The College of Fine Arts has a strong focus on college-to-career success as it emphasizes experiential learning opportunities that help students transition successfully into the working world. The college offers multiple programs that help undergraduate and graduate students pursue valuable internship experiences, networking opportunities and professional development programming created specifically for arts students.
Fine Arts Career Services
Fine Arts Career Services (FACS) offers resources tailored to College of Fine Arts undergraduate and graduate students. FACS career advisors work extensively with students to prepare them for an increasingly competitive arts industry through workshops, guest speaker series, one-on-one advising sessions, internship courses and a job board just for Fine Arts students and alumni.
Led by Executive Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Jan Ryan, entrepreneurship programs in the College of Fine Arts aim to empower students to embody the entrepreneurial mindset and to teach them how to tap into their creative potential. The College of Fine Arts is working to build a community of creative entrepreneurs through the speaker series Pathways to Entrepreneurship and courses in creative entrepreneurship offered through the Center for Integrated Design.
Intern Scholarship Funding
Fine Arts Careers Services (FACS) and the College of Fine Arts offer need-based scholarships to undergraduate and graduate fine arts majors to give all students the opportunity to professionalize their artistic and entrepreneurial ambitions. Students may apply for up to $2,000 of funding to support their internship experience. Students who are traveling outside of Austin for their internship may apply for an additional $1,000 to use towards travel and lodging.
Professional Development Travel Initiative
The College of Fine Arts and Fine Arts Career Services (FACS) also offer financial support to qualifying groups of students who design their own professional development travel opportunities through the Professional Development Travel Initiative (PDTI). The PDTI provides up to $700 per student for short-term (3-5 day) group travel to professional development opportunities. All currently enrolled undergraduates whose majors are in the College of Fine Arts are eligible to apply.
Studio Art Course in Professional Practices
Led by a rotating group of Studio Art faculty who are professionally active, this course focuses on writing an artist statement and resume, as well as learning about writing and applying for exhibition, grant and residency opportunities.