The formal study of art will give you the historical background, tools and knowledge required to understand the connection between art and life.

There is ample evidence that the arts help students develop the attitudes, characteristics and intellectual skills required to participate effectively in today’s society and economy. The arts teach self-discipline, reinforce self-esteem and foster the thinking skills and creativity so valued in the workplace. They teach the importance of teamwork and cooperation. They demonstrate the direct connection between study, hard work and high levels of achievement.

Mid-Plains Community College can help you prepare for a professional career in the field of art. By completing an Associate of Fine Arts degree at MPCC, you will gain the necessary skill sets to seamlessly transfer into almost any college or university and be adequately prepared to complete academic expectations successfully.

Mid-Plains Community College was the first college in the State of Nebraska to offer an Associate of Fine Arts degree.

There are significant strategies in turning a love for creating two or three dimensional art pieces into a gratifying and successful career in the world of art. If becoming a working artist in one of a number of mediums is your goal, our program is an excellent place to develop and hone your skills.

Our instructors are working artists, themselves, and have the hands-on experience and teaching ability to grow your abilities. But, while improving technique is important, learning the business of art is equally important. There are countless other art-related careers that you should explore to help subsidize your development.

It would be almost impossible to list all the possible career opportunities for a person with an art degree. Please note that most listed here would typically require more than an associate’s degree in fine arts.

Some possible careers are:

  • Art critic
  • Museum curator
  • Art instructor
  • Art supplies sales representative
  • Fine art salesperson
  • Art therapist
  • Art gallery owner
  • Animation and game designer
  • Architect
  • Art director
  • Artist
  • Arts manager
  • Cartoonist
  • Choreographer
  • Cinematographer
  • Costume designer
  • Fashion buyer
  • Fashion designer
  • Fashion merchandiser
  • Fashion sales associate
  • Fashion sales representative
  • Fashion stylist
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Industrial designer
  • Interior designer
  • Landscape architect
  • Makeup artist
  • Model
  • Motion picture director
  • Motion picture editor
  • Museum curator
  • Museum technician
  • Music manager
  • Photographer
  • Producer
  • Production assistant
  • Record producer
  • Set designer
  • Video editor
  • Web designer

Rick Johnson
McCook Campus

Dik Haneline
North Platte Campus