St. Olaf’s Department of Art and Art History approaches the study of art as both an intellectual and creative endeavor. The curriculum provides students with the research, interpretive, and technical skills to make and study meaningful works of art and to sustain them as artists and critical thinkers throughout their lives. Learn more about the Art Department.
Students interested in the arts can pursue many different careers — from performance, mastery of a craft, arts management, and creative writing, to professional careers such as architecture, graphic design, or landscape design — and many, many more! Talk to people, try things out, and meet with Piper Center coaches to develop a strategy to identify your career trajectories. Use your creativity to find a career path that is just right for you.
Coaching and Resources
The arts encompasses many possible career areas and roles — some students may wish to be a practicing artist or performer, while others may want to work in supportive roles such as those found in arts administration. Still others may want to work in larger industries, such as film, media, or fashion.
The Piper Center is eager to support you in finding internships and research related to the arts. Please stop by the Piper Center anytime during business hours to have an initial conversation with a Peer Advisor. When you are ready to go further and meet with our arts career coach Bryan Shealer, please schedule an appointment through Handshake.
Skills Guide (LinkedIn Learning): Arts & Arts Administration
Piper Center Events
Opening the doors to opera
Though only a junior at St. Olaf College, Darrius Morton has already auditioned for and been accepted into, the ranks of the Minnesota Opera chorus. He is performing in all five of the ensemble’s operas this season.Learn more
A theatrical learning opportunity
As a teaching assistant at the Tony Award-winning Children’s Theatre Company this summer, Christine Menge ’18 had the opportunity to work with established theater professionals and college students from across the country.Read More
Great Explorations — Glenn Hernandez ’02
In a way, every single pixel in the virtual reality game Luna belongs to Glenn Hernandez. As the game’s art director, he was responsible for crafting the overarching look for the fantastical game in which a character named Bird enters and navigates a mysterious world.Read More
Career Conversations: Autumn Berggren Hilden ’99 and Justin Hilden ’01
Autumn Berggren Hilden ’99 and Justin Hilden ’01 answer questions about their Hollywood journey.Explore