Hamline News

The Art of a Career in Fine Arts


By Corey Jolma '18

Surrounded by the vibrant and diverse Twin Cities arts scene, Hamline University students have unique and plentiful opportunities to express their creativity both on campus and off.

This fall, the Fine Arts Bash & Majors Fair allowed students to talk one-on-one with professors about what a fine arts major has to offer. Many Hamline students attended this event to informally learn about majors such as studio arts, art history, digital media arts, music, theatre and dance, and creative writing. Students were able to sit down with the professors of each department to ask questions about classes and potential careers of each area of study.

Dave Ryan, chair of the Digital Media Arts Department, attended the event to promote the digital media arts major and to discuss why it is a valuable area of study.

“There’s a lot of need for media skills,” said Ryan. “Our students pursue one of four areas of specialization: video, audio, web, or graphic design. With those technical skills, along with their own creativity and Hamline’s emphasis on the liberal arts, our majors have a portfolio and preparation for a variety of professional opportunities in the digital realm.”

Ryan also mentioned various student work study positions within the major, from being an intern for the department, working in Hamline’s radio or TV studio, or reporting for Hamline’s student run newspaper, The Oracle.

Bill Wallace, chair of the Theatre Arts Department, said the theatre arts major prepares students to be successful regardless of breadth of study. “Everyone leaves with materials and portfolio work.” said Wallace.

Students have the opportunity to find work with major theater productions from being a stage manager to working behind the scenes in the sound studios.

Remi Remmey ‘19 is theater arts and business management double major and has found rewarding work within the department. As the assistant production manager in the department, Remmey works with other shop managers to ensure they have the resources they need to create various projects, as well as budgeting and managing files.

“The students play a huge role the productions on campus.” said Remmey. “You really learn how to think outside the box.”

You can find out more about the opportunities for fine arts majors at Hamline, and check out the exhibition and performance schedules, on the Hamline website.