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OPINIONS

PURSUING A DEGREE IN FINE ARTS IS USUALLY MET WITH THE INSULT THAT IT IS A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY.

THEY ARE STILL SEEN AS UNEMPLOYABLE HIPSTERS WITH AN ESOTERIC SKILL AND A TON OF STUDENT LOANS DEBT.

retail giant. Buzzfeed reported one parent saying, “As a

from the institutionalization of art: “Now you didn’t

scrutinizing my career choice if they have encountered

mother and a career artist, I’m astounded that a company

go off to Paris and hole up in a garret to produce

words recently in response to any doubt that creative

as large and influential as you are could approve of a

your masterpiece, your Les Demoiselles d’Avignon

writing is a valuable skill.

design that encourages toddlers to stifle their creativity.

or Ulysses, and wait for the world to catch up with

Toddlers. I’m horrified at the thought of putting a shirt

you. Like a doctor or lawyer, you [go] to graduate

Although creative people may gain confidence later

like this on my own 20 month old daughter. Shame,

school—M.F.A. programs [are] also proliferating—and

in life to dream of becoming creative professionals,

shame, shame.” After a public apology, Old Navy

then [try] to find a position.” The image of the destitute

children will not have that dream until the classroom

removed the shirt, but the question remains— why so

artist locked away in a garret may still be the persistent

becomes a space that encourages creativity. With the

much hostility towards creative professions? The problem

image of artists. Although people regularly encounter

rise of creative entrepreneurs, the viability of a creative

is simple: artists have an image problem. They are still

the practical application of art, they rarely connect that

professional will not remain invisible to children, and

seen as unemployable hipsters with an esoteric skill and

work with a liberal arts major.

parents will have to concede that it is a good thing for their child to dream of being an artist.

a ton of student loan debt. Pursuing a degree in fine arts is usually met with the Although the creative professions have been on the rise

insult that it is a waste of time and money. I used to be

since the early 2000s, the term “creative professional”

hesitant about divulging my major, always anticipating

is still relatively new. In 2015, William Deresiewics

a quiet rebuke or scrutinizing eyes that always followed

reported in The Atlantic that the term artist was dead

the question, “So, what are you going to do with that?”

and the emergence of the creative entrepreneur came

Now, I am less hesitant and will usually ask people

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Fall 2016  

SCAN is the student magazine of SCAD Atlanta

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