TheArtCareerProject.com http://www.theartcareerproject.com The Art Career Project Wed, 06 May 2015 20:03:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 15 Noteworthy Art Professors in Miami http://www.theartcareerproject.com/noteworthy-art-professors-miami/11693/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/noteworthy-art-professors-miami/11693/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:43:17 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11693 A city that didn’t rise to real national prominence until after World War II, Miami is now one of the 50 most populous cities in the country and the Miami metropolitan area is one of the 10 most populous metro area in the country. As the city’s population has risen, so has its relevance and […]

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Miami ArtA city that didn’t rise to real national prominence until after World War II, Miami is now one of the 50 most populous cities in the country and the Miami metropolitan area is one of the 10 most populous metro area in the country. As the city’s population has risen, so has its relevance and influence nationally. It may not have been on the scene for as long as cities like Chicago and New York and Boston, but in the last 50-60 years, the city of Miami and, more generally, South Florida, has developed into a major international, financial, and cultural center. It’s the culture and artistic diversity that we won’t to focus on, because Miami’s status as a hub for immigration from places like Haiti and Cuba make it one of the most artistically and culturally diverse city in the country. Simply put, it is a terrific city for aspiring artists interested in careers in art. But while the musical and artistic profile of the city are relatively well-known, many of the cities’ most talented artists were products of the area’s bustling array of higher education institutions. The city is full of excellent schools for higher learning and with those prestigious universities come some of the most accomplished and experienced art professors anywhere. We understand that it is hardly fair to focus on just 15 professors because there are so many good ones, but for the sake of sanity, we had to keep the list relatively short, so enjoy.

John ManzelliJohn Manzelli, Theatre Professor, Barry University

It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to tell your friends that your new theatre professor is best-known for choreographing fights, but that is exactly what students who take Manzelli’s class can brag about. After receiving training in stage combat from the National Stage Combat Workshop, Manzelli became an acclaimed fight choreographer, working not only as the in-house choreographer for a number of professional theatres but also teaching the art at Illinois State and the New World School of The Arts. A Barry alumnus, Manzelli got his Bachelor’s degree in Theatre/Political Science from Barry before getting his Master’s degree from Illinois State’s well-known Actor Training Program. He has performed and worked all across the South Florida theatre scene, taught at a number of universities, appeared in a handful of stage and film productions, and even currently works as an Associate Artistic Director for a well-received stage company. In addition to his jaw-dropping experience and credentials, he has a knack for inspiring his acting students, who all rave about his teaching style and willingness to help. He really works to keep his students involved and engaged with the coursework and genuinely wants to see all of his students succeed, making him a no-brainer for a list like this.

“I am very fortunate to work at Barry University and to be inspired by the remarkable diversity of young people who come here to start their journey as artists.” – John Manzelli

Carlos GallostraCarlos Gallostra, Visual Arts Professor, New World School of the Arts

One of the most unique schools in the country, The New World School of the Arts was something of an experiment in Dual-Enrollment Education. The school is both a high school and a college that offers Bachelor’s degrees, Associate’s degrees, and even high school degrees. Of course, Carlos Gallostra knows all about this by now. A Miami native and graduate alumnus from the school, Gallostra has been teaching at the school for nearly a decade and is part of the reason why the school has risen in prominence so quickly. Gallostra got his Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media from NWSA and then picked up two graduate degrees from The Pratt Institute of New York, one in Fine Arts and the other in History of Art and Design. His education chops are unquestioned, but he also has experience working as a graphic designer for a local television station and his work as a painter and illustrator has been displayed all across South Florida and the country. Gallostra teaches Classical Drawing and Painting as well as Digital Media classes and his students have high praise for his knowledge of the subject and attention to detail. They also love the individual attention he pays to each of his students and they really enjoy how hands-on his class exercises are. It is not often that schools are able to find faculty members with Gallostra’s combination of education, experience, and teaching acumen, so NWSA should consider themselves quite lucky.

“The New World School of the Arts is in short a whole other world, where art lives and the lives of artists are greatly enriched by the faculty, staff, and students alike. As an alumnus and instructor, I am profoundly fortunate to be a part of the NWSA family and take delight in sharing this honor with them. Engaging with others, imparting ideas, and shaping the next generation of artists and scholars is truly one of the most noteworthy adventures and I am very lucky to be a part of it.” – Carlos Gallostra

Mariah HausmanMariah Fox Hausman, Graphic Design Professor, The University of Miami

The city of Miami may have dozens of great universities, but if we are being honest, they all fall under the wide shadow cast by The University of Miami. The University is one of the best research institutions in the country but also is home to a number of excellent art degree programs, including graphic design, where Mariah Fox Hausman is a key member of the faculty. Hausman credits growing up in an art-inclined household for her passion and also said she has been drawing and illustrating since she was just 4 years old. Hausman attended the Kansas City Art Institute before graduating from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s degree in Illustration & Graphic Design. Once she graduated, Hausman gathered a wealth of design experience working as an art director and illustrator for local firms and then founded her own company right after the turn of the century. Now she has a Master’s degree in Multimedia from Miami, a number of awards for her work, and her work has been exhibited across the country. Students don’t get a free pass in her classes, but they admit that her teaching of technical details and extensive knowledge of the subject helped make them better artists.

“As an educator, there is no better satisfaction than watching students learn. Having them consider my classroom influential and developmental in their paths as artists is a most rewarding accomplishment. Thank you for including me, and the University of Miami’s Art Department in this noteworthy list!” – Mariah Fox Hausman

Jesus Lopgil, Multimedia Professor, Broward College

Broward College is one of the better known community colleges in Florida and Lopgil is nothing short of a rock star faculty member. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Television and a Master’s degree in Educational Communications from New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts and now serves as a jack-of-all-trades for Broward. Not only does he program multimedia text, graphics, and video but he also teaches a variety of classes and according to students’ reviews, he does it quite well. Students have come to enjoy his distinct sense of humor and laidback attitude. But don’t mistake his easygoing nature for a lack of interest in the classes he teaches. Students also say that Lopgil has high expectations and pushes students to increase their workload. But they also said that they appreciated the push and that along with the push, Lopgil works side-by-side with the students to make sure they are successful even with an increased workload.

Barbara Watts, Art History Professor, Florida International University

Art History professors are usually extremely well-educated and that’s not by accident. Art History is less about being artistically skilled and more about being passionate enough about the arts to gather a strong knowledge base. But even in a profession full of well-educated folks, Watts stands out. She has an undergraduate degree in Renaissance Area Studies from The Catholic University of America and spent time studying abroad at Loyola University’s Rome Center. She also attended graduate school in Art History at the University of Virginia and did dissertation research for that program in some of the richest cultural cities in Europe. Her area of expertise centers on the Italian Renaissance and her work and research has been published in leading industry journals. She is considered an expert on the subject and was used as a source for a BBC documentary on the famous Dante’s Divine Comedy. Now she teaches a variety of courses at FIU where she has been the recipient of more than one teaching award and students back up her skills in the classroom. They say she has a gift for making even the driest lectures interesting and that her knowledge of the subject material is astonishing. Perhaps most importantly, her passion for the subject material is unmatched, so students should get used to seeing her in the faculty directory for years to come.

Sylvester Polk, Music Technology Professor, Bethune-Cookman University

Bethune-Cookman University is a short drive North of Miami and it is widely considered one of the finest historically black universities in the country, let alone South Florida. Accomplished and experienced faculty members such as Sylvester Polk certainly don’t hurt that reputation. Polk has an undergraduate degree from Florida A&M and three years later got a graduate degree from the University of Central Florida. Now he owns a production and recording studio which produces music for everything from video games to commercials, and he also works with a number of local and nationally recognized vocal artists. He is a particularly technically skilled producer who understands music hardware and software better than most, which is why he is now the coordinator of music technology at Bethune-Cookman and teaches courses in music production. Students have labeled him “old school” and you can tell they mean it as a compliment. His sharp wit and bright personality make lectures interesting and his deep understanding of music production techniques and history make him a great mentor for young producers to learn from. Plus, he seems dedicated to making sure students in his class learn and succeed, which is all you can really ask from a professor with an extremely busy and confusing schedule.

Elana Lanczi, Dance Professor, Nova Southeastern University

Those in the South Florida dance community are most likely familiar with Lanczi who has been teaching and honing her craft across the area for quite some time now. During that time she has built a reputation as a tough teacher who demands a lot from students and expects students to match her passion. But she also earned the reputation as a master motivator and detail-oriented teacher who not only gets students excited about dance but also tirelessly works to turn them into better dancers. Armed with a Bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and a Master’s degree from Temple University, Lanczi focuses on choreography, improvisational dance forms, and modern dance technique in her classes. And she teaches a wide variety of classes including Dance History and Jazz Dance. She has been teaching at community colleges in the area before moving north to Fort Lauderdale, and I bet Nova Southeastern is glad that she did, because her credentials and qualifications are unassailable.

Mario F. OrtegaMario F. Ortega, Architecture Professor, Miami Dade College

Everything you need to know about the teaching chops of Mario Ortega is that Miami Dade College doesn’t offer a formal degree in architecture and yet Ortega’s architecture classes are easily some of the most popular at the school. In fact, Ortega is practically an institution at the point at Miami Dade College. The native of Cuba has been teaching at MDC for nearly two decades and has a pair of Master’s degrees, one in architecture and one in architectural pedagogy. He is not only an incredibly popular and successful teacher who has won a slew of awards for his teaching and instruction, he is also an incredibly accomplished and experienced architect with a wealth of experience working on award-winning projects across the globe. The list of honors and awards that have been bestowed on Ortega are much too long to list so instead we will just point out that while students call him one of the toughest and most demanding professors they have ever had, almost all of them also call him their favorite professor ever in the same breath. His classes are demanding because he wants his students to succeed and students who have graduated from his courses have gone on to some of the best architecture schools in the world.

“An architect’s passion is to create meaningful space to be experienced throughout history by all mankind…. The special calling of an architecture professor is to instill the valuable knowledge and importance of what is involved to create meaningful space in our built environment.” – Mario F. Ortega

Heather Diack, Art History Professor, The University of Miami

As one of the best fine arts schools in the country, we would be remiss if we didn’t include at least one more professor from the University of Miami and Diack is exactly the type of professor deserving of more recognition. An assistant professor of Art History, Diack graduated from the Art History program at McGill University, continued her studies at a program through the Whitney Museum of American Art, and then went on to get her PhD from the University of Toronto in 2010. She is the recipient of multiple grants and fellowships for her research and work and has been an accomplished photography and art critic for some time now. In the midst of teaching Modern and Contemporary Art as well as the History of Photography at Miami, Diack is also finishing up a book on photography. Her students don’t just like her, they love her. They call her “one of the nicest professors” they have ever had and say “she always wants to help whenever she can”, which is especially nice with a subject like Art History. If the students recognize her unique blend of knowledge, experience, and teaching talent, then that is good enough for us.

Mark SparacioMark Sparacio, Fine Arts Professor, Digital Media Arts College

The Digital Media Arts College should be thanking their lucky stars that Sparacio is so loyal, because occasionally teachers with his combination of skills and experience are working at the most elite and prestigious institutions. That isn’t meant as a slight to DMAC, which has plenty of prestige of its own, it’s just not normal to see a professor so accomplished working in relative anonymity. Sparacio is something of a comic book legend. He started his interest in comic books as a young teen, used that as motivation to propel him to a degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and quickly began soaking up information from the immortal Will Eisner. After a brief foray into advertising, Sparacio rejoined the world of comic book illustration, where he worked on projects for Marvel and other companies. Now Sparacio runs his own business while teaching expressive drawing, storyboarding process, and figure art at DMAC. Students appreciate his robust knowledge of the industry and also enjoy his constant sunny disposition, which make his classes far more interesting.

“Thank you for including me among this elite group of teachers in Miami. I am truly honored, humbled and flattered. As for my teaching, I feel I was very lucky to get the great education I received at the School of Visual Arts and I am thrilled to be able to help shape and positively influence the careers of the students at Digital Media Arts College here in Boca Raton.” – Mark Sparacio

Moyano MarcelaMarcela Moyano, Communication Arts Professor, St. Thomas University

A native of Colombia, Moyano has spent so much time in South Florida she counts as an adopted daughter at this point. Moyano is a two-time alumnus from St. Thomas University as she has a Bachelor’s degree and a doctoral degree in Electronic Media from the University, both of which are sandwiched around a Master’s degree in Communication Arts from nearby Barry University. After a brief stint in public relations, Moyano became an instructor at St. Thomas in 1996 and hasn’t looked back. Since then, she has taught classes in blog design, broadcast production, media ethics and many more. Most recently she became the Director of the Institute of Communication, Entertainment and Media at the University. She is also an accomplished filmmaker who played a big role in the production and creation of a documentary about sustainable development in Haiti. Students say she is very patient and friendly and that she also is more than willing to share her wealth of experiences and connections with interested students.

“I am honored to receive this significant recognition as an educator. My work in the classroom consists of developing ethical and creative human beings able to produce media that can contribute to the wellbeing of humanity. My inspiration is to see young students who transform while making media that matters.” – Marcela Moyano

Nicky BeltranNicole Beltran, Graphic Design Professor, Barry University

Although she has been a member of the faculty at Barry for less than five years, Nicole Beltran has made a name for herself in the university’s small Fine Arts department primarily because her students seems to love her teaching style. Students not only feel that Beltran is instantly relatable, but they also appreciate her respect for each student’s abilities and her clear passion for watching her students succeed. Her knowledge of the subject material helps students learn a lot from her and her creative thinking means that classes are not all cut from the same cloth. As a graphic designer, Beltran isn’t a slouch either. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and PR from the University of Central Florida and has a Master’s degree in Graphic Design from nearby Florida Atlantic University. She has worked on projects for companies like Carnival Cruise Lines and RE/MAX Realty and used to be employed as the art director for Solomon Snow Advertising. She has also done work for the city of Hollywood Beach and Whole Foods. She currently teaches both graphic design and web design and her classes are becoming fan favorites at Barry.

“Making a connection to a student is key. Once that is made, the lines of communication open up and the learning truly begins. It also helps to be part of a strong and supportive team, which is exactly what I have at Barry University. Thank you Art Career Project for this amazing recognition.” – Nicky Beltran

Stefanie PowersStefanie Powers, Journalism Professor, Lynn University

The program chair for Lynn University’s small but growing multimedia journalism program, Stefanie Powers is working right in her wheel house. She not only has two degrees, a Bachelor’s from Florida Atlantic University and a Master’s from Lynn, but she also has an impressive list of previous employers in the world of journalism. She has worked as a staff writer for places like Boca Raton News and Forum Publishing Group and then moved on to the world of public relations where she worked until 2004, when she took a job coordinating academic projects for Lynn. She rose from adjunct faculty member to her current position and that is because her hard work and effort and also her students’ rave reviews of her teaching ability. They not only can see that her investment in their success is very real, but they say her enthusiasm and endless willingness to help her students make class not only fun but an excellent learning experience. Teachers can stay in the same position for years and Powers’ quick rise through the ranks is a great example of just how serious and important the profession of teaching is to her.

“First and foremost, I greatly appreciate the opportunity to be recognized for my efforts as an educator in academia—and among such esteemed peers. Providing students with an individualized, innovative and quality education is not only one of my passions; I believe these qualities are essential for all learners. Working at Lynn University provides me endless opportunities to create and innovate in the classroom. The institution’s new style of teaching and learning has multiple initiatives, and I am honored to be part of it.” – Stefanie Powers

Henning Haupt, Architecture Professor, Florida Atlantic University

The German-educated Haupt has been a full-time member of the faculty at FAU for almost a decade and he is already making an impression not only because of his long list of credentials but also because his students have taken quite a liking to his classes. Haupt got his first degree from the Technical University Darmstadt and then enrolled in the Architecture program at Cranbrook Academy of Arts where he completed some postgraduate work. Incredibly, his education still wasn’t over as he went and got the equivalent of a PhD from the Technical University at Braunschweig where he studied the relationship between painting, drawing, and architectural design. As an architect, Haupt is self-employed and his work has been exhibited in Germany and South Florida and plenty of places in between. As a teacher, students love his unique approach to architectural design and say his background as a painter helps them understand the subject material in a different light. They also say he is very nice and very engaging, which makes the occasionally dry architecture work quite enjoyable.

