” But artists are also made. In fact, the most famous and venerated artists have gone to school to pursue education and only developed their full potential as artists after attending school and completing a degree. Naturally, they become the best in their craft as they become writers, sculptors, painters, actors, creators, directors, composer, inventors and performers.

The study of Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance is one of the many humanities and arts courses, apparently hardly new, that aims to develop students to become masters and artists of their craft by expressing their thoughts, skills, artistic prowess and talents. Their works are a result of their arts education, understanding of integrated arts, and cross-disciplinary arts. Students of the course will definitely be excited to take interdisciplinary arts studies as they will be provided with a long history of interdisciplinary approaches in both teaching and learning. However, a greater emphasis on using new materials awaits students. The advent of technological advancements, new forms of media in videos, performance arts, multi-media installation, digital arts, and other enhanced and expanded means of learning open more possibilities for students. Eventually, these learning tools will be utilized to give students full spectrum of the arts as they have a better and eminent training ground in exploring visual arts, music, creative writing, and theater.

Interdisciplinary arts are traditional majors of learning arts as it provides students the best opportunities to thrive within their chosen discipline. However, they are also encouraged to pursue multiple studies that immensely interest them, as long as the study allows them to better dig into arts. Highly-motivated students are the best candidates for the course. If they can set clear purpose and objectives in taking the program, they better prepare themselves in building and crossing bridges and starting paths in arts, to some extent go beyond their specialized discipline and directly linked it to studies outside arts. The program offers diverse professional opportunities and significant careers while their only ways and means are their artistic abilities, ingenuity, and creative minds not to mention their highest artistic integrity.

Interdisciplinary is a program under theater and performance studies which will make students create and produce theater shows representing the relation of visual media performance. The music and sound arts give students more knowledge in analyzing sound arts techniques, theories of recording, electronic and computer music, sound performance and sound installation. More so, students interested in visual media will get the highest impression for the course as they will study visual and media arts, drawing and painting videos and interactive media by employing creative insight supported by timely discoveries of techniques, tools and adapted theories.

Most importantly, students will be able to develop other qualities equally related to their natural traits. They will become flexible, versatile, liberal, and forbearing to spark meaningful developments as they dedicate themselves in giving creative attention to life that will carry art practices in the future.

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When is a home not just a home? When its interior is decorated. Although some people prefer to do things their own way, sometimes it is inevitable to ask help from the outside. That is especially true when one’s own home is at stake. Even though the owner of that brand spanking new home has lots of ideas in his or her head, an interior designer will be the one to put together the different pieces of the puzzle in order to create a splendid piece of art. So despite the rise in popularity of all kinds of do-it-yourself stuff like tables or intricate lampshades that could double as pieces of art, an interior decorator’s helping hand is still deeply appreciated by many. But did you know that interior designers are not really this century’s offspring? As early as the 1700’s, interior designers already existed. They helped improve the appearance of the homes – or usually the mansions – of the rich and the nobles. The idea of having an interior designer was popular in Western Europe, most especially in Britain, France and Italy. But of course they did not call them that. Instead, today’s Interior Designer was called an upholsterer (when you’re in London) or a marchand-mercier (when you are a resident of France). Another thing was that most of yesterday’s Interior Decorators were men and not women. So it is a bit ironic that some people today think that women are more suited with designing homes since it is a woman’s job after all – to beautify her and her family’s abode. But that’s just a bit sexist, isn’t it?

So now, we go to the real question that needs answering: what exactly does an Interior Designer do? We all know that they’re in-charge of beautifying homes and adding much needed pizzazz to interiors that lack style and personality, but, what we don’t know is the work that goes with it. First of all, an Interior Designer has to assess the place, check out nooks and crannies that may need fixing and then make a general plan. Typically, an Interior Designer asks the client about their preferences and things like that before they make a drawing or plan that they will present to the client before applying paint, ordering furniture and all those kinds of stuff. This is done in order to avoid making dents to the relationship between the designer and the client. So basically, an Interior Designer is not just good with all things artsy; they are also good when it comes to communicating with other people. Interior Designers basically rely on their instincts when choosing furniture, color and the right lighting to complete a room. Up till now, they’re the best kept secret of people with the most amazing homes. But with the rise of TV shows, magazines and books that showcase the interesting and colorful lives of Interior Designers, more and more people will surely choose the path that many an interesting Interior Designer chose to tread.

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Interior Decorator

They know the best styles that should grace your home and they know how to combine even the quirkiest of decorations in order to create a space that boasts not only of beauty, but substance as well. And they all do it without years of honing their craft at the most prestigious schools. They have an innate talent when it comes to the arts and sometimes, because they weren’t schooled and strictly made to follow some principles, they make the most unusual of combinations that just scream fun, exciting and uniquely beautiful. Yes, Interior Decorators seem to have it all without all the hassle of having to go through years of school which is not only time consuming, but, very hard on the pockets as well. But many people are still confused when it comes to Interior Designers and Decorators. First of all, an Interior Designer has a college degree with a major in Interior Design. A decorator doesn’t have one. So that means an Interior Decorator may not know a few things like drawing with scales and so on. They may not also be knowledgeable about some other technical stuff that an Interior Designer knows. But that doesn’t mean that an Interior Designer is any better than a Decorator. That’s like saying that a Fashion Designer knows more about fashion than a fashion consultant or stylist. If history is a good example, then it is important to note that the early Interior Designers were not required to go to school and more often than not, they just relied on their instincts when it came to beautifying a space.

So what exactly does an Interior Decorator do? They act as consultants who will help clients choose the right furnishings, carpets, paint, and so on. They will help the client with such things like the perfect accessories that will complement a room’s theme. Usually, Interior Decorators focus on homes or living spaces rather than business establishments and so on. But some Interior Decorators who have a little bit of technical know-how choose to decorate other kinds of spaces that Interior Designers are usually in charge of decorating.
It is safe to say that an Interior Decorator’s life is hard but fun. At the end of the day, one has the option to be his or her own boss. The job of a decorator is hard, yes, but very gratifying and an interesting one to boot. They get to meet and mingle with the most interesting people (since we have to admit, mostly the rich and the famous are the ones with the power to hire decorators) and the salary is not too shabby either. If they know how to play their cards right, they could earn the same as Interior Designers. Or if luck truly is on their side, they could earn even more. Many Interior Decorators claim that their job is fun, interesting and a far cry from the tedious and boring eight hour shift in the office. So it is no wonder that a lot of people want to be Interior Decorators.

Interior Designer

Everybody’s interested in them and some even want to be like them. They even got their own TV shows that just prove how popular they are. Who are they? They’re your friendly neighborhood Interior Designers. Maybe because of the surge in popularity, you got to admit, a peek in the life of an Interior Designer has crept to your mind. Although it may not become a possibility unless of course your best friend is an Interior Designer, you got to admit that it would be a fun or, at the very least, an interesting notion. Well, the truth is, you could say that Interior Designers are like the older, albeit wiser sisters of Fashion Designers – more serious, less prone to changing their personal sense of style depending on the season, but, still equally fun. But despite their portrayal in television as having the glamorous life, filled with meetings with equally fabulous people and with the power to make blah spaces into luxurious abodes, an Interior Designer’s life is not that easy. In fact, it is quite hard. So that’s why even if a lot of people want to be Interior Designers, they don’t make it in the business. But even if that is true, if you yourself know that you have what it takes, you’re willing to invest a few years to study the ins and outs of designing, then, nothing should hold you back.

Basically, an Interior Designer is the one in charge of designing an area which may not always be found inside. They make sure that they incorporate the personal taste of the client, with a little mix of their own style and of course, they have to make sure that the space is still functional and no aspect of the design will sacrifice the functionality of the area. After they’re satisfied with a general idea, they will then put it into paper or in some cases, in their laptops. Some Interior Designers choose to stick with drawing the area manually, since it could prove to be faster and easier than using specially designed software like AutoCAD. But knowing those kinds of things are not the only requirements of an Interior Designer. In order to be a full-fledged – and not to mention successful – Interior Designer, one must have good communication skills and know how to budget as well. They must have a trusted group of people who they will turn to when the need for electrical repairs, fixtures or furniture arises. So in short, they need not only be artistic, but also know how to lead, organize and be in the know when it comes to technical stuff.
But before they got there, it was no walk in the park. One had to undergo at least six years of combined education and experience. But the result is of course very gratifying. When you’re a successful Interior Designer, you could be earning more than 70,000 American Dollars. So if you truly want to be a designer, you could be doing something that is easy as pie for you for the rest of your life and earn a good amount of money. Now that’s hitting two birds with one stone.

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Creativity, critical thinking, craft skills, ingenuity, and patience are some of the qualities needed to complete the Jewelry and Metals program. Students are prepared to master courses in jewelry arts so that they will not simply create unique and stunning jewelry pieces and arts but be able to establish a strong foundation in understanding the vocabulary and skills linked to working with metal materials used in jewelry and art pieces making.

Techniques are employed as students are helped to cultivate respect for technical skills in arts. Students are taught how to identify jewelry pieces and objects made of metals that have both monetary value and artistic values. The visuals or the aesthetics of jewelry and metal pieces posses certain qualities that express meaningful messages. Throughout the course, every student is able to recognize the intrinsic values of a specific piece of jewelry based on expressions delivered by the piece.

Some interesting classes under the program include the following:

- Basics of jewelry and metal designs;

- Metal manipulation and tools used in metalwork;

- Arts behind jewelry and metal objects;

- Art of advanced fabrication, surface treatment, and patination (the coloring of metals through chemical process that simulate oxidation);

- Casting and stone setting;

- Repoussé and chasing;

- Enameling and advanced forming;

- Special problems about arts; and

- Sculptural objects.

Organizing a thesis exhibition is the final requirement for most graduate studies and further studies can be taken by undergraduates, too.

Metalwork is not just an interesting field of study but a unique program that gives students the familiarity they need about traditional and sophisticated ideas when working on metals. The technical and conceptual challenge behind the program is compelling enough to equip students with the right education. Later on, students will be able to consolidate materials and process them with the objective of creating strong and expressive ideas about metal arts. Meaning to say, students are being taught to develop their advanced skills on metal works and make use of their artistic and creative abilities in discovering and inventing new ideas in jewelry and metals. Moreover, a bright future lies ahead graduates of Jewelry and Metals program as they strongly possessed the qualities and knowledge needed in becoming an effective jewelry historian, consultant, gemologist, teacher, and get positions from antique and jewelry shops or important cultural institutions like museums, culture and the arts agencies and non-government organizations that are responsible in preserving and enhancing valuable treasures made of precious and vintage metals for instance.

The technique of bead setting is one technique in jewelry making. The beads can be replaced with other valuable gemstones. Some other techniques that can be learned are: die rolling, damascening (a decorative technique), etching (a decorative technique), fabrication, forging, granulation, gypsy setting, invisible setting, and saw piercing. In the end, genuine artisan and craftsmanship of the student is achieved.

Jewelry making and understanding much more complex metal works are the highlights of the course and will make students get inspired in advancing their knowledge once they take Jewelry and Metals program.

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Jewelry Design pertains to the art of creation and conceptualizing of designs for jewelry. Perhaps, the field of Jewelry Design can be traced back when kings and queens used to rule most of the known civilized world. Kings would have jeweled swords, scepters, crowns, signets, and shields while queens would wear jeweled tiaras, bracelets, rings, necklaces and just about anything that would tickle their fancy. Usually, when the word “royal” is attached to a thing, expect a jewel is embedded on it. Court life is not complete without courtiers showing off their dazzling necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and brooches.

Jewelries, however, do not take shape on its own. The jewelry typically seen on catalogs or in jewelry boutiques had been conceived from a jewelry designer's brain. The process of designing jewelry is not as simple as it looks. It is not as simple as getting a chain and then attaching a gemstone and, voila a necklace! When designing a jewelry, normally, there is not just one process is involved. It is not merely a matter of drawing a design but metallurgical expertise on precious metals are also needed to be considered. The type of jewelry, if it’s a ring or a pendant or an earring, would also play a vital role on how the design is going to turn out. How a gemstone will be cut would also fall on the recommendations of the designer. As mentioned, Jewelry Designing is not just about mere drawings but it is also considered an art form. In fact, most of the most popular jewelry designers are true blooded artists. Notable people in the field of jewelry design are Frank Gehry, legendary architect and designer of the Guggenheim Museum, Paloma Picasso, daughter of abstract painter Pablo Picasso and designer for Tiffany and Co. and Louis Comfort Tiffany, son of Tiffany and Co. and a leading American Art Nouveau artist. More or less, jewelry designers have some sort of artistic experience like painting, architecture, interior design and sculpting before pursuing the glitz and glamour of Jewelry Design.

Design indeed is very important, especially for jewelry houses. Most popular houses have signature designs associated with them. Signature designs further enhance the image and reputation of a jeweler. Like for instance, Tiffany & Co. became the undisputed king of engagement rings because they came up with a design that simply emphasizes the brilliance of diamonds while at the same time remaining very simple. When girls talk to her friends about the engagement ring she got, when she mentions “I got a Tiffany,” more or less, her friends have an idea what the ring looks like.

With technology in precision cutting, gemstones are now easier to cut. The more easily the gems can be cut, the more intricate and detailed the designs can be rendered. Right now, lasers are being used to cut gemstones. In doing the actual design, computer programs are also being used. These programs give a three dimensional overview of the design and so viewing and editing is a very easy process. With more time to devote on design improvement, expect the field of Jewelry Design to produce more designers which currently is fielded just by a chosen few.

Ever since man began to use tools and clothing, jewellery, in its most basic form, was also being used. Many researchers found traces of jewellery among the remains of the earliest civilizations and they all believed that these jewels were used as symbols about 35,000 to 40,000 years ago. The oldest man-made jewellery was mollusk shells that had been perforated to be made into beads. Other materials that man used to make jewellery included animal teeth, bone, various types of shells, and carved stones and wood. Before it was used as aesthetic adornment, jewelleries were functional items and were used to pin articles of clothing together. Later on, jewelleries were used as a symbol of wealth and status as well as protection against harm, ward against evil, and to heal ailments. Modern jewellery as we know it began in the late 1940s or at the end of World War II as people began to pursue it artistically and leisurely. New materials like plastic also emerged and new ways of harvesting pearls were also discovered, giving way for more designs and functions.

Jewellery Design, as a major, offers both knowledge and experience for students who are interested in making fine and luxurious jewelleries as well as to those who are into fashion, industrial, and accessories designing. The focus of this major is to help students understand the importance of research and manufacturing, as well as design. This will also help students—who may or may not be familiar with craftwork and industrial jewellery techniques—to face design challenges that arise in today’s competitive society.

Students who will take this study will have to learn drawing and design to be able to build the visual library that is a necessity for any designer. They will also learn more about the history of jewellery and of jewellery design as well as attend trend-forecasting and workshop on illustrating for jewellery design. Students will also have to learn about jewellery designing and techniques like engraving, stone cutting, drilling, filing, welding, shaping materials, polishing, and setting precious or semi-precious stones. Students will also learn how to make their own portfolio that will help them in their careers after graduation.

Although the primary focus of many jewellery designers is to sell their creations, there are still many career opportunities out there for graduates of Jewellery Design that doesn’t focus on making and selling finished products. Being a Bench Jeweller is one of those opportunities. Bench Jewellers are those that work on repairs in a jewellery shop but they are also highly skilled craftspeople and are often requested to create any type of jewellery. Another career opportunity is being a jewellery sales rep whose main responsibility is to locate and secure accounts from retailers. Jewellery designers can also be a jewellery buyer who specializes in buying jewellery merchandise to sell in their own stores. Other career opportunities include company jewellery designer, independent jewellery designer, gemmologist/diamond grader, sales/manager professionals, jewellery store owner, bead shop owner, QA Consultant, and jewellery publishing.

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Jewelry Designers

Jewelry Designers, basically, are the ones responsible for creating original jewelry creations. Jewelry Designers are the heart and soul of jewelry houses because all creations start from designs. Jewelries could be a combination of a stone and a precious metal or perhaps it could be just a precious metal alone like gold, silver, platinum or white gold. Designing jewelries are a bit tricky because with so many designs out already, coming up with a new breakthrough design is truly a challenging feat. Usually, Jewelry Designers design in sets. A set would be composed of a necklace, a brooch, a pair of earrings and a bracelet. When a Designer comes out with a new design concept, expect a design for each set pieces centered on a single theme. Because of metals being involved, it follows that Jewelry Designers would be knowledgeable in metalsmithing, at least for gold, silver and platinum metals. Designers should also know about gemology as gemstones are commonly used as center pieces of jewelries.

In the process of designing, Designers look at the purpose, the materials to be used, the size, type and cut of the stone and the ease or difficulty of executing the design into an actual piece. Purpose of making a design would vary as it could be jewelry for an occasion like weddings and engagements. It could be a special order by a wealthy patron. Sometimes a patron would just come barging in and would say “jeweler, please make me a necklace with the name of my wife written on it in diamond beads,” or anything of this sort. Sometimes, due to the size and cut of the stone, the design would have to allow maximum exposure to show off its full majestic splendor. However allowances would also have to be made to make sure the stone is fastened well so it would not fall off easily. How the stone was cut would also contribute to the overall design. If a stone was cut with edges then the Designer would shy away from curved sidings or whatever that would not be compensating with a stone cut with edges. An example of this consideration is the signature multiple prong designs by Tiffany & Co. This design by Tiffany allows maximum light to enter the stone showing of its brilliance to radiate majestically. Because the Designer didn’t want to defeat the purpose of wearing a large-stoned jewelry, that is to show off wealth and beauty, the multi-prong design was conceived for jewelries with large stones on them. The type of stone would be taken in consideration because different stones would have different colors. Some stones would look good in gold and some in platinum. And lastly, some Designers would consider making a design only if it is logically possible to be made into an actual jewelry. Of course, the more intricate a design, the harder it is to make and so very intricate designs would just remain designs until technology would be available for them to be viable. Theoretically, any design should be doable but since some designs would require more processes or more moldings, the cost of the design would become very expensive making them not worth pursuing doing them.

Those who are serious in becoming a Jewelry Designer like Paloma Picasso should have a degree in an art or design school and then take jewelry making classes to be exposed to the world of precious gems and metals.

Gemologist

In the art and science of jewelry making, the services of Gemologists are considered one of the pillars of the industry. A gemstone’s exact value can only be appraised by a trained Gemologist. If a gemstone did not pass through a gemologist’s lens, a gem will not be traded by gemstone traders and will not be bought by jewelry makers as the gem’s authenticity will always remain doubtful. Gemologists deal mainly with gems like amethysts, ambers, emeralds, jades, rubies, sapphires, turquoises, diamonds and a host of synthetic gems.

In the movie “Titanic,” the story revolves around a piece of jewelry. The jewelry in question had a dark blue tinge which could be naturally mistaken for a sapphire but was actually a diamond. Although this is just a movie, diamonds that are colored blue do exist in real life and are considered rare stones. This is where Gemologists become very important. Let’s say somebody found a blue colored stone, thinking it was a sapphire, sold it in the black market to cash it in quickly. However, if he could have waited a bit and went to a Gemologist first before selling the stone, he might have gotten a diamond’s price for it. Another thing about prices of gemstones is that different origins fetch different prices even though they are of the same type of stone. This is because there are no exactly the same stone if Gemologists were to argue. The reason of Gemologists is that every stone would have a unique specific gravity, hardness, crystal structure and refractive index. By doing spectroscopic analysis, the origin of a particular gemstone can easily be determined by Gemologists. Origin of the gem matters because prices would depend as certain characteristics of gems are preferred over gems from other places. This is because some places produces less flaws when examined with a microscope or some gems from a particular place exhibit more luster than from other places. For example, a diamond from South Africa is priced higher than a diamond mined from Russia because diamonds from South Africa tend to have less bubbles.

Perhaps, the most important duty of a Gemologist is the ability to detect real from fakes. By employing techniques like looking at a stone’s fluid inclusions or if the stone has traces of heat treatment, the Gemologist could easily pass judgment if indeed the stone in question is real or not. Perhaps, some Gemologists who have been in the business very long can even tell a gem’s value just by looking at it.

Opportunities for Gemologists have increased greatly as synthetic gems such as synthetic moissanite and cubic zirconia are increasingly looking very much like diamonds. Imagine the headlines should Tiffany & Co. gets duped by unscrupulous diamond traders selling them fake diamonds and in turn selling to customers. For sure their reputation would tarnish and nobody would buy from their store anymore. Jewelry makers only defense is to hire Gemologists as no genuine Gemologists would be fooled by synthetic gems.

