Studio practice refers to artists whose primary occupational focus is on the creation, exhibition and/or sales of their art. Such artists are often self-employed and many supplement their income through other work. Studio practice can also refer to artists who are focused on creating portfolios in preparation for graduate school. Students interested in studio practice should consider exploring several different media before working toward a concentration in any specific area (e.g. painting, ceramics, printmaking, etc.) Studio work should be supplemented with art history and contemporary (art) issues courses.
Museums, galleries, and many nonprofit art organizations provide a range of employment opportunities for those who are interested in art-related careers but don't necessarily want to create art for a living. All art organizations need people who can bring an aesthetic sensibility to jobs ranging from marketing and sales to the installation of exhibits and the management of collections. Students interested in this field of work should explore basic studio courses along with concentrations in art history, museum studies, and/or management.
Artists with an interest in design find employment in a variety of ways. Some are self-employed and produce freelance work for specific clients. Many others are employed by a variety of businesses and industries, from publishing companies and movie studios to fashion houses and software firms. In fact, virtually every item that is manufactured, developed, or otherwise created has made use of a designer somewhere along the way. Students interested in becoming designers should develop conventional studio skills (especially drawing) along with a concentration in electronic or computer-based media.
Based on the mission of Luther College where "serving with distinction for the common good" is central to what we are as an institution, the NCATE-accredited elementary education major and secondary minor at Luther offer many options in preparation for the teaching profession. Combining thorough classroom instruction with multiple practicum placements, art education students leave Luther prepared for a career in K–12 public and private schools domestically and internationally.
Luther College education graduates are employed by schools throughout the Midwest, the United States, and internationally. They enjoy a distinct reputation for their commitment to teaching and learning, to the needs of individual students, and for being active members of their schools and communities.