Juliet PintoJuliet Pinto, Journalism Professor, Florida International University

Teaching journalism is usually quite a bit more difficult than most journalists can predict. Just because you are an excellent journalist doesn’t mean that you are automatically an excellent teacher of journalism. Luckily for FIU, Pinto has seemingly made the transition without any problems. Perhaps what’s most interesting about Pinto’s career is that she didn’t start her college education as a journalism major. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Boston University and a Master’s degree in Marine Affairs and Policy at the University of Miami, Pinto got her PhD in Communication from the University of Miami and her journalism career was underway. As you might expect given her background, Dr. Pinto studies environmental communication in Spanish- and English-language media. She has helped create classes in environmental journalism at FIU and is also the driving force behind an acclaimed documentary about the rising sea levels in South Florida that was shown on PBS. Her research on the environment and journalism has been published all over the country. As a professor, Pinto is no slouch either. Her classes are very difficult according to students, but they also say that the rigors of the course forced them to focus and get better as journalists. They also say, that despite her demanding coursework, Pinto is a wonderful personality who knows the subject material cold and is always willing to help struggling students.

“I’m passionate about educating tomorrow’s journalists on how to responsibly and professionally report on the issue of their lives: climate change and its impacts.” – Juliet Pinto

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Bring Film to Life as a Visual Effects Animator! http://www.theartcareerproject.com/visual-effects-animator-careers/11688/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/visual-effects-animator-careers/11688/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:25:00 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11688 What is a Visual Effects Animator? A visual effects animator is the individual responsible for inserting special effects into films; effects that cannot be added during live action shooting. A great example is when the green screen is used during shots of actors in a studio, and an exciting background is added later. These professionals […]

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What is a Visual Effects Animator?

A visual effects animator is the individual responsible for inserting special effects into films; effects that cannot be added during live action shooting. A great example is when the green screen is used during shots of actors in a studio, and an exciting background is added later. These professionals may even create entire characters through computer software programs and integrate them into the film, even allowing them to interact with live action characters. They work to increase the realism and excitement of television shows, films, commercials and other projects.

A strong background in multimedia art and animation is required to be successful at this career, and many individuals work as animators or other artists before specializing in visual effects.

Work Environment

Although most of this professional’s time will be spent in an office where they have access to computers and animation software, visual effects animators can also be found at live action shootings. They may travel to various locations to watch the filming happen, or to document the recording for their own research and animation process. They often work long hours, nights and weekends, especially when they are under tight deadlines. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over half of all multimedia artists and animators were self-employed in 2012. Although freelancing offers up a variety of benefits, including the ability to take on what jobs the artist wants, there is also a downside, which is non-steady work and paychecks. The good news is that several industries employ these animators, including the motion picture and film industry, which is responsible for 13% of employment for this field.

Education Requirements

The BLS suggests that individuals who are interested in becoming a visual effects animator take the time to earn a bachelor’s degree in animation, art, or a closely related career. Most employers require at least this level of education, although many individuals earn higher degrees, especially after deciding to specialize in visual effects animation. Learning computer software often used in animation and multimedia art will give individuals an advantage in the field, even before they specialize.

Salary

As if this career weren’t exciting enough, the salary is the icing on the cake. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the annual median salary for multimedia artists and animators in 2012 was $72,680 for those in the motion picture and film industry. However, the top 10% of earners in this field brought home more than $113,000 in 2012. The earning potential is certainly there for those who are willing to do the work. The 5 top-paying states for this career in 2012 were California, Washington, District of Columbia, New York and New Mexico.

Job Outlook

Although multimedia artists and animator jobs are only expected to grow about 3% through the year 2022, the demand for those working in the motion picture and film industry is likely much higher. This is because individuals are always demanding high quality television and films, so these professionals are always in demand. This is also true for those who plan to go into the video game industry, as the demand for these has been steadily growing and isn’t expected to slow any time soon. States with the highest levels of employment for these professionals are: California, New York Washington, Texas and Illinois.

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Eat, Sleep, and Live Art? Teach it as a University Art Instructor! http://www.theartcareerproject.com/university-art-instructor-careers/11679/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/university-art-instructor-careers/11679/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:05:53 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11679 What is a University Art Instructor? A university art instructor is, simply put, an individual that teaches some aspect of art to his or her students. Most of the time, those interested in becoming art instructors are artists who have honed their skills and talents and want to share their love of art and their […]

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What is a University Art Instructor?

A university art instructor is, simply put, an individual that teaches some aspect of art to his or her students. Most of the time, those interested in becoming art instructors are artists who have honed their skills and talents and want to share their love of art and their knowledge with others. An art instructor may teach a single form of art, such as painting or sculpture, or they may teach a variety of art types. They may also specialize in things like art history or the artists themselves. A lot of times, a university art instructor will teach students with raw talent how to hone their skills, as well as useful techniques and tricks that will assist them in their art career.

Depending upon the type of art an instructor specializes in, they may need to be well-versed in certain art-based computer programs. They should also have adequate knowledge of modern artists in addition to influential artists of the past. Those interested in pursuing this career should have a strong background in art, and it’s best to be as well-rounded as possible, with knowledge and experience in various types of mediums. Not only will this assist them in teaching their students, but it will make their resume and portfolio more attractive to hiring universities.

Work Environment

University art instructors will spend the majority of their work time in the classroom, which may have more of a studio setting than a traditional classroom setting. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that approximately 92,930 postsecondary art, drama and music teachers were employed throughout the US in May of 2013. Most of these instructors (68,300) were employed with colleges, universities and professional schools.

In addition to teaching inside the classroom, many university art instructors will teach outdoors, especially if they’re teaching landscape sketches or paintings. Others may schedule many different trips for students to view art in public galleries and museums. There is a lot of flexibility when it comes to the art instructor’s schedule; as long as he or she is on campus for their scheduled classes, they have the ability to pretty much set their own hours. Many instructors will spend their additional time working on their own art.

