Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Creative Arts

Choose from tracks in visual arts, music, theatre or broadcast journalism. You can also combine courses like vocal performance, costume and makeup design, or journalism and documentary filmmaking, to create a custom experience that fits your interests. Get hands-on experience in our art studios, digital labs, private rehearsal rooms, scene and costume shops, theatre and television station.

​Program Highlights

  • Choose from a wide range of interests to experiment with your ideas or you can focus on one artistic discipline.
  • Hands-on and extracurricular opportunities, including chamber orchestra, chamber singers, college chorus, campus radio station (88.3 FM, WVCR The Saint), and theatre productions, help students perfect their craft.

Skills Developed

  • Creativity
  • Research
  • Idea generation
  • Discipline
  • Focus
  • Collaboration
  • Analysis
  • Leadership

Internship Sites

  • Albany Institute of History and Art
  • Albany Symphony Orchestra
  • Capital Repertory Theatre
  • New York State Museum
  • Proctors
  • Times Union Center
  • Albany Center Gallery
  • Mark McCarty Photography
  • Carriage House Art Cente>

Creative Arts Department

If you have a passion for the arts—whether it’s a love of music, theatre, painting, drawing, videography, photography or broadcast journalism—consider majoring in the creative arts at Siena.

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Career Opportunities

Fine Artists create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

Job titles include: Artist, Fine Artist, Sculptor, Painter, Artist Blacksmith, Illustrator, Portrait Artist, Sacred Art Artist, Stained Glass Artist, Automotive Artist

Wages:

The median annual wage was $44,850 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Graphic Designers design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

Job titles include: Graphic Designer, Graphic Artist, Designer, Creative Director, Artist, Design Director, Composing Room Supervisor, Creative Manager, Desktop Publisher, Graphic Designer/Production

Wages:

The median annual wage was $44,150 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Music Directors direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras or choirs.

Job titles include: Music Director, Conductor, Choir Director, Music Minister, Handbell Choir Director, Music Ministries Director, Artistic Director, Worship Arts Director, Chancel Choir Director, Children’s Choir Director

Wages:

The median annual wage was $47,350 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Instrumental Musicians play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, or as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group.

Job titles include: Musician, Violinist, Horn Player, Oboist, Orchestra Musician, Percussionist, Violist, Cellist, Clarinetist, English Horn Player

Wages:

The median hourly wage was $23.50 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Actors play parts in stage, television, radio, video, motion picture productions, or other settings for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audience. May dance and sing.

Job titles include: Actor, Actress, Comedian, Comic, Community Theater Actor, Narrator, Voice-Over Artist, Stand Up Comedian, Theatre Ensemble Member, Understudy

Wages:

The median hourly wage was $20.26 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Multimedia Artists create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

Job titles include: Animator, Creative Director, Art Director, Artist, Graphic Artist, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, 3D Artist, 3D Animator, Animation Director

Wages:

The median annual wage was $61,370 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Art, Drama, and Music Professors teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Job titles include: Professor, Music Professor, Art Professor, Theatre Professor, Art Instructor, Professor of Music, Art History Professor, Dance Professor, Assistant Professor of Music, Associate Professor, Visual Arts Professor, Studio Art Professor

Wages:

The median annual wage was $62,160 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% from 2012 to 2022.

Art Directors formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.

Job titles include: Art Director; Art Supervisor; Creative Director; Creative Guru; Design Director; Designer; Director of Creative Services, Consumer Products; Group Art Supervisor; Production Manager; Senior Art Director

Wages:

The median annual wage was $80,880 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Curators administer collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution.

Job titles include: Curator, Museum Curator, Collections Curator, Associate Curator, Collections Manager, Curator of Collections, Curator of Education, Exhibitions Curator, Exhibits Curator, Gallery Director

Wages:

The median annual wage was $49,590 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Film and Video Editors edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

Job titles include: Editor, Video Editor, News Editor, Videographer, News Video Editor, News Videotape Editor, Assistant Film Editor, Film Editor, Non-Linear Editor, Online Editor

Wages:

The median annual wage was $51,300 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow -2-2% from 2012 to 2022.

Radio and Television Announcers speak or read from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio or television. May announce artist or title of performance, identify station, or interview guests.

Job titles include: News Anchor, Anchor, Television News Anchor (TV News Anchor), Announcer, Meteorologist, Host, Program Director, Sports Director, Radio Announcer, News Director

Wages:

The median annual wage was $28,020 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow -2-2% from 2012 to 2022.

Broadcast and Journalism Professors teach courses in communications, such as organizational communications, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, and journalism. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Job titles include: Professor, Communication Professor, Instructor, Communication Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Speech Professor, Speech Instructor, Mass Communications Professor, Communication Lecturer

Wages:

The median annual wage was $62,180 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Producers plan and coordinate various aspects of radio, television, stage, or motion picture production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing. Directors interpret script, conduct rehearsals, and direct activities of cast and technical crew for stage, motion pictures, television, or radio programs.

Job titles include: Producer, News Producer, Television News Producer, Promotions Producer, Television Producer (TV Producer), Animation Producer, Executive Producer, Newscast Producer, Radio Producer, Associate Producer, Director, Television Director (TV Director), Artistic Director, Newscast Director, Stage Manager, Technical Director, News Production Supervisor, Television Newscast Director, Assistant Director, Associate Artistic Director

Wages:

The median annual wage was $71,350 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is expected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

The broadcasting industry includes radio and television broadcasting, as well as and cable and other subscription programming. It includes organizations that operate broadcasting studios and facilities for over the air or satellite delivery of radio and television programs of entertainment, news, talk, and the like. These establishments are often engaged in the production and purchase of programs and generating revenues from the sale of air time to advertisers and from donations, subsidies, and/or the sale of programs.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the finance and insurance industry is expected to grow 4% by 2022.

Photographers photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

Job titles include: Photographer, Photojournalist, Newspaper Photographer, Newspaper Photojournalist, Advertising Photographer, News Photographer, Photo Editor, Sports Photographer, Studio Photographer

Wages:

The median annual wage was $28,490 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Museum Technicians restore, maintain, or prepare objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit. May work with specimens such as fossils, skeletal parts, or botanicals; or artifacts, textiles, or art. May identify and record objects or install and arrange them in exhibits. Includes book or document conservators.

Job titles include: Conservator, Objects Conservator, Paintings Conservator, Conservation Technician, Exhibit Technician, Paper Conservator, Collections Manager, Preparator, Museum Registrar, Art Preparator

Wages:

The median annual wage was $38,220 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Museums/historical sites industry engages in the preservation and exhibition of objects, sites, and natural wonders of historical, cultural, and/or educational value. Careers include curators, museum technicians and conservators and tour guides.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the museums/historical sites industry is expected to grow 15.6% by 2022.