Those setting their eyes in having Gemologist for a career should look for a good school offering courses in gemology. This course is a bit expensive as enrollees may need to pay for the gems they would be studying.

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Dancing is a form of art that involves the movement of the body synchronized or set to music, to show expression, interaction, feelings, beliefs, culture, and emotions.

This non-verbal communication that involves bodily movements and facial expression has many forms.

Movements from any inanimate objects maybe described as dancing, especially if it was set to a genre or any musical accompaniment. Mostly dances were comprised of aesthetic, cultural, social, and moral constraints. Studying dances is not as easy as it looks as every gesture or symbolic movements presented in a performance tells a story. Dances can either be competitive, erotic, or ceremonial. It is not confined with a certain gender, age, race, height, weight, culture, and skin color. Dancing is for all!!!

Dancing does not only involve flexibility and body movement, but also physics. If the proper physics is not taken into consideration, injuries may occur, so careful analysis and study should be taken in consideration.

Dances have a distinct character. It could either denote passion, anger, energy, femininity, or sensuality. One of the most catchy, energetic, and sensual form of dance is the Latin Dance.

Latin Dance can be associated with social or ballroom dance. This dance originated from the Latin America and Caribbean Islands. It was subdivided into different kinds of dances such as cha cha cha, salsa, rumba, mambo, merenge, danza, cumbia, bachata, tumba, bolero, samba, paso doble, and jive. Dance instructors also classify argentine dance or tango, as a form of Latin Dance.

For students who are aspiring to take this Major, be ready for numerous dance sport competitions. Dance sport competitions are contests that enhance the dancing abilities of both amateur and professional dancers. It is divided into two categories; the Amateur Latin and the Professional Latin. Once students became well educated with the basics of Latin Dance, they are immediately called as Amateur dancers.

All ballroom dance’ music was set to a 4/4 time. An exception would be the Cuban music that was set on a 2/4 time.

Ideally, this dance was executed with a partner in semi-open, face-to-face, or close-contact position. It is also essential to build a rapport with your partner; as “connection” holds a strong influence in the overall dance performance, and a catchy Latin American music that adds spice in the presentation.

Students, who would like to take this course, must have an interest in the Latin American culture, with dancing, as well as Latin music. An essential tip for making a great dance performance is the music that brings life to the execution of the routine, and of course; dancing through the heart.

Latin music holds the best-selling records in the ballroom dancing scene. Popular Musicians are Shakira, Carlos Santana, Roberto Carlos, Luis Miguel, Vincente Fernandez that sold over 50 million records all over the world.

Influenced with Latin beat, infused with Caribbean music, the spirited Central American hype, sounds of Andes, and Southern Cone; Latin music adds zest to Latin Dance.

Job opportunities for this career track are; theater dancer, dance choreographer, commercial dancer, dance instructor, dance specialist, cultural dancer, and dance theorist.

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Music is a form of art that encourages people to express themselves. While some argue that music is just the vibration in the air that human ears then decipher, there are also those who will go as far as to saying music is their life. Sometimes, music does make life seem better. It has the ability to help a stressed out person to just lay back, relax and let the music do its job. One thing is for sure though, no matter what one’s definition of music is, different groups of people have their own distinct music that distinguishes them from the rest. And that is one of the reasons why there isn’t a single and universal definition of music. What could be soothing sounds for a group of people could be excruciating noise for another. Everyone has their own preferences and sometimes, music can even influence one’s life. That is how big of a deal music really is. While there are people who don’t really take music seriously, it is a well known fact that music is a very basic and integral part of human life. First of all, it distinguishes the human race from animals since people can create more intricate musical patterns, especially with the help of good old electricity and other kinds of technological advancements. And another is that it provides an insight into a person or a group of people’s lives.

As we all know, different generations have spawned lots of different kinds of music. Today, people can jokingly tell your age by asking what kind of music you listen to. Before, – and truthfully, even now, actually – some people can also tell your socioeconomic standing based on your musical preference. If you’re a fan of classical music, then some people can infer that you’re high up on the social strata. But if you like, say, underground punk music, or even indie, then you’re one of those on the lower half. Also, today’s culture dictates that when you like pop (popular) music, then you can probably sympathize more with those belonging to the “low culture”. Basically, low culture is a derogatory term for those who like pop music, current bestselling books and blockbuster movies. But then again, that is just a way of categorizing and dividing people – man’s attempt at a so-called semblance of order.

Despite being seen as less important than for example, mathematics, many people can still see the importance of music; thus there’s a need for studying it and refining the different techniques in connection to it. There are also those who go the extra mile and study music as an undergraduate course and further their studies by undergoing music graduate programs. Graduate degrees include Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts. These people go on to making careers out of producing music, working for different labels who undertake bands or solo artists and sometimes, they go on to even write and perform their own music on different stages across the globe.

Job positions for Music:

Music Therapist

Music therapy is a good way to enrich lives by helping people become more aware of their own selves. It also helps people explore and express their emotions, and, best of all, encourages people to connect with other people. Music therapy is mostly interpersonal and it uses the different facets of music in order to help a person improve one’s self – either physically, emotionally, mentally or even spiritually. A Music Therapist can help people of all ages – from young kids to elderly people.

A Music Therapist can help a child overcome shyness, fear and a string of other negative emotions that can hinder his or her growth. A Music Therapist can do this by encouraging children to be involved in a series of activities that makes use of music. Singing, dancing and learning new instruments can also help children become more attentive, socially adept and well-behaved than children who rarely do those things. A Music Therapist can also do wonders for elderly people who are recovering from surgery or diseases. So in short, a Music Therapist is similar to a psychologist or therapist except that they always make use of music and sounds.

A person who has an innate love for music and at the same time has a genuine desire to help others is a good candidate for a career in music therapy. People who choose music therapy are often inclined to both medicine/psychology and music. So in order to become an excellent music therapist, excellent musicianship is also required. One must be able to fully understand the power of singing, music and other kinds of sounds. It’s also ideal that one is inclined to using instruments such as the guitar and piano since many institutions favor music therapists who can play instruments as well. The ability to sing is also another factor that can be taken into consideration when looking for a music therapist.

There are other requirements that future Music Therapists must also possess. First of all, budding music therapists are often required to undergo therapy in order for them to be of sound mind and body. It is unheard of for a music therapist to have past issues left unresolved. They can only truly help other people when they themselves are healed.
There are many career options for music therapists. They can be practitioners, clinicians, professors and so on. The salary depends on a music therapist’s number of years in the field, experience, expertise and of course, the employer or company. But a typical music therapist could earn US$39,000 a year in the US. It is important to note that governmental institutions can give a higher salary than those from the private sector. But it really depends on the music therapist’s background, experience and so on. But really, the salary is not as important as being able to help others. For those who love both music and helping other people, a music therapist is a dream job that can give a great amount of satisfaction.

Music Journalist

What do you get when you combine a love for music and the written word? What else, but, music journalism. It is a rare talent to have both an ear for good music and the ability to pen words that accurately – and artistically – describe music. So what does a Music Journalist really do? Well, they listen to music, critique it and then write it down for others to read. Since there are lots of new genres of music today, and even more solo artists and bands under each genre, many people prefer to rely on a music journalist’s word and listen to a band or artist that a reliable music journalist applauded.

A music journalist’s work isn’t limited to criticizing new bands. Some music journalists prefer to exclusively write reviews about new albums, tours, concerts, musicals and even instruments. Usually, they either say Yay or Nay; encouraging or discouraging other people to listen to this particular band or artist. But if their reactions are negative, music journalists tend to have a more subtle approach because by disapproving this genre of music or this band, they also put their own careers at stake.

There is also a different kind of Music Journalist who specializes in doing interviews with the people who are directly involved like, the band members or even the manager. This kind of journalist needs to be able to put other people at ease, relate to new people they haven’t met and basically conduct a good interview. This is a difficult job since not everyone can be at ease in other people’s company and at the same time be very knowledgeable about the music industry and be a good interviewer to boot. But of course, there are also those who can combine writing reviews and conducting interviews at the same time.
A Music Journalist can work in different places. The most obvious is to go and work for a music magazine. But many women’s and men’s magazines also do features on new music or instruments. Album reviews are the most common, along with interviews with the band members or artist. Newspapers also cover different kinds of music related news and an interview with a passing touring band is also common. But when it comes to music journalism, the Internet is one of the best places to have an article published.

There are pros and cons when it comes to music journalism. The pros are that one can work closely with one’s favorite musicians, gain access to after parties and concerts and of course, you can hear about the latest music before the rest. The cons are that you have to work really hard in order to produce just one article or interview and the salary hugely depends on your abilities.

Music journalists usually work freelance and that’s the reason why the salary could go way up one day and plummet tomorrow. But journalists working for a publication get a set salary and a bonus for a job well done.

Study Music Composition

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Music composition is undertaken by people, called composers, who normally create various pieces of music for films, plays, television, concerts, and operas. Composers develop in-depth knowledge of classical, ballet, and opera repertoire in order to be able to develop their own pieces.

Usually people associate composers with names like Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Wagner, and many others. In present times, although composer names are not so famous, the need for music composition has been growing. Composers can create music for symphonies, bands, jazz ensembles, classical chores, on top of the already mentioned TV and other media. Often composers are sought after to create a piece for a specific purpose, but they can also develop a portfolio and seek to make it accessible to a wider range of prospective listeners.

Personal Qualities

In general, people who compose music are naturally gifted individuals, who have shown talent and love of music from an early age. Other personal qualities are:

  • Motivated, highly committed personality
  • Patience, discipline, and determination
  • Self confidence
  • Creativity
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time
  • Good knowledge of various musical instruments

Study Options

Although composing music involves a great deal of talent, some form of formal training is always a good choice. People involved with music composition, or music overall, start their training from a very early age. If you are interested in this profession, you are most likely to be playing one or more music instruments, undertake music classes, or participate in school bands, orchestras, or chores. If you continue your education by strictly specializing in this field, you should always seek for the practical aspect of your education, too.

An ideal case scenario would be for you to get noticed earlier in your career, which would open opportunities for the future. Your time at university should be smartly spent at developing your network and making the right connections to enhance future career prospects.

Career Options

In today’s world, career prospects in this profession are highly dependent on luck, talent, and other subjective matters. The easiest choice would be to go into teaching – you can do this either for a school, or on a private basis. You can also open your own academy for instructing students, hiring other professionals, organizing child chores, and so on.