Education Requirements

The Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that those interested in becoming art instructors earn a doctoral degree in an art-related field. Most colleges and universities require all of their professors to hold a doctoral degree, though some will hire art instructors who have a master’s degree or those who are working toward their doctoral degree. Earning this degree can take up to 8 years. Throughout this time, the future instructor will have the opportunity to be completely immersed in the art world, learning the various types of art, mediums, skills and techniques for art and teaching, and more.

Salary

According to the BLS, the median annual salary for postsecondary art, drama, and music teachers was $62,160 in May of 2013. However, this is simply the middle line when it comes to salaries, and an instructor’s actual salary will be dependent upon several different things. In May of 2013, the lowest earners brought home less than $35,670 while the top 10% earned more than $120,000. The top paying states for art instructors are New York (with an annual median salary of $105,130), New Jersey ($90,110), Connecticut ($87,210), California ($82,400), and Massachusetts ($80,420).

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the job growth rate of postsecondary art, drama and music teachers at 16%, which is higher than the average growth rate for all other occupations. In 2012, 114,300 of these professionals were employed, and an estimated 18,300 new jobs will become available for art instructors through the year 2022. This is a fantastic outlook, proving that this is a great career to become seriously interested in.

The states with the highest employment for art, music and drama instructors are California (11,380 employed professionals), New York (11,310), Texas (5,190), Ohio (5,120) and Massachusetts (4,710).

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Enhance the Digital World as a UI/UX Artist http://www.theartcareerproject.com/ui-ux-artist/11614/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/ui-ux-artist/11614/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:52:15 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11614 What is a UI/UX Artist? Within game development, website development, app development and many other types of development, there are artists who work with the user interface (UI) as well as the user experience (UX), since both need to be top-notch. The user interface is the end-user side of the video game or other application; […]

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What is a UI/UX Artist?

Within game development, website development, app development and many other types of development, there are artists who work with the user interface (UI) as well as the user experience (UX), since both need to be top-notch. The user interface is the end-user side of the video game or other application; the platform the player or user works within. The user interface needs to work smoothly, efficiently, be visually attractive and easy to use. The user experience is all about what the player gets out of the application; their satisfaction, and the pleasure derived from utilizing a particular application.

Within some small studios, the UI and UX duties will fall to the same artist, although many artists will specialize in one or the other, since the job description is slightly different. Those working with the user experience aspect often work with the foundation – building the various working aspects of an application and making sure things work smoothly, using the logical sequence to progress from one area of the application to another and more. The artists working with the user interface tend to take that foundation created by the UX artists and make it look fantastic. Both types of artists need a strong background in animation and design, as well as multimedia art.

Work Environment

Artists working with the user interface and the user experience will spend a great amount of their time on computers and computer-aided design software. This means that most of their time will be spent in an office or studio, where they have access to their tools as they work from concept to completion. They will often meet with the heads of other departments to ensure that the overall vision for a game or application is uniform. The Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies UI and UX artists as multimedia artists and animators, and states that just over half of these professionals were self employed in 2012.

Many artists experience success and happiness in a freelancing career, where they lend their talents to clients as needed. However, with that flexible schedule and freedom comes the worry of non-steady work. Those interested in pursing this career will be happy to know that many industries hire these professionals full-time, with the motion picture and video industry being the top employer of UI and UX artists – this industry employs 10% of them, in fact.

Education Requirements

A great deal of technical knowledge and skill is required for this career, so the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that individuals earn at least a bachelor’s degree in art, multimedia art, animation, game development or a very closely related career. Those who continue and earn even higher degrees may have more prospects and opportunities, as their portfolio will be more impressive to potential employers.

Salary

The BLS reports that multimedia artists and animators earned an annual median salary of $61,370 – which is a comparatively attractive salary. The amount of experience and education a person has may increase their salary; the top 10% of earners brought home more than $113,000. States and cities that are known video game creation centers will hold more opportunities for these individuals, so there is a lot more earning potential. The states that pay the most for UI and UX artists are California, New York, Washington, Texas and Illinois.

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the job growth rate for multimedia artists and animators is slow (6% through the year 2022). It’s important to realize that this particular category envelopes a variety of artistic careers, so the true growth for UI and UX artists is kind of difficult to discern. One thing is for sure – the growth of the video game industry in the US is massive, and as the demand for these products continues to grow, so too will the demand for the professionals who help create them. States with the highest employment levels for multimedia artists and animators are: California, Washington, District of Columbia, New York and New Mexico.

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Help People Travel in Style as a Transportation Designer! http://www.theartcareerproject.com/transportation-designer-careers/11591/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/transportation-designer-careers/11591/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 03:56:15 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11591 What is a Transportation Designer? Transportation Designers are commercial and industrial designers who have specialized, and who create designs for vehicles and transportation related products. Many of these individuals specialize further, especially when working for a particular company or organization, and focus on small niche areas. This might include automotive concept design, public transportation, aircraft […]

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What is a Transportation Designer?

Transportation Designers are commercial and industrial designers who have specialized, and who create designs for vehicles and transportation related products. Many of these individuals specialize further, especially when working for a particular company or organization, and focus on small niche areas. This might include automotive concept design, public transportation, aircraft interiors or something else. These professionals must have a strong background in design, as well as significant knowledge of the computer software and computer-aided design programs used to create designs.

In addition to the final design, these professionals will often create rough sketches and communicate frequently with clients and colleagues to ensure that the end design realizes the vision that the client has of the product.

