Maybe you march to beat of your own drummer. Maybe you notice yourself spending more time on your creative hobbies than your homework. Maybe you know you get bored with the same old routine. Any of these reasons might be cause for exploring a major that allows you to practice and refine your creative talents. Here are some ideas to consider:
Fine Arts and Applied Art Majors
Let’s start with the obvious. Fine arts majors offer very direct ways of honing your craft, whether it involves visual art, music, or theatre. Related majors at Baylor include:
- Apparel Design and Product Development
- Apparel Merchandising
- Interior Design
- Art History
- Studio Art
Communication and Creative Business Majors
Many students have a gift for written expression. Others are able to apply creative business strategies to help increase profit for an organization or use their business savvy for an employer in the arts and entertainment industry. Here are some related majors to consider:
- Communication Specialist
- Film and Digital Media
- Communication Studies
- Professional Writing
- Media Business
Majors for Innovators
Some creative problem solvers might not describe themselves as creative in the artistic sense of the word. However, the mind for approaching dilemmas from new and varied perspectives is definitely a creative asset. Though this type of thinking can apply in any industry, it is often found in those with interests in some of the following areas:
- Science majors
- Engineering majors
It is important to remember that each of us is equipped with creative potential, and any discipline has opportunities to explore and develop. Take a look at the list of Baylor majors. What ignites a creative spark in you?
A dream come true for many, video game development is a growing field with opportunities for many different kinds of professionals. Each year, Game Developer Magazine publishes a Career Guide that can be viewed online. Included in their “Salary Survey” are programmers, artists/animators, game designers, producers, and others. This year’s guide has more than 125 pages of information for the aspiring game developer. Below are links that will allow you to explore Baylor majors that could help prepare you for a career in game development:
Computer Science (Gaming Concentration)
Studio Art (Graphic Design Concentration)
English and Professional Writing
Film and Digital Media
Writing. Editing. Publishing. Whether you dream of informing the public of current events, entertaining others with your wit and creativity, or contributing to a scholarly body of knowledge, gaining experience in publishing can give a major boost to your career and graduate school opportunities. Consider where your writing or editing skills might best be put to use in publications on Baylor’s campus.
The Round Up
Music can inspire emotions, dreams, and actions. Many students find so much meaning in music that they want involvement in music to be their life’s work. Classical musicians usually train from childhood, then go on to major in music at a university or study at a conservatory. What about the rest of the musicians and music fans out there?
The Berklee College of Music has put together an extensive list of various roles within the music industry. You can learn more about the occupations of musicians and singers, as well as many related occupations, by visiting the Occupational Outlook Handbook. The University of North Carolina-Wilmington and Northern Illinois University have compiled list of links pertinent to students with interests in careers in music.
Students are required to audition in order to major in music at Baylor. However, an audition is not required to minor in music or church music. Non-majors may also participate in bands, orchestras, and choirs, as well as registering for music classes as a non-major. For more information on programs through the School of Music at Baylor, visit their website.
Each year, students inspired by HGTV and Southern Living magazine question if a career in interior design might be a good fit for them. There are many ways to learn about the profession, such as college courses, job shadowing, and conversations with faculty.
What if you want to learn more about this career at 2:00 a.m.? In that case, you might want to begin with this web resource: Careers in Interior Design. Several associations made up of interior designers came together to provide a thorough explanation of the career to students. They address questions like, “How is an interior designer different from a decorator?”
If designing useful and aesthetically appealing spaces sounds like a good career choice for you, keep in mind that Baylor offers an interior design major, which you can learn more about on the Baylor website.
What is music therapy? According to the American Music Therapy Association,
Music Therapy is an allied health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, psychological, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, the client’s abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of his or her life. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in the music therapy profession supports the effectiveness of music therapy in many areas such as facilitating movement and overall physical rehabilitation, motivating people to cope with treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for the expression of feelings.
Music therapy courses are not offered at Baylor, so current students interested in this field are encouraged to pursue either a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music Education degree. After graduation, students can apply to a graduate program specifically for music therapy.
Please visit Musictherapy.org for more specific details about this fascinating and enriching field. You may also want to do some informational interviewing with music therapists in your area. Musictherapy.org provides a directory where you can search for music therapists. The Center for Music Therapy, located in Austin, TX, offers a workshop to discover more about this field and also has lots of information on their website: www.centerformusictherapy.com.
If you are looking for a way to blend your musical gift with an active helping profession, music therapy might just be the direction to take!