What is art?
Art is broadly recognized as an expression of creativity, where emotion, imagination and skill are used to create works that portray ideas that are intended to provoke, to be considered and to be appreciated.
Through using a diverse variety of skills, artists are able to create works - such as sculptures, sketches and paintings – that are designed as an expression that can have an effect on the wider world. The wide-ranging nature and application of art means that it is interlinked with many other subjects, including history, theology, and music.
Art can be appreciated by everyone, regardless of the background, education or beliefs, and this is perhaps one of the main reasons why it is such a popular choice of degree course.
The importance or arts education in learning
A number of skills are learned by arts education:
- Creativity: In a word full of trained professionals and highly educated workers, creativity is one of the top skills that set someone apart from the pack. Of course, being qualified in your field is important, but having the ability to think imaginatively and bring fresh ideas to the table are essential to innovation and progress. Art education allows students to express themselves and think outside of the box.
- Collaboration: Working together for a common purpose teaches students that their contribution is important, which is perfect for the collaborative nature of the arts. By working collaboratively on a project, students learn to communicate more effectively, compromise when necessary, and work hard even if their role may seem small. All of these skills are vital in any work environment where teams come together for a common goal.
- Confidence: The arts create a safe space for students to explore their talents and build their confidence. Students who are shy in a normal classroom setting may gain the assurance to stand up and talk about their artwork. The sense of pride gained through a finished product encourages the students to keep trying and striving to accomplish more. With this confidence, they are more likely to take risks and step out of their comfort zone to try new things in other areas of their lives.
- Cultural Awareness & Empathy: The arts provide a unique platform to discuss many different cultures, socioeconomic levels, and current events. Through the arts, students have a place not only to learn about different cultures than their own, but also to ask questions and be more informed about the daily struggles and realities of people who may seem different. By learning about other people, students are able to develop their ability for empathy, essential in working with people from all walks of life, and realize that we have more in common than not.
- Critical Thinking: When students are making a work of art, the process includes conceptual and interpretational thinking that helps build their critical thinking skills including observation, reasoning, and problem-solving. During the creative process, students use logic and problem solving to strategize how to reach their intended outcome. Critical thinking skills are also in play when observing and analyzing famous works. This ability to think critically to solve problems in a unique way is key to the 21st century workplace.
Art degrees differ vastly, so some degree courses are more vocational than others, but generally art graduates have a broad range of employment options once they finish their degree.
In fact, a significant proportion of art graduates go straight into full-time employment after their degrees. The most obvious art career requires a lot of determination and perseverance but for aspiring professional artists, an art degree would be a great path into the industry. Also, many illustrators and photographers hold art degrees of some kind and there are numerous courses that would help to develop specialized skills for specific careers.
The work of graphic designers, animators and printmakers is all rooted in the study of art too. Creativity is a skill that a lot of art graduates have in abundance and this asset is very useful in a wide variety of different industries. Many art graduates find themselves using their skills in media and marketing roles, and teaching is another way to use some of that creativity to inspire others.
About the faculty
The Faculty of Arts has been the first and the oldest faculty in Neyshabur. This faculty welcomes students with various artistic interests. It honors to prepare academic as well as exciting working environments in order to motivate students to feel free to try novel and creative things to promote various art disciplines. The Faculty of Arts is a home to artists, scholars and researchers active on the international and national stages and engaged in their local communities. This faculty incites its students to think freely, to construct their own judgment so that they can become responsible and inventive citizens who can promote dignity and a culture of peace. The departments’ faculty are actively involved in research, and many of our graduates have established distinguished careers in the creative, scholarly, and gallery fields.