Work Environment

On any given day, you might find a transportation designer in an office where he or she has access to computers and computer-aided design programs or software. However, they may also be found in meeting rooms, brainstorming the design with colleagues or discussing the desires of the client. Most transportation designers work for large companies or organizations; the manufacturing industry is responsible for 30% of the transportation design jobs, and it’s the largest employer of these professionals, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is followed by specialized design services, which is responsible for 10% of jobs, wholesale trade (9%), and architectural and related services (7%).

Education Requirements

The Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that individuals interested in pursing a career as a transportation designer earn at least a bachelor’s degree in industrial design, architecture or engineering. Those who want higher level jobs in transportation design, such as supervisor or director positions, may want to pursue a master’s degree in these fields. During schooling, future transportation designers will have the ability to start creating a portfolio of their work, which will be instrumental in finding them the perfect position after graduation.

Salary

In addition to being on the forefront of cutting edge designs, this particular career offers up a salary that is nothing to frown at. The BLS reports that the annual median salary for industrial designers was $59,610 in 2012. However, this is certainly not the most this kind of professional can make. The top 10% of earners in 2012 brought home more than $94,000. Professionals in this field are more likely to find higher paying jobs in the following states: Missouri ($72,790 annual median salary), South Carolina ($72,090), New York ($71,130), Michigan ($70,980) and Massachusetts ($70,940).

Job Outlook

Although industrial design jobs are only expected to grow 4% through the year 2022, the actual job growth rate for transportation designers may be more. The BLS reports that designers with knowledge of computer-aided design programs and software will be more likely to find an excellent job than those without that knowledge. The states with the most transportation design jobs are Michigan, California, New York, Ohio and Texas.

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Make a Script Come to Life as a Storyboard Artist http://www.theartcareerproject.com/storyboard-artist-careers/11556/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/storyboard-artist-careers/11556/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 19:45:00 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11556 What is a Storyboard Artist? A storyboard artist works very closely with the director and other professionals involved in advertising and filmmaking, to create an illustrated version of the finished product. Typically, the storyboard artist will use the script to create pictures of each scene that will need to be filmed, and will include the […]

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What is a Storyboard Artist?

A storyboard artist works very closely with the director and other professionals involved in advertising and filmmaking, to create an illustrated version of the finished product. Typically, the storyboard artist will use the script to create pictures of each scene that will need to be filmed, and will include the types of camera angles that are best to capture each scene. The finished product will look a lot like a comic strip or comic book; a visual representation of what the finished film will look like.

Storyboard artists need a strong background in illustration, and filmmaking courses can strengthen the portfolio and resume – making the professional more appealing in the eyes of potential employers.

Work Environment

Most storyboard artists are freelance artists, and work from the comfort of their own home, or in their client’s studios. These professionals are typically hired with very short deadlines and will often work long hours each day (and possibly overnight) to ensure that the product is complete before it’s needed by the director. There are some studios that hire full-time storyboard artists if they find themselves in need of a quality artist on a regular basis.

Education Requirements

Formal education may not be mandated, however, those who want security in knowing that they will have plenty of job prospects and opportunities should earn a bachelor’s degree in illustration, graphic arts, or a similar field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests attending at least a program that will lead to an art-related certificate. Those who have a formal education to add to their resume are much more likely to find a position, and typically earn a higher salary as well.

Salary

Storyboard artists fall under the category of “craft and fine artists” through the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These individuals earned an annual median salary of $44,380 in 2012, but the top 10% of earners cleared more than $93,000. Several things will affect a storyboard artist’s salary, including their education and experience, as well as where they live. Certain areas offer up more opportunities for these professionals. The top paying states for storyboard artists are Washington, New York, California, Connecticut, and Michigan.

Job Outlook

While the growth rate for craft and fine artists is only 3% through 2022, the constant and growing demand for high quality television shows and films suggest that the growth rate for storyboard artist jobs is much higher. The BLS suggests learning computer-related illustration programs and software, as demand for professionals proficient in those programs will be in more demand.

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Tired of Boring Photos? Career as a Portrait Artist! http://www.theartcareerproject.com/portrait-artist/11521/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/portrait-artist/11521/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 20:44:28 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11521 What is a portrait artist? A portrait artist creates likenesses of individuals using one or more mediums. This might include pencil, ink, paint, pastels, or another type of medium. Portrait artists may accept commissions to create likenesses of individuals, including famous people and celebrities. This type of artist requires a massive amount of raw talent […]

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What is a portrait artist?

A portrait artist creates likenesses of individuals using one or more mediums. This might include pencil, ink, paint, pastels, or another type of medium. Portrait artists may accept commissions to create likenesses of individuals, including famous people and celebrities. This type of artist requires a massive amount of raw talent but also the education that hones the talent and provides him or her with an arsenal of techniques and skills.

Portrait artists need a strong background in art, and in order to be well-rounded, need experience with various types of mediums. Although many artists eventually settle on a medium they love most, having experience and skills with other mediums can improve their job prospects.

Work Environment

Portrait artists may work in a huge variety of environments. Half of craft and fine artists are self-employed and work from home, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 51,400 of these professionals were employed in the year 2012. Working from home, a portrait artist may spend most of his or her time in a home office, a studio, or in places where they feel most comfortable. Some will work directly with the public, such as the street artists who work on Jackson Square in New Orleans. Others will work in the space their employer provides. If working from home is a little too risky for you, there are plenty of industries that employ portrait artists full-time, including the motion picture and video industry, miscellaneous store retailers, the publishing industry and specialized design services.

Education Requirements

There is no formal school requirement for portrait artists, because the talent an individual has can speak for itself. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recommends that artists earn at least an associate or bachelor’s degree in fine art. Not only can this make an individual a better artist, but it can definitely improve the job prospects and opportunities. An artist with an impressive resume and background will almost always be considered over an artist who has no formal schooling.

