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Arts and Communications Careers

Do you enjoy performing, being creative, enjoy writing, and media arts? Many careers in the arts and communications require a creative flare or talent. Programs in the arts such as dance, art or music may require an audition or portfolio review. You should contact the school for admission criteria. You can study the arts and communication at a community college, a four year college/university or at a specialty training school or enrichment program.

Arts and Communications related careers:

  • Make-up artist
  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Radio/TV Announcer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Editor
  • Foreign Language Interpreter
  • Disc Jockey

Personal Characteristics:

  • Creativity
  • Artistic talent (dance, art, music, theatre)
  • Imaginative and innovation
  • Good writing skills and enjoys reading
  • Enjoy communicating ideas

Arts and Communications Programs in West Michigan (Revised 06/15/07)

COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Art and Design
 -Art
 -Fine Art
 -Photography

Electronic Publishing (certificate)
Fashion Merchandising
Interior Decorating and Design
Multimedia Communication Technologies
Commercial Imaging
Commercial Writing
Video and Multimedia
Music
Music Recording Technology
Music Merchandising

Contact: Counseling and Career Center (616) 234-3900

Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Kalamazoo