If you aim to become a film composer, work for TV, or other major productions, you will have to explore different options for reaching this goal. As already discussed earlier, you can participate in or form your own band, look for employment in symphonies, orchestras, and so on. It highly depends on the type of music you wish to compose and perform, but the general view of music and composition graduates is that it is a challenging area to be involved in.

Study Music Education

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Study Musical Theatre

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“The hills are alive with the sound of music” – this is probably one of the most popular and long-standing phrase that represents what Musical Theatre is all about.

Be it in Broadway in New York, The West End in London, and other theatres around the world, Musical Theatre has taken the world by storm and has delighted and is continuously delighting art patrons around the world. Who could ever forget The Sound of Music, The Phantom of the Opera or Miss Saigon? Indeed, Musical Theatre has evolved to a well-revered discipline in the realm of art and has recently become one of the most interesting fields of study among college students.

By definition, Musical Theatre is a form of theatre arts that fuses songs, music, spoken lines and dance to convey the message and emotions of a piece. It is closely related to opera although a musical theatre actor is primarily an actor and secondarily a singer as compared to an opera singer, which is first and foremost a singer then an actor.

Different countries have different musical theatre histories. In Europe, musical theatre dates back to 5th century BC in ancient Greece where they incorporated songs and dance numbers in their comedies and tragedies. In Asia, India has one of the most antique musical theatre heritages with their Sanskrit – a performance spectacle wherein music and dance are integral components. Up until now, India’s rich musical theatre background is reflected in Bollywood (its version of Hollywood) where most movies have song and dance segments.

Although already sounding as a very specific degree to take, students can actually engage in different Musical Theatre disciplines. Voice lessons and workshops are given to train future musical theatre actors. You see, being a musical actor does not really necessitate someone to be a really good singer since acting skills are also given premium. But of course, having a good singing voice is an advantage. One can also opt to specialize in music theatre history and study how it evolved with the times and adapt itself to the current societal environment. For example, a musical theatre historian would be able to answer what kinds of musical plays were prominent during the great depression in the United States or the Renaissance in Europe and why. As such, experts in musical theatre history will be equipped with the skills to recommend what kinds of pieces will work based on current trends and occurrences.

Career opportunities for Musical Theatre majors are not confined inside the theatre or the performance halls. Those who will explore the creative side of musical theatre can work as directors for films and television shows. They can also serve as vocal and acting coaches for aspiring actors and also as production designers. In fact, the entertainment industry is known to be very welcoming to people with a lot of actors having musical theatre background such as Hugh Jackman, Brad Pitt and Christian Bale.

So if music and performing is your thing, the stage is waiting for you. Get a Musical Theatre degree and prepare to have the greatest show of your life.

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Study Oriental Dance

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The Middle East has so much to boast of in terms of culture and traditions—folk dance is one. History tells that oriental dance is one of the many folk dances that highlight the rich folkloric heritage of the Middle East. With the rich cultural, historic, and artistic offerings of the program, students will become deeply involved in honing and enhancing their abilities and skills as they study the depths of Oriental Dance. The entire program will offer students many great learning opportunities in discovering and understanding the traditions and cultures of Middle East.

Historically speaking, Oriental Dance can be traced back from the ancient Middle Eastern fertility ceremonies, where women performed dance for other women. The tradition continued through time as women taught their girls the dance at an early age to strengthen and fully develop their abdominal muscles for future pregnancies and childbirth. Later on, girls learn the muscle isolation techniques as they do more practice and control their movements toward perfecting the dance. Oriental Dance is more widely known as “belly dance” or the dance of the stomach and it became even much more recognized when it was portrayed and linked with sleaziness and sexual glamour in films and fictions.

Oriental Dance which is intricately characterized with hip movements can be performed using various techniques, depending on the where it is danced. Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, and Morocco all have their exquisite techniques that can be uniquely attributed with their culture. Performers of the dance from different parts of Middle East express their styles when festive occasions are celebrated. In some occasions, the oriental dance is performed when people want to have fun and party wearing their costumes. It was the Europeans that turn this folk dance into social dance not just to spark and express performance art but to answer the demand for more ways to get entertained.

Professional oriental dancers who staged performance to both fashion and recognize the Middle Eastern traditions, assimilated by European social dance techniques by Western choreographers, have learned and mastered their dancing skills as the demand for dance artists grew higher. The entertainment industry is pushing its power to attract more professional dancers and artists. Hence, students of the program should acknowledge this opportunity to finish the program and pursue a career in the entertainment industry and to help the Middle East maintain its influence in cultural scenes. The burgeoning dance scenes of the Middle East and the Oriental Dance have been flourishing across the Arabic boarders as a sea of performances of this cultural dance have been held in various places around the world.

Students who successfully completed the course can pursue their career as artistic directors, dance choreographers, dance instructors, and professional performers. With their education and intensive background, not to mention the learning and practical experiences they gained from the institution that offers such rare program, they can practically help others to appreciate the real beauty of Middle Eastern culture and Oriental Dance.

Study Painting

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Art can be expressed in many forms. Visually, art has made an impact throughout the century. Who cannot forget the famous piece Mona Lisa, by a renowned Italian painter Leonardo da Vinci? He may have passed away but his works shaped the painting industry.

Painting involves applying paint, colors, and pigments to a support base or surface that could either be paper, canvas, wood, lacquer, glass, clay, concrete, and paper.

In the study of art, Painting was defined as “both the act and the result,” and an output of an artist’s emotions. Some old-fashioned painters decorate their works using leaves, or gold; in modern paintings, artists use clay, sand, and paper scraps.

The history of painting in Western and Eastern art is influenced by religious or spiritual themes, ideas, and motifs. Most of the old paintings depict Biblical scenes or mythological characters.

A proof would be the biblical tableau that could be seen in the Sistine Chapel, and some intense vista of the life of Buddha and the Eastern religious origins.

Painting can symbolize or foster perception, through a presentation of the scene’s intensity. A painter is someone who can see through an image in a plain white wall. In technical drawing, the thickness of the line distinguishes the ideal outline for a subject. The essence of painting will be seen through its color and tone whereas in music; is through its pitch and rhythm.

Students who aim to take Painting Major should have an interest in mixing colors as well as blending. They must also ready themselves with Color theory or coding. This theory is plainly characterizing a color by the mood that it denotes. For example, black is to mourning in the West; white is to the East.

Painters often choose colors that denotes certain moods, however the symbolical and psychological implication of their work do not define their works. Colors just add potential to the artwork, and a little context meaning that makes it biased-- as the interpretation will vary from different point of views.

To be a painter, a student must also be creative and willing to innovate or use different materials aside from the norms. Modern painters often use assorted or different materials like cement, straw, wood, or sand to create texture on their artworks.

Today, numbers of graphic artists are greatly increasing; most artists prefer this modern art that was popularly done using softwares like Adobe Photoshop or Corel draw. Using these programs, you can immediately print your work in a traditional canvass.

Painting major incorporates two styles of painting that differs both approach based on their techniques, methods, and visual elements that epitomizes the artist’s masterpiece.

Such classification can either be Western or Eastern. Western style of painting deal with abstracts, Art deco, Baroque, Fauvism, Impressionalism, Orientalism, Pinstripping, Primitive, Precisionism, Pop At, Street Art, Tonalism, and more. Eastern style involves Far Eastern (Tang and Ming Dynasties, Shan shui, Southern school, Yamato-e, Emakimono, Rimpa school, etc); and Near Eastern (Ottoman miniature, Persian miniature, Mysore, Tanjore, Madhubani, Mughal, Raiput, etc).

Career opportunities for Painting students may vary in different areas that involve the use of art, like body painting, figure painting, illustration, portrait painting, still-life, cartoons, designing, and landscaping.

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Study Photography

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A photography career can take numerous different forms. Some photographer prefers to be a freelance, others operate their own studios apartment or they choose to work in an advertising or fashion industry. In order to achieve something in a photography career, you need artistic imagination. Your creative thinking and unique style can put you apart from the rivalry in this field. Clients usually appoint the person who has a unique point of view and personal style. Having good relationship with the clients is also important particularly for those who operate their own business or work as independent freelance.

There are several types of photography career including advertising (creating the right environment to emphasize the product to be promoted in the best possible way), architectural (refers to photos with a unique style of architecture), editorial photography and photojournalism (renders images to support the articles, primarily in the print media), fashion (capture the fashion and sensibilities of attire and most often carried out for commercial or fashion magazines such as Vanity Fair and Vogue), fine art (cites photographs that are made to accomplish the creative imagination and ideas of the artist), forensic (refers to the photos of an accident or crime scene and usually presented in the court to support the investigation), photojournalism (is citing a story regarding a specific incident or occasion through a single shoot), wedding (photographing the most unforgettable moments in a different creative way) and still life photography (pertaining to catching ideas on the camera that are intentionally grouped together to produce a detail composition).

Photographers are employed by design studios, government departments, hospitals, municipalities, advertising companies, fashion houses, magazines, newspaper and other media. Future photographers must have business and organizational abilities to become a successful in this career. Other necessary qualities include originality or personal style, creativity, good eyesight, detail-oriented and patient.

The responsibilities in photography job include advertising and mingling to other people to find new customers, discuss with clients to recognize their needs or requirements, set up the photo shoots including the schedule, locations, backgrounds, props, lighting and other equipment, making final print images, and working the administrative duties such as billing, pricing and budgeting. The technical skills needed in line of photography job include images card, Photoshop, lighting systems, digital cameras, knowledge in computer applications and software program for editing the images and other photography equipments.

One of the best ways in searching for the right photography career is by using Internet. Internet sites like Monster Jobs and Yahoo’s Hot Jobs gives tools and advice for employers, job hunters and recruitment companies. There are several vocational-technical institutes, colleges, universities and technical schools that offered photography courses. The basic courses in this profession cover techniques, processes and equipment. Art schools provide functional training in composition and photographic design.

The salary of a photographer mostly in California, Illinois, Minnesota, Virginia and Washington DC ranges from $40,000 to $50,000 per year according to U.S. Department of Labor.