Salary

The salary of a portrait artist is similar to that of most other artists – it can vary wildly, depending upon numerous variables. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has collected data showing the median annual salary for craft and fine artists in 2012: $44,380. However, the bottom earners brought home less than $19,200 and the top 10% brought home more than $93,000. Portrait artists whose careers take off and whose art is highly sought after could make significantly more than this. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the states with the highest pay for portrait artists are: Washington ($70,580), New York ($69,380), California ($62,160), Connecticut ($59,720) and Michigan ($54,710).

Job Outlook

Although this is an exciting and fun career, the job growth rate for craft and fine artists is significantly lower than that of all other careers – 3% through the year 2022. Many things affect the growth rate, including the economy at any given time, and the location of the artist. To increase their prospects, portrait artists can take computer art courses and digital media courses, as artists who work with computers are always in demand. The states with the highest levels of employment of portrait artists are: California, New York, Florida, Washington and Texas.

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Flee the Background Noise as a Sound Effects Editor http://www.theartcareerproject.com/sound-effects-editor/11493/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/sound-effects-editor/11493/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 19:25:59 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11493 What is a Sound Effects Editor? Whereas a sound designer often creates the sounds needed in films and videos, a sound effects editor ensures that the sounds are interjected at exactly the right time. This professional will work on a film, video, video game or other project during production as well as post-production, enhancing sound […]

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What is a Sound Effects Editor?

Whereas a sound designer often creates the sounds needed in films and videos, a sound effects editor ensures that the sounds are interjected at exactly the right time. This professional will work on a film, video, video game or other project during production as well as post-production, enhancing sound effects or changing them. They must work closely with the other professionals involved to ensure that the overall project realizes the initial vision and plans. The most important knowledge a sound effects editor will possess is on the technological side – mainly concerning the computer-based programs and software used to edit sound.

A background in multimedia design is a great start, as well as one in sound engineering. Those who have additional experience in film and video may have increased job prospects and opportunities.

Work Environment

A sound effects editor works in a studio or office space where they have access to computers and computer-based editing equipment. Sound effects editors may work in an agency or organization where they often meet with other film and video professionals in order to make sure the final project is on target and fits with the original concept plans. Hours may be long, especially when a deadline is looming, so sound effects editors might expect to work more than 40 hours per week. Although there is no official category through the Bureau of Labor Statistics for “sound effects editors,” the BLS considers these professionals “sound engineering technicians.” Data shows that the top 5 employers for these professionals are: the motion picture and video industry, the sound recording industry, radio and television broadcasting, performing arts companies, and independent artists, writers and performers.

Education Requirements

There may not be any formal required training for this career, however, those who obtain an associate’s or bachelor’s degree will have a wider range of job prospects because their resume will be more appealing to potential employers. There is also a large amount of technical information and skills required for this job, as well as proficiency in the software programs utilized to successfully perform this job. It can be difficult to obtain this knowledge and these skills without formal education.

Salary

The BLS reports that sound engineering technicians earned an annual median salary of $41,200 in 2012. Film editors earned an annual median salary of $46,280 per year. The salary for a sound effects editor will fall somewhere between these two salaries. However, this is just the middle line. The top 10% of film editors earned more than $119,000 in 2012, so it’s easy to see that a significantly higher income potential is there for sound effects editors. Many things will contribute to the overall salary, including the sound effects editor’s location. The top paying states for this career are: California ($92,940), New York ($78,430), District of Columbia ($74,400), Virginia ($66,140), and New Jersey ($66,120).

Job Outlook

The job growth rate for film editors is 3% through the year 2022, while the growth rate for sound engineers is 9% through 2022. The actual job growth rate for sound effects editors may be significantly higher than this, because as more and more movies, video games, television shows and advertising videos are created, these professionals are needed to create the perfect sound. However, no actual data is available through the BLS. Future sound effects editors can be sure that if they have the proper training and are willing to do their due diligence, they will have a variety of great job opportunities and prospects.

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Multimedia Design: Taking the Shape of Multiple Media Forms http://www.theartcareerproject.com/multimedia-design-careers/11475/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/multimedia-design-careers/11475/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:14:57 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11475 What is a Multimedia Designer? Multimedia is exactly what it sounds like – a combination of two or three different content forms to make a more compelling or exciting final product. Multimedia can include a combination of text, audio, images, animation, or video, and the process of combining these content forms is not easy. It […]

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What is a Multimedia Designer?

Multimedia is exactly what it sounds like – a combination of two or three different content forms to make a more compelling or exciting final product. Multimedia can include a combination of text, audio, images, animation, or video, and the process of combining these content forms is not easy. It takes legitimate skill and knowledge to craft a compelling multimedia product, which is where multimedia designers come in. Multimedia designers are artists charged with integrating multiple forms of media in such a way that the final product can be compelling and exciting. These designers combine a deep understanding of design and design principles with the technical savvy and expertise that is needed to use computer software, design programs, or video equipment to make fascinating works of art to be used in advertising, journalism, video games, entertainment and many more fields.

As multimedia and digital media have become more popular fields, the onus on multimedia designers to get even more creative and skilled has increased as well. Most multimedia designers aren’t just good at putting pictures and sounds together, and they aren’t just excellent at combining video with some form of text or animation. In the current industry environment, multimedia designers need to be well-rounded, and thus, need to be well-versed in all aspects of multimedia design. A designer who specializes in audiovisuals can be valuable, but with so many multimedia designers who are great at audiovisuals and are also great at combining animation with text or pictures, it can be hard for a specialty designer to look good in comparison.

