You Don’t Need to Be a Starving Artist

Graduates from the FHSU Department of Art and Design are highly sought after graphic designers, Web designers, interior decorators, educators and more. Your options are only as limited as your imagination and your ambition. With an excellent academic program, strong faculty mentorship and connections throughout education, industry and the non-profit world, you’ll be more than ready to pursue a career in art.

Possible careers in art and design include:

  •  Interior Designer
  • Artist
  • Art Director
  • Art Instructor
  • Video industry designer
  • Advertising designer
  • Art appraiser
  • Gallery owner
  • Graphic Designer
  • Gallery Manager
  • Design Manager
  • Motion Picture design affiliate
  • Publication designer
  • Illustrator
  • Art Consultant
  • Exhibition manager

Still not sure what to do with a degree in art or design? Contact the Department of Art and Design to speak with a faculty advisor or visit FHSU’s Academic Advising and Career Exploration web site for lots of information about other possible careers.

Our Art and Design graduates - out in the world

Michael Sizemore (2006)
Tigé Boats, Inc.
Abilene, TX

Tigé manufacturers inboard boats used in water sports. I work with our Senior Designer Danny Gutierrez (also an FHSU graduate) and our Web Developer. FHSU gave me the tools to go out into the world with confidence. The concepts we learned are priceless. I learned how to look at the world through different eyes. Being a designer, inspiration can be hard to come by and at FHSU I was taught from the very beginning how to use the resources we had to create top-level design, even on a small budget. The FHSU staff (especially my Graphics instructors) are second to none! I challenge any college to find professors who care as much about their students as the ones at FHSU. I interned at Tigé and attended gallery walks and shows while at FHSU. Being involved with the arts I became inspired by other artists. The artists/designers at FHSU are some of the best in the country and to see their work constantly on display at Art Walks and in galleries made me become inspired to bring my work to the next level.

Travis Schlitter (2001, 2004)
Motion Graphics Artist
Barkley Evergreen & Partners Inc.
Kansas City, KS

What started as a small, inward facing group has grown to be a major asset to Barkley, the advertising agency at which I am employed. I work in motion design because I believe it is a logical progression from print and the direction the industry is moving. I've been fortunate enough to be involved with a lot of award-winning work over the last few years, and I can't see myself doing anything else. Fort Hays helped by teaching me about the power of a great idea. I learned how to work hard and challenge myself. The design knowledge I acquired as an undergraduate would have been sufficient enough to land a job, but the freedom to expand my skills in graduate school really put me where I am today. While attending FHSU, I had a built-in internship and completed a wide range of design projects for RANS, my family’s aircraft and bicycle design company. Nothing can take the place of experience. Doing a job with real clients, real money and real deadlines while still in school is extremely valuable.