Job positions for Photography:

Forensic Photographer

Forensic Photographers are responsible in taking record, images and legal evidences or proofs itemized in the area of crime scene, forensic laboratory or hospitals and other crime prospect. They formulate visual aids and graphs for the demonstration of evidence. They provide the detailed record of the entire evidence at the crime scene, as well as overview photos, accurate pictures of tire marks, blood spatters, bullet holes, footprints, fingerprints and other evidence which can be used as grounds in hearing, trial, court proceedings and other investigation procedures. They consult with detectives, police, scientific or hospitals companies and quickly determine the kind of equipments needed. They search to portray the crime prospect from multiple standpoints, using operational and handy cameras. They choose the suitable cameras and recording machines. They utilize a kind of specialized materials and methods, as well as macro-photography, infrared and ultraviolet films, digital cameras, floodlights or reflectors, electronic flashes, and other technological tools and instruments that record scene by electronic means. They take several pictures and select from the best. They select lenses designed for medium range and close-up photography. They set up lights to accomplish the best balance and lighting for the theme or issue. They must maintain and check from time to time the condition of the entire equipments needed.

Forensic photographers also work for magazines, newspapers, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies, and medical illustrators. Others might work closely with private injury legal representatives, police force, detectives and other law firms to facilitate in gathering evidence for cases. These photographs are predominantly used for road traffic accidents, negligence, medical malpractice, injuries and effects of liability cases. This profession can be stressful and emotional; hence Forensics Photographers must always be equipped and prepared how to deal with such matters or issues including the grieving victims.

Other Forensic Photographers work as independent freelancers. They give forensic photograph imaging services to legal representatives or lawyers, insurance groups and some police forces. But most of them work directly to Forensic Science Service or police force as forensic photographer before working as freelancers.

Numerous forensic photographers start as assistants in order to learn the basic concerning cameras and forensics. Others choose to be an instructor at colleges or universities and teach those who will be assigned in police department. Currently, learning the digital cameras and skills in some computer program is important in order to have an advantage.

Educational attainment is not required in order to become a forensic photographer. Though, education nowadays is may be an advantage when searching for employment because of the competition in job market. Universities and colleges offer some special courses and training in field of photography and forensics.

The skills needed in order to become a successful and professional forensic photographer include broad knowledge and interest in science, criminology and photography, great dexterity, good sense of timing, patience, communication skills and awareness in new scientific technologies such as camera and computer.

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Study Poetry

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When you hear of Poetry, probably, you picture men with great intelligence and wide understanding. Poetry is always associated with rhyming words with deep and profound meaning. That’s why poetry has been invaluable for most of people. But if we look closely and begin to delve beyond what we think poetry is, we’ll find its importance in one’s life.

The term Poetry was derived from the Greek word poiesis which means, “a making”. Poetry evokes emotions which is evident to each and everyone. We all feel love, hatred, guilt, depression, comfort and such like. Poetry brings up these emotions. In simpler words, Poetry is the usage of language in an aesthetic form that leads to man’s emotions. The meaning is retained, the form and the structure remains the same, and the essence is still there over the years. It is a part of history, and a part of man’s existence as he writes down in records the things that he wishes to say and the emotions that he wants to portray.

How about the founder? Who started Poetry? Well, no one really “started” it. Many people believe that Poetry was born in the same time speech was given to man. That also answers the first paragraph, men with great intelligence aren’t only the ones who could really come to appreciate and like poetry.

Poetry, just like any other form of literature has a structure. In any type of Poetry, you would notice the there’s only a few words, few lines that could be divided by stanzas. This is also a unique feature of Poetry, in which a few words creates deep and striking realization and mood to its readers. Poetry comprises of several elements such as the rhythm, which refers to the beat of the poem. Yes! Even an ordinary poem needs a symphony to add on its beauty. You need to read the poem aloud to find and check its beat and is changed through the word’s syllables. Rhyme, this is just optional in any poem, basically refers to the last words of the first and second lines that would rhyme with each other or the first and the third, second and the fourth and so on. The meter is somewhat the same with the rhythm but the two can be distinguished. A poem is made up of blocks of lines, which convey a single thought. Within those groups of lines, a structure of syllables which follow the rhythm has to be included. Other elements are the stanzas and symbolism, which refers to representations of certain subjects.

A student who takes up Poetry could pursue the career of a writer. They can also take up a degree in Literature and then afterwards, go for a training in a magazine, newspaper or any other organizations that includes writing. Once they gain experience, then they can publish their own book/poetry. They could also work as freelance writer.

Poetry is not to be taken for granted. It has done its part of sharing and expressing the thoughts and feelings of the writer behind it. It’s time for you to express yours.

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Study Sacred Music

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Sacred Music is performed in church for liturgies, rites, prayers, devotions, or ceremonies. This is why students who major in sacred music are usually interested not only in music itself, but also in religion. The degree in Sacred Music will not simply be focusing on music skills, but also the skills, concepts and knowledge you will need as a church musician. A degree in sacred music will include courses in music performance, conducting, and religious studies. You will also be required to intern in a church situation, learning from experienced church musicians.

Personal Qualities

  • Genuine interest in religion and sacred music
  • Know how to play a music instrument
  • Discipline and perseverance
  • Enjoy liturgies and other church rituals

Study Options

Undergraduate and postgraduate programs of Sacred Music are available in various specialized institutions and seminaries, and include musical, historical, biblical and theological study. Course examples are worship, church music, hymnody, literature, applied music, composing, arranging, conducting, repertoire and children's choirs. You can prepare for the sacred music degree since high school by getting involved in your church music program; playing organ or piano for the choir; taking part in all kinds of liturgy; learning about many different faiths – what they believe and what their liturgies consist of.

Career Options

Graduates with a degree in Sacred Music pursue careers as Church organists, pianists or vocalists (including cantors and song leaders); Conductors of church choirs; Directors of Music Ministry; other administrative positions in churches (e.g. Youth Directors). Finally, there are some Sacred Music graduates who will also pursue further studies in the seminary.

Study Scenic Arts

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Study Scenography

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Study Scientific Media Design

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Study Sculpture

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The first thing that would probably come to mind when you hear the word “sculpture” is Michelangelo’s magnum opus - David. It is a magnificent work of art sculpted from Carrara marble, depicting King David in a contemplative pose before going into the battle with Goliath. This is perhaps one of the most famous works of sculpture and one of Renaissance’s finest creations done in 1501 to 1504. Five centuries had passed, but the sculpture’s popularity, greatness, and magical appeal remain - a free standing testament that great work stands the test of time. Since then, the art of sculpting has evolved. Modern artists, like Picasso, has revolutionized the art when he began his “creations” by combining objects into a single piece, like the untitled work he did in 1967 for the city of Illinois. Until now, the idea represented in the sculpture is unknown. Some speculations say that it is a bird; others say it’s a woman; while others believe that it’s a horse. The abstract figure is one of Chicago’s landmarks and is widely known today as “Chicago Picasso.”

A Sculpture is a three-dimensional artwork created or assembled from different moldable materials, like bronze, marble, gold, and ice among the popular ones. Some say that sculpting is the act of finding or bringing out the art form already embedded in a material. This is done through carving, shaping, and molding of material into an artwork. Being three-dimensional, a sculpture renders itself to be viewed from all angles. Symmetry, perspective, and detail are, therefore, of utmost importance for a sculpture to be remarkable or at least pass the critic’s scrutiny.

Sculpture is taught in art colleges in major universities worldwide. A few semesters are usually devoted to study this art form. Students are taught its history, principles, and techniques. Hours are usually devoted in studying the works of great sculptures, like Michelangelo, Donatello, Picasso, and Lipchitz to name a few who made it to be world famous in the field. The subjects under this field of study also orient the students on the different materials used in making sculptures and their suitability to different settings and environments. Students also learn the tools of the craft and their uses. One the other note, while it is true that the techniques of sculpting can be taught in schools, it cannot be denied that this vocation requires an innate talent in art. Not everybody has a gift of expressing thoughts, ideas, and feelings through visual means. Sculpting schools provide a venue for the students to hone their innate talent and an environment where the student could explore the possibilities of turning different materials into world famous works of arts.

Being a sculptor is very often a freelance work, much like being a painter or a photographer. Aspiring sculptors usually subject their creations to gallery owners and curators’ evaluation for the possibility of having the pieces exhibited in art shows and other events. These art galleries provide the necessary mechanism for artists to market their craft to the public. Artists with recognized works are sometimes commissioned to create pieces for institutions (both government and private) and individuals capable of paying lucrative sums.

Study Sound and Image Design

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Study Textile Design

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Textile design is a manner of creating designs for knitted and printed clothes. Designs for both printed textiles and woven often start with a sketch or drawing of the done or completed design. Sketches of woven textile patterns normally were transformed onto particular forms of graph paper named point papers which were utilized by the weavers in arranging their looms or textile machine. Most specialist or experts in designing textile usually use the computer-aided design software to produce specifically the above function.

India is one of the top sources for fabrics and textiles. As a matter of fact, no other country can equalize or level the depth, spread, size and competitiveness of the Indian clothes and textile industry. Furthermore, the worldwide elimination of trade barrier has improved the chances for sourcing from India.

Textile design demand special skills to make or produce innovative designs. The required skills are technical ability, creativity skills, marketing knowledge of textile industry, research and data handling, vital or decisive assessment and interpretation of materials, and ability in decision making. The primary part of textile designing implies the designing fabrics by utilizing the different method consisting of weaving, tracing embroidery, print technique, color detailing and decorating fabrics. The basic or work activities in textile design includes forming sets of samples design, coordinating with customers to plan and enhance designs, experimenting with fabric, texture and colors, visualizing new ground-breaking designs, attending regularly in trade exhibit and sustaining with coming out fashion trends.

A textile design studio consist of textile designers and functional with computers and design programs or software to give quality service and sustain professional standards. The studio design products contain floor covering, table linens, bed linens, curtains and pillows, etc. A design studio finally offers products for rummage sale to high status or prominent customers from throughout the world.

The required education in textile design is a bachelor degree. The required education in textile is dependent on person’s point of view and desire to achieve within this varied field. Line of work in production which operates and control by machine operators, dyers, patternmakers, quality inspectors and supervisor has a minimal or least educational requirements. Taking part or involvement in internships of a textile education program in few years is a useful way to determine what field of expertise within the textiles area a person desires to work and find out their required degree of education for employment. The first network for textile directors, contributors, teachers, directors and businesses countrywide is the Textile Society of America, Inc.; it releases a list of credited and recognized textile education programs on its internet site.

If the nature of the job is Business administration, it includes marketing, buying and distributing textiles, operations and logistics administration and supply chain. The said professions would demand either a bachelor's degree or a master's degree. Other occupations that are technological in nature, for instance artificial textiles development in engineering and chemistry are necessitate a graduate-degree education, whereas doctorate is needed for those concerned in research and development.

Job positions for Textile Design:

Textile Chemist

Textile chemistry is an extremely specialized field that utilizes the principles of the fundamental fields of chemistry to the comprehension and useful of textile or fabric materials, artistic modification into functional and desirable stuff or items. Textile Chemist spends their whole vocation working with textile materials and entails the printing, dyeing and finishing of textile utilizing chemical such as fiber fabric lubricants, fire retardants, surfactants, detergents, dyes, etc.

Textile materials are utilized in airbags, carpet, sewing thread, tire yarn, clothing, upholstery, etc. Other Textile Chemists are less oriented regarding manufacturing processes and instead they are more attentive in fiber technologies. Learning of textile chemistry starts with the familiarity of fibers both man-made and natural. Nowadays, the synthetic fibers are significant part of the textile business.

Textile Chemist may work in a plant, laboratory, or with clients discovering their desires and developing new products. As the business becomes international, scientists in this line of work are required to travel and must adjust rapidly to different markets and cultures.

Textile Chemists are hired internationally by chemical companies that produce the necessary chemical compounds from which artificial fibers are made. They are working in small dyeing houses that color carpets, yarns, fabric and fiber. Chemistry is significant in the entire functions, but the scientific content is more difficult in the part of polymer chemistry compare in coloring and finishing end.

The work activities to be performed by a Textile Chemist include study the organic and inorganic compounds to find out or discover the physical and chemical properties, structure, composition, reactions and relationship, using spectroscopy, chromatography and spectrophotometer methods; create, improve and customize merchandise, formulas, equipment, processes and problem-solving techniques; compose and analyze test data to determine equipment running or functioning effectiveness and also to identify the malfunctions equipment; and consult engineers and scientists to conduct studies of research project, translate test findings, or develop unusual or substandard tests.

Having a degree in textile is not mandatory to be employed in this kind of field. Though, education nowadays becomes an important part for searching employment because of the competition in job market. Textile chemistry is an extremely competitive field, and a Ph.D. or M.S. degree is essentially important to get ahead of the rest. The significant courses of study include analytical chemistry, organic chemistry and colloid chemistry. Intellectual capacity in manufacturing process and awareness with chemical engineering are significant requirements for employment. Numerous chemists in this line of work start as a polymer chemists.

The approximate salary of Textile Chemist particularly in UK ranges from $70,000 to $95,000 per year. But it also depends to the employer, area of the country, duties, projects and level of expertise.
The personal features that are required for a Textile Chemist include interest in the chemistry and the types of engineering that moves or enter into textile marketing and must anticipate the changes or adjustment and improvement of fundamental polymers and like utilizing their ability of materials to settle problems.

Textile Designer

Textile designers utilize their abilities and experience to create surface designs and work jointly which usually seen in carpet, clothes, fabrics, furnishing, tiles and upholstery to form an extensive range of products. Textile designers might be employed at boutiques, museums, fashion houses, textile companies, textile studios, garment manufacturers, theatres and among others. They usually work in studio or office from Monday to Friday and normally during office hours. Extra time might be needed to meet the deadlines. Some of textile designer may work in associated industry operations, such as designing greetings cards, ceramics, packaging and wrapping paper. They can also work as independent or freelance, consultants or established their own studios for textile design. Most freelance designer works as a commission or project basis. Self-employed or freelance designers may set their own working hours and usually work at home. Some use an agent but they must pay the agent for some percentage of their commission in finding them a job. For those who established their own business, they can use an agent to promote or advertise their collections to potential customers. Approximately, there are 12,000 textile designers employed throughout the UK particularly in London, Scotland, the North West, and the East Midlands.

The duties and responsibilities of textile designer include provides sets of sample designs, converse with clients to enhance lines of textiles and design, suggest to clients the what kind of yarns or fiber to be utilize, sketch designs using computer graph design or CAD software, choose the designs and color for making the fabric, paint designs for printing, give orders to machine technicians to assemble machines in a detail way, note down the technical information, suchlike dimension and types of yarn in order to estimate the cost of fabrics and explore the textile market for upcoming fashion movement or trends.

The required skills and personal qualities of textile designers include knowledge how to draw or sketch, creative, artistic; have an eye for texture, color and pattern; abilities in different materials, colors, marketing and the production procedures of textiles; able to forecast new styles or trends, communication and organizational skills, strong problem solving abilities or expertise, know how to limit the budget, knowledge in technologies like computer program (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, CAD software) and digital textile printing, and be able to work under pressure to meet the deadlines.

Other textile designer opportunities career for employment includes textile product designers, textile artists, production managers, self managing textile designers, small business operators, graphic designer, fashion designer and interior designer or photographer. Salary of most textile designer particularly in UK ranges from $30,000 to $55,000 per year. But it also depends by the employer, area of the country, duties, projects and level of expertise.

The required education for textile designer is either 4 year college course or 2 year associates course in textile design or related field. Training is normally obtained on the job. Art colleges and universities in all over the UK are offered design courses such as textile design, module on fabrics, fashion, soft furnishings, carpets and pattern.

Study Theatre, Performing Arts

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There is always a tendency for man to push the envelope, to try his capacities and limits. And that could be the reason why there is what we now know as Theatre and Performing Arts. When people bested nature and no longer saw it as a threat, idleness ensued. So what did they do? They told stories. Theatre and performing arts started out as a simple little thing called storytelling. People gathered during the night around campfires in order to listen to someone tell about his/her escapades and adventures during the day. He or she used his body, his/her voice and made different kinds of facial expressions in order for the storytelling be a compelling and interesting show. But now, performing arts is not just a pastime; for some, it is their source of income and their joy. Not only that but the performing arts is now considered as a heavyweight in the art world; one of the main branches being Theater.

Theatre came from the Greek word theatron, meaning “the seeing place”. This is where people gathered in order to mingle, hear about the latest news (or gossip) and of course, to be entertained. Basically, the theatre combines different art forms like music and dance into a single epic art form. So it is quite impossible for someone back in the day to NOT like the theatre because all the major performing arts were combined into one. So really, what makes up theatre and performing arts? Arguably speaking, some people consider anything as theatre as long as there is an audience and someone (or even something) is on stage. The theatre is mainly for entertainment purposes, with people acting out different stories written by playwrights, and the most famous of which was Shakespeare.

Theatre and Performing arts evolved at the same rate as new technological advancements came out. When electricity became widely used, the people involved in theatre and performing arts made use of it. Candles were no longer the only source of illumination. Some props that were impossible to make were now being made.

Theatre and performing arts is a very challenging field because even though you have to rely heavily on yourself, you must rely on others as well. A production will only come through if the director, producer, actors, designers, technicians and so on get along with each other – or at the very least, are civil towards each other. So despite the public’s opinion about actors and actresses (or whatever/whomever it is on stage) being the most important part of a production or play, the success doesn’t depend solely on their performance but on how the people backstage deliver as well. If the props and costumes are not good, then the whole thing isn’t believable. If the director doesn’t really know how to direct, then he/she could have the best actors on hand but still produce a play that will be criticized heavily. The simplicity and complexity of theatre and performing arts is what makes it very exciting.

Job positions for Theatre, Performing Arts:

Theatre Director

A Theatre Director, simply put, is the one responsible for the overall result of the production of a play. He or she is in charge of leading the staff – including the actors, designers, and technicians – and making sure that everything is in place. A theatre director’s job is tough but it sure has its benefits. First, their job is not boring and day to day activities change. Next, their thirst for creativity is usually quenched since they usually dabble in all the aspects of a play, from the creative down to the technical. Lastly, they are considered as visionaries in their field. They have the artistic license to change what goes on in a play.

But not all artistic people can become theatre directors. One must possess a few important qualities. First of all, a would-be theatre director must have excellent people skills. He/she should be able to communicate well in order to be able to express their ideas and opinions properly. Another important skill that theatre directors must possess is great management skills. In essence, a director is a manager, overseeing everything and everyone involved, from the actors to the lighting equipments. Other important characteristics include perseverance, dedication, enthusiasm, and the ability to know when to take risks. Many successful plays are the result of the combination of these things. But of course, innovation is very important. Otherwise, if a theatre director just “re-heats” a cookie cutter kind of story and claims it as his own, then the play wouldn’t be worth watching.

So what does it take to be a director? First of all, one must have a degree in English (or Literature), Theatre, Performing Arts or Music – actually, any degree involving theatre, directing or humanities. But there are cases of directors who succeeded in their field because of sheer wit, talent and luck alone – no educational background in anything related to theatre or directing. But a good background is always preferred by production and theatre companies. A good candidate shows good time management skills, excellent research capabilities; a tendency to make up innovative solutions and ideas and of course, good negotiation skills.

Most theatre directors today work freelance and rely on word of mouth in order to land jobs. That’s why it is important for aspiring theatre directors to meet with already established directors. Better yet, try working for them. Most directors start out as assistant directors in order to gain more experience and later on become full-fledged directors in their own right. In order for one to become fully established, at least ten years of good output and reputation is required. But of course there are those who skip a few years and become reputable despite their lack of age.

A theatre director’s salary is like that to an actor’s – sometimes high, sometimes none but always negotiable. The lack of source of income in some months could be supplemented by making use of talents in other jobs like setting up workshops, teaching in schools, scriptwriting and so on.

Actor/Actress

The people who study theatre and performing arts mostly want to become professional actors and actresses. Contrary to what some people may think, Hollywood isn’t the only place where actors and actresses are needed. Actors are needed in radio, film, advertisements, and independent film productions and so on. They are also needed in theme parks, cabarets and even in clubs. But even though there is a demand, the competition is tough and one must really persevere in order to succeed in the business. Although some people who really want to act study in schools, there are those people who stumble into acting accidentally. But there is a big advantage for those who studied acting because those who didn’t will have to learn about acting as they go along, whereas those who studied need only to put into practice all that they’ve learned so far in order to hone their craft.