It is important for aspiring multimedia designers not to focus on the creative or technical side of industry alone. Good multimedia designers have a strong background in design and also have the technical know-how and expertise that helps turn the design ideas and outlines into actual, tangible finished products. Aspiring multimedia designers would be wise to start with understanding basic design principles, then building technical expertise with video editing tools or computer-aided design software once they have a strong foundation in design.

Work Environment

One of the nicest parts about multimedia design is that, because it has become such a crucial part of so many different industries, multimedia designers have a fair amount of leverage over where they work and what kind of projects they work on. In fact, in 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that 57 percent of multimedia artists and animators were self-employed, while also explaining that most of those designers worked from the comforts of their home. Freelancing is common in all forms of design but is clearly especially common in multimedia design where talent and ability is valued above all, and many companies are more willing to contract out multimedia design work rather than train an internal employee to work with multimedia design.

Freelancing is fun, flexible and liberating, but it can also be risky since it doesn’t offer steady employment or steady paychecks. Fortunately, for multimedia designers looking to remove some of that stress from their livelihood, there are a number of industries that employ full-time multimedia designers. As of 2012, the motion picture and video industries employed 13 percent of the estimated multimedia design workforce, and that makes plenty of sense since the largest need for multimedia exists in those industries. After motion pictures, the computer systems design industry, the software publishing industry, and the advertising industry are the next three largest employers of multimedia designers, and they employ six percent, five percent, and four percent multimedia designers respectively.

Education Requirements

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, those interested in multimedia design careers should get a bachelor’s degree first because the combination of design and technical knowledge is almost impossible to come by otherwise. Multimedia artists typically earn a degree in subjects like fine art, computer graphics, animation, or design. But as the demand for talented multimedia designers has grown, so has the number of institutions offering specialized degree programs in multimedia design or game design. Both specialized programs, and more general art and design degrees, offer excellent opportunities to build a portfolio that will impress employers and both degree paths open similar doors and offer similar career paths, so interested students would be smart to do extensive research on the programs offered at different institutions before picking the program to earn their degree.

Salary

As if the excitement of working with video, audio and animation wasn’t enough, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ data from May of 2012, multimedia designers also happen to be extremely well compensated for their abilities and expertise. There were slightly less than 70,000 professional multimedia designers employed, and as of May 2012 they earned an annual mean wage of $69,560, which is quite a nice salary for any industry and is well above employees working in other arts and design occupations. While most industries such as advertising, computer systems design, and software publishers pay multimedia designers an annual average wage close to the general average; the motion pictures industry offers an average annual wage of nearly $85,000, and it also employed nearly 10,000 multimedia designers in May of 2012, more than double any other industry. This isn’t to advocate one industry over another, since it is difficult to go wrong as long as you have the talent and strong educational foundation, but if money is what is important to you, the motion pictures industry may be your best bet.

Job Outlook

As of May of 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that there were 68,900 professional multimedia designers and animators employed across the country. They also estimated that the profession would grow slower than most professions from 2012-2022, as the national average for employment growth across all industries was 11 percent, and the expected employment growth of multimedia designers is just six percent. The number of professional industrial designers is expected to swell to 73,200 by 2022 which is an increase of just 4,300 industrial designers from 2012 to 2022.

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Amp Up Movie Experiences as a Sound Designer http://www.theartcareerproject.com/sound-designer/11431/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/sound-designer/11431/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:52:30 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11431 What is a Sound Designer? A sound designer works with the sounds of a film, movie, video or other project to ensure that the end user receives a rich sensory experience, and that the sound matches the overall vision for the project. While music is a large portion of what a sound designer works with, […]

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A sound designer works with the sounds of a film, movie, video or other project to ensure that the end user receives a rich sensory experience, and that the sound matches the overall vision for the project. While music is a large portion of what a sound designer works with, they may also create and add other sound effects, such as the sound of thunder on a rainy day, or the sound of creepy footsteps in a horror scene. This professional helps give the end user a more realistic and engrossing experience, adding to the quality of the project.

A sound designer should be knowledgeable and proficient in the software and tools used in sound design. He or she should also have sensitivity to the sounds that are naturally occurring within a variety of environments and areas.

Work Environment

Like others who work on films and videos, a sound designer must have access to computers and computer-aided sound effects software. This typically means that the majority of their time will be spent in a studio or office, though they may need to often meet with other department heads to ensure that the overall vision for the project is being realized. They are employed in a variety of industries including the motion picture and video industry, which is one of the top employers of sound designers.

Education Requirements

Because there is no category for sound designers through the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these professionals are lumped in with broadcast and sound engineering technicians. The BLS states that no formal education is required in order to become a broadcast and sound engineering technician, but most employers will want to see some level of formal education before hiring a sound designer. A bachelor’s degree in film or multimedia art and animation is recommended for those who want to have great job prospects and opportunities.

Salary

The annual median salary for a sound designer will fall somewhere between that of a multimedia artist and a sound engineering technician – or between $41,200 and $61,370. However, this is simply the middle line; multimedia artists in the top 10% earned more than $113,000 in 2012. Many things will affect the salary of a sound designer, including the professional’s location, their education and amount of experience they have and more. The states with the highest level of employment for this field are California, New York, Florida, Georgia and Texas.

Job Outlook

Again, the statistics for this career will fall between a multimedia artist and sound engineering technician – or between a 6% and 9% job growth rate through the year 2022. As the motion picture and video industries and the marketing and advertising industries grow, the demand for quality sound designers will also grow. They are an essential part of creating a high-quality video or game, and job prospects and opportunities are fair.

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