ERIC Number: ED376766
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Career Perceptions of College Art Students: A Qualitative Case Study.
Thaller, Eva A.
This qualitative study examined how college students majoring in Studio Art perceived their undergraduate educational experiences and the impact of this education on their post-college plans. Data were gathered through written questionnaires completed by 22 students, in-depth interviews with 6 students, and on-site participant observation. Findings included the following: (1) respondents seemed very dedicated to art and creating art was the primary focus of their educational experience; (2) most did not take any job-related courses; (3) female students were less committed to continuing art, had less confidence in their art career skills, and had more diverse and demanding interest outside art; (4) most were pleased with their art courses; (5) most students were expecting to have a very difficult time after graduation and expected to support themselves primarily in low-paying, "menial jobs"; (6) students tended to rely on art faculty for individual career guidance; (7) many students were planning to attend graduate school in art; and (8) none of the students had used the college's career services center. (Contains 22 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Nashville, TN, November 1994).