So what does it take to be an actor? First of all, one must persevere. Although acting is a very rewarding job, one must understand that acting jobs don’t come all year round. There will be times when an actor will have long months ahead of him without a job while on some days, he/she will have acting jobs here and there. Another reality that would-be actors face is that they will struggle if they really want to be well-known and highly paid actors. Although there are lucky people who “stumbled” upon acting and succeeded, the reality is that when they were discovered, from that day onwards, they did their best and improved their performance every single time. Another important quality for an actor to have is “star quality”. What this means is that they should be able to connect with their audience and win their seal of approval. Also, they must be able to adapt in different environments, work under pressure and most importantly, deal with different kinds of people. An added bonus if they have other kinds of talents as well beside from acting, like, dancing and singing.

Many want to be in the business but sadly, only few make it to the top. Some actors only gain popularity and the attention they deserve when they’ve been in the business for a long time, while some get attention even if they are still young. The good thing about actors is they are no longer tied to just acting on stage or in front of a camera. They are now needed in order to make audio books, do voiceovers for animated films, TV shows and even in ads on both radio and TV. And when they’ve become experienced and well-known in their field, they can teach a new generation of actors and actresses in schools. Stars who are highly successful usually give off the impression that actors earn a lot, which is not true. Not everyone has high wages. But acting in itself is a very rewarding career choice, so, maybe the earnings won’t really matter in the end.

Study Theory and Composition

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The history of music is long and cannot be tackled in a single article. It is important to note, however, that music evolved from its earliest purpose of keeping and teaching the history or culture of tribes, to become an artistic and individualistic expression of one’s personality or mood. Music has also become a tool for scientists to study the development of the human mind especially in the part biology cannot analyze. With this in mind, it will come as no surprise that degrees in music are popular among students who are interested in understanding and making music.

Theory and Composition is one of the degrees often taken by students interested in music. It is a program in music that is designed for students who want to develop their creativity and to gain broad and deep knowledge in music. Students who want to take this program will learn how to compose music by understanding how melody, harmony, and rhythm come together by understanding the language of music. Classes will involve many training sessions that will sharpen the students’ listening skills. Students will also learn how to write down chords and melodies and to analyze the structure of musical pieces. This program also involves activities such as reading, writing, performing, discussing, and listening to different kinds of music in order to learn from them.

This program is a combination of two specializations in music. The first one, music composition, offers courses that prepare students to become composers who have enough creative vision, depth, and knowledge to write music. It is difficult to become a successful composer; it requires innate talent and music inclination. With the right exposure and training, however, students can develop creative, critical, aesthetic, and intellectual musical skills. They will learn about the history of music, the basic and advanced fundamentals of conducting, and performance which requires students to perform a piano piece. Other courses such as humanities, philosophy of music, communication, social sciences, and even math are required to broaden the students’ knowledge and to prepare them for the professional life after graduation.

Music theory, the other half of this program, focuses on providing theoretical knowledge that will accompany the students’ applied musical skills. Students will be able to research the traditional disciplinary boundaries of music. They will learn about the Schenkerian theory, theory and analysis of the 20th century, contemporary music, history of music theory, musical perception, musical cognition, computing and music, jazz, and popular and ethnic music. They will also have to attend symposia that will be the venue for the students to present their papers and researches. Students will also be given a chance to edit and publish their music theories through their respective university or school journals. Contemporary applications of music such as in multimedia presentations will be studied through programming languages such as C, C++, Java, etc. Students will be able to produce MIDI files that are often used as acoustic or as background music in web pages.

Graduates of this program will find many opportunities waiting for them because of their excellent practical skills, creativity, and broad knowledge of contemporary production. Job opportunities available to graduates are, but not limited to, the following: composer, art administrator, music teacher, librarian, musician and singer, and recreational therapists.

Study Video Game Design

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Market analysts have stated that the video game sector will be the fastest growing entertainment in the industry and they have been right about this. Recent reports have shown that in 2004, this division has produced more than US$25 billion alone and after five years it has expanded to US$55 billion. This is why there are a lot of students who want to take this great chance for them to have an excellent career in the future. There are actually plenty of schools that offer study programs for Video Game Design. You can also acquire this degree online, which is a good opportunity for the working adults.

Trained video game designers are in demand these days especially for the top game producers in the world. Typically, the Video Game Design Bachelor Degree programs include interactive programming, software engineering, narrative development, and game physics among others.

Students are required to use their knowledge in logic, critical thinking and show off their problem solving abilities so that they will be able to create challenging yet satisfying designs for the gamers.

Video Game Design is a combination of computer science and graphic arts. Basically, the course teaches the students on how they will be able to design and produce an original game as well as develop their analytical skills when it comes to all aspects of game theories and design. Students will surely enjoy the learning experience because the program will involve a lot of hands-on experience and activities but they are being supervised by professional video game designers.

Whether you may be a full time student or you will only study during your free time, there are several options that you can choose from so that it will suit your time and career aspirations. Most community colleges offer an Associate Degree or even a Bachelor Degree in Graphic Arts or Computer Sciences. If you pursue this training, you will decide if you want to transfer to a college where they provide a four-year course for the subject area. This will enable you to take up a master’s degree for Video Game Design.

Those individuals who are interested in designing video games with the help of the latest technology will be facing up a great deal of challenges as they take their hobby into a professional level. They should be able to learn about the coordination of several game aspects such as the game mechanics, programming, visual arts, production process, narrative and audio categories. These aspects have their own separate elements in designing, which makes the training difficult yet stimulating for the learners. Designers should have a good mentality regarding the activities that the players will most likely want to be involved in. These comprise of racing, shooting, building, commanding, collecting, escaping, role playing and trading.

With the training programs that you have gained, you will surely have a place in the growing video game industry. This crucial step will allow you to have a bright career future as you enjoy your rewards.

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Game Documentation Writer

Over the past few years, the video game industry has rally boomed and this is why there are a lot of students who want to become a part of the business. If you have just finished a Video Game Designer course, you can be a qualified Game Documentation Writer. Writers or communicators are not only needed in the game so that they will be able to fill the instruction booklet. They are truly essential in meeting the demands and the needs of the customers so that they will be satisfied with the final product.

In video game creation, documentation and organization of the essential information are very important. At the present time, there is no existing standard uniform when it comes to writing and documentation of the game data. In this case, there is truly a requirement for technical communicators. A Game Documentation Writer’s job is quite complex but with the training he has gained, there is no doubt that he will be able to completely manage his duties.

Some game designers and programmers generate the documentation of the game. With the right training, a writer will be able to decipher the difficult information so that it will be more understandable. Video game documentation is the backbone where the other video game aspects rest in terms of the production.

In addition, a Game Documentation Writer should also possess the designing skills needed for the production of the game. This is because this is highly needed so that they can create and analyze the design in order to document the whole purpose of the game effectively. Hence, documentation writers for the game play a vital role so that the users will be able to understand more clearly the objective of the game as well as for the developers. This is because they will be able to comprehend and recognize what the designers of the game really want to create.

An effective documentation allows the game coders and the programmers to have a clear conception of the ideas of each and everyone of them while they are in the process of designing the game. Game Documentation Writers are like translators but instead of word languages, they interpret technical languages. It is also the job of a communicator in the gaming industry to give detailed information regarding the installation and even how the consumers will be able to troubleshoot the game when they encounter some problems. Furthermore, they also write reports and articles as well as newsletters and sales proposals. As demanding as it may seem, if you have the appropriate knowledge you will be able to finish your tasks with flying colors.

Writers are required to cerate a rough draft first and as soon as they are through, they must submit it to the editor who will write suggestions and corrections. When that process is complete, the Game Documentation Writer may assist in the documentation plan for the publication. Being a Game Documentation Writer is a great opportunity for those who want to earn money while they are enjoying what they do.

Video Game Designer

When we speak of the video game industry, we are pertaining to the multi-billion dollar business that has taken the world by storm. After you have taken up the course, the next step is to apply for a job. No worries here because the career doors will open widely if you have sufficient knowledge in game design. It is quite necessary that you have a degree for Video Game Design so that you will be able to reach your goals easily. This is what big companies are always looking for next to the natural instinct of designers about whether a game is good or bad.

Once you are hired, you will be working alongside other people. Video Game Designers often work with a group of people that they can consider as their team. They usually come from different types of fields and if you successfully get the effort together, you will be able to create a new video game. A designer for video games has many variations in career positions that he can choose from. You can either be a character artist or an animator. A character artist is also known as a storyboard. The person involved in this is the one responsible for creating the skeleton sketches of the characters in the game as well as the environment. He also paints the different game elements. Those who have been trained for graphic design are mostly suited for this position.

The animators, on the other hand, generate the characters in the game and they are in charge of giving the game a real feel and appearance as they incorporate their knowledge in the 3D programs. As we all know, creating a game is a tedious process and video game designing is only one of them but this is among the major stages. Normally, the design team is made up of a lead designer along with other levels. The latter creates the correct environment for the player and applies the necessary production so that the game will turn out to have a good impact on the clients.

A video Game Designer should have an interest in video games. This is important since most companies would like to hire someone who has a good understanding when it comes to the game’s design and the other aspects. It is also significant that you are capable of solving problems. This is because in designing a video game, you will encounter bugs and problems as your team creates the game. Big companies are also looking for people who are able to accomplish their tasks on or before the specified deadline. This is very much needed as the gaming industry is working at a fast pace.

A Video Game Designer should have all the patience needed to create the game but it is also required that the things you are doing are very efficient. Although it may be complicated to create a video game, there has bean a survey that the video game designers in the United States earn around $73,000 annually.

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It has been said often the old advice “When you go out, bring a handkerchief with you.” But if you can’t, better push inside your pocket, or tuck in your purse or bag disposable surgical mask for use against contagious airborne disease. It is tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases that is the first in the list of killers of mankind.

As soon as we step down from our homes, smoke, smug, and dust fervently welcome us. Embedded in all these innocent looking elements are toxic and virulent bacteria and viruses of all kinds. Dust particles contain excreta of dust mite which is very tiny to be able to enter the body through inhaling. This initiates allergic respiratory reaction which causes asthma, influenza, colds, and even generates the onset of pneumonia.

Students or non-students, onsite workers or office employees are possible victims of respiratory disease and even tuberculosis, which in 2007 there were 13.7 million chronic cases, 9.3 million further cases, and 1.8 million deaths occurring mostly in poorer countries and having less advanced industries especially Africa, Latin America and Asia. Medical students learn in school that tuberculosis begins to spread when a person with the diseases coughs and sneezes. Those around or near him contract the disease unwarily.

The Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute of the University of Delhi is one school that offers courses such as Tuberculosis & Respiratory Diseases and Diploma in Tuberculosis & Chest Diseases. The school also provides programs in different specialties that relate to chest diseases, and the advancement of the up-to-the-minute diagnostic technology. The Lala Ram Swarup Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases offer a three-year graduate course on Respiratory Medicine; the Rostov State Medical University with nearly 400 foreign students annually who receive the degree of science offer other degree courses and programs such as Medicine, Surgery, Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology, etc.

Other schools where a student could take up the course on Tuberculosis & Respiratory Disease: University of Delhi, Bukovinian State Medical University, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Sichuan University in China, Barts and the London School of Medicine, and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Syllabus is: Theoretical Knowledge, Clinical Skills, Practical Skills, Management of Medical Emergencies, and Preparation of a dissertation. Subjects from the first year to the last year are: Applied Basic sciences to pulmonary medicine; Paper I-Tuberculosis (Pulmonary and Extrapulmonary); Paper II-Non tuberculosis Respiratory diseases; and Paper III-Recent advances in respiratory medicine. After finishing the course, the graduate is conferred the degree and Diploma in Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases, or the Diploma in Tuberculosis & Respiratory Diseases.

The student of Tuberculosis & Respiratory Disease learns that when a person with a fallen immune system receives the bacteria, the microorganism could enter the respiratory system and can even spread to other organs. People with lowered immune system are those who have AIDS or HIV, elders, and those that have other diseases. Tuberculosis bacteria spreads from the infected lungs to the kidneys, spine, to the Meninges (tissue that covers the brain), the female reproductive organs (mother can transmit the disease to the unborn child), and other organs of the body. The spreading bacteria if uncontained and untreated are fatal and could lead to death.

Students learn the symptoms of tuberculosis. These are loss of weight and appetite; fever, and sweating at night; coughing that lasts three or more weeks (breathing or coughing is painful and shortness of breath); faintness of muscle; feeling exhausted and worn out; swollen neck (infection of the lymph nodes); prickly and stinging in the hands and or feet. Tuberculosis does not omit young or old, does not select race or gender, or level of income. Tuberculosis causes death to people who 1. are working or living with other people that have tuberculosis; 2. people who are not given medical care; 3. people from countries where tuberculosis is widespread; 4. people with no homes; 5. people (old and ailing) who live in caring homes and receiving up keeping and medical treatment; 6. people who drink too much alcohol, and use intravenous injections; 7. people who are immune deficient; 8. health givers who are often in close dealings with residents that have a high degree of exposure to the disease; 8. the aged.

Tuberculosis, as the medical students know, may have been a closer kin to other respiratory disease such as pneumonia (next respiratory killer to TB) and lung cancer (welcoming recipients are heavy cigarettes smokers, and workers in hazard-polluted environment) with very slight disparity. Like tuberculosis, asthma and other diseases of the respiratory system need long-term medical treatment, whereas colds, influenza (highly contagious disease of the lungs), and allergies, although have no cure, typically do not pose danger to life.

In the course of the study, there are medicines for tuberculosis such as antibiotics, but these medicines do not cure diseases caused by viruses. Cold virus does not succumb to antibiotics and even to vaccine. As to date, no vaccine has been developed as safeguard against colds. Doctor’s attention and medication are necessary when there is onset of tuberculosis and other respiratory disease.

After graduation, job placement is not difficult to seek. He can get job from different private and government clinical centers, hospitals, and schools.

Graduates of the course can pursue career in laboratory hospitals or clinics as diagnostic or laboratory technicians.

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Since the introduction of the Internet to the general public, communication took an exponential jump by leaps and bounds. In the pre-internet age, people rely heavily on telephone for voice communication and the post office for mail services. In the past, mails, especially those internationally bound, takes weeks to reach intended recipient and sometimes never reach them at all. Also, incidences of tampering have been noted and therefore the integrity of mails is suspected especially for those businesses reliant on information. But with the onset of Internet, middlemen such as post offices are somewhat irrelevant. The Internet age not only revolutionized the way people mail each other but the swiftness of passing information is really the major point why it has flourished. To view information on the Internet, a viewer, or more aptly, a surfer, needs to go to a particular web page. These so called web pages contain the contents where relevant information and messages are posted. Making a web page or address falls on the field of Web Design. As the saying goes, nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd still rings true in the Internet. Because of the increasing Internet usage of the general public, businesses, government and awareness campaigns are now utilizing the power of the Internet.

Basically, web design focuses on presenting hypertext protocols that will be viewed by an end-user by means of the information superhighway, which is the World Wide Web. Web design also have evolved in a very short span of time, from Tim Berners-Lee’s, publisher of the first website, to the highly interactive sites that are now commonly seen on almost every popular websites. Because of the advances in software and utilities, credit card payments, online chat, GPRS tracking like tracking a FedEx parcel, among others were made possible thanks to the genius of web designers.

Usually, especially for commercial websites, there are four aspects that are considered. First is the content, which is the actual information an end-user will find relevant. Consider browsing a website of a restaurant. The content of the restaurant’s website usually would contain its menu and prices and other things that a customer may find relevant to a restaurant. Naturally, finding information about the weather on restaurant website would be very unlikely. The second is its usability or user-friendliness. How an end-user can easily navigate a particular website is important. The easier to go about a website, the possibility of an end-user visiting the site again would be very likely. Third, is the appearance of the website. Since commercial websites are considered a marketing tool by the publishing company, they make the website as pleasing to the eye as possible. The incorporation of pictures, the style of text, colors used and the layout itself is very important from an advertising point of view. And the fourth is the visibility of the site. Web designers must also make sure that the website they are designing would be easy to look for once certain keywords are typed from search engines.

Reliance on the Internet is becoming higher and higher among users. The field of Web Design is yet just starting to uncover its potentials. Those studying and planning to study Web Design are sure to have millions of opportunities ahead of them and with it, hopefully, millions of bucks.

Job positions for Web Design:

Flash Animator

Flash animators are now becoming increasingly in demand due largely to the rising popularity of youtube.com which utilizes Flash-based animations and videos. Flash animation has been developed for quite some time now but only few took interest in the field as there was not much avenue to play Flash-based animation. Bandwidth may also be pinpointed as the reason why Flash animation was not readily accepted by the Internet loving populace. In the 90’s, commonly used bandwidth was about 56kbit/s but since then have now increased enough that downloading Flash-based animation would just take minutes instead of hours. During the time when dial-up connection was still common mode of connection of household users, usually, it takes too long to queue a website that has Flash-based animation. Thanks to DSL, Flash-based videos can now viewed in a jiffy even by desktop computers.
Not only in youtube but almost every website now is incorporating Flash animation or Flash-based videos on their website. Websites of big name companies usually have deep pockets to afford the services of flash animators who make it a point to have their website inserted with Flash-based animation or videos. Having their products in a flash-based video is like having an advertisement that is way relatively cheaper than compared to running a 30-second spot ad on television. Flash videos have really changed the way websites operate. Nowadays, a desktop without a flash player installed is like a blind computer as it won’t be able to view all the features popular sites are offering. Websites with Flash videos have become very dynamic and more appealing to the young, which dominate all demographics of internet users.

In relation to web design, Flash animators are readily sought to put into motion particular effects a website owner or a graphic artist may want. A client may specify that he/she may want to add letters zooming in then out or perhaps the name of the company appearing and disappearing every 5 seconds, and usually, a Flash animator is the man to contact to for these kinds of jobs. In a nutshell, a Flash animator is an effects man.

Since the Internet is a user traffic based industry, flashy websites (no pun intended) tend to have more traffic than those with few or no effects at all. But really, the real money in the Internet is on the advertisements. Unlike in television, where the norm is 30 seconds for one spot ad, a normal web ad may just take about 5 to 10 seconds, taking into consideration that the site visitor might just be surfing. A web ad should be able to convey its message across in about 5 to 10 seconds to a web surfer that’s why web ads are effects heavy in order to prod a website visitor to hold on much longer and see the full run of a web ad.

Opportunity-wise, a Flash animator charges one of the highest rates among web-based jobs as free-lancers who usually charges per second of media run time. Employment among Web Design firms, business solutions firms or just about any website with heavy traffic would readily welcome a well-seasoned Flash animator in its team.

Graphic Designer

One of the important aspects of web design is the overall appearance of a website. Blending of colors, the size of text, the layout, and theme usually are commissioned to a graphic artist or graphic designer.
Traditionally, graphic artists are employed by media advertising firms to provide aesthetics to visual ads. Before, graphic artists are called in to work on brochures, posters, billboards, print ads and other types of media pertaining to the visual sense but with the proliferation of websites, graphic artists are also now a vital cog in a web design team. As with any visual media form, a graphic artist’s responsibility is to present information with aesthetics as its primary consideration.

To be a graphic artist in a web design team would call for a deep knowledge in at least one of graphic design software such as Adobe Creative Suite, Auto CADD, Corel Draw and other similar software. On top of proficiency on graphic related software, a degree in an art school is usually required, although not always required but talent in visual arts is a must. Web graphic artists should also be able to comprehend HTML protocols and other program languages in order to effectively design websites.

A graphic artist may be asked to do some line art, decide the shades and hue and present two or three dimensional objects, collate images or moving graphics, draw sketches, fine prints, bookplates, intaglio prints, lithographs, and serigraphs. Anything that will add impact on a website visually is the responsibility of a graphic artist. Because of digital magic, creation of effects has been somewhat easier for graphic artists but this entailed them to learn another skill that is photography. Once a picture is in a digital format, almost anything is possible. Like for example, a kitten’s head could be easily transposed to a body of a human. Years ago, this effect would have taken tedious work but now with software readily available even to non-professionals it will just takes minutes as long as an individual knows how to dabble with the software.

A good example of an effective graphic artist is the artist who did the visuals of the Yahoo website. The Yahoo website, being a very popular web portal, the graphic artist was able to effectively space together the voluminous bits of information that can be found there. With the use of pictures and icons, visitors of the site can easily go to the articles that are of interest to them. Going to a particular field of interest is very easy as they flash photos of persons or things associated with particular news. Despite of so many things posted there in the website, like say, going to the sports section particularly basketball is very easy as you can already see photos of Michael Jordan or Lebron James which are usually beside a group of words that obviously would contain news about basketball or the NBA.
The Internet industry, now becoming a cut-throat industry as lots and lots of players are emerging everyday, and Internet traffic is becoming the name of the game, graphic artists would always be in the frontline as the success of a website may be just a matter of how good a website looks and how it was laid out.

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