Career development and professional practice skills are critical for artists and an integral part of the illustration program and School of Art curricula.
In addition to the tools acquired in your program, you may take advantage of the College of Visual and Performing Arts' Professional Practices in Visual Arts course, which prepares students to become professional, working artists. You may also wish to consider two global study opportunities in Los Angeles. The Ginsburg-Klaus Art in Los Angeles Week (also known as “Art in LA”) offers VPA M.F.A. students the opportunity to undertake an intensive investigation of art collections housed in the city’s most significant museums, as well as visit galleries and contemporary studios to hear from prominent artists, curators, and gallery owners, many of whom are accomplished SU alumni. An outgrowth of Art in LA, the Turner Semester is a pilot residency program for a small cohort of M.F.A. students. The program allows the students to experience the arts of the West Coast and to live and work in San Pedro (the Los Angeles Harbor area) during the spring semester.
Visiting and resident artists and scholars are a wealth of professional knowledge, and you will have the opportunity to interact with them throughout your Syracuse education. In addition to the numerous visiting artist events in the School of Art and VPA, you can attend University Lectures, Syracuse Symposium events, and more.
You can apply the skills you learn in the studio and classroom in professional settings by voluntarily participating in an internship, which refines technical proficiency, develops professional confidence, and bridges the gap between college and the professional world.
SU’s Career Services can serve as a resource for you. They can assist with your resume, LinkedIn profile, interviewing skills, or other job application materials and concerns.