Real-World Experience

The Department of Art provides its students with challenges outside the classroom and studio to develop their skills and knowledge of the real world. Gaining practical experience in their discipline, art students have the opportunity to participate in an on-campus practicum and/or an off-campus internship.

Art and Design Practicums

Art practicums are available to qualified students in graphic design, visual communication, photography, studio art, pre-art therapy, and museum studies. Practicums provide a practical experience in a supervised on-campus setting that specializes in the field of art or design. They precede an internship and prepare students to perform for employers outside the University community. Placements are available in the following areas:

  • Student Media

    There are opportunities to join Student Media for credit through art, communication, writing practicums and/or elective credit as well as volunteer positions. Student Media also hires two students a year through federal work study and offers other paid positions when available. Any student, regardless of year in school or academic major, is invited to inquire about working with Student Media. Positions are assumed for the academic year. 

  • UE Sports Information

    The practicum experience within the office of Sports Information is tailored to each student's career interests. A few examples include working a variety of sport games to gain experience in major event planning and execution, assisting in graphic design work, managing miscellaneous office tasks, and researching history and statistics.

  • Embrace Marketing and Communications

    Students may apply for positions with Embrace Marketing and Communications. A student-led marketing and communications agency, run by a team of students from several disciplines across campus.

Art and Design Internships

Internships are an excellent opportunity for students to prepare themselves for their careers after graduation as well as for graduate school. Internship experiences enhance the skills learned in the classroom and can occur either over the summer or during a semester. Interns are placed with local, regional, national, and international organizations. Some common internship placements exist at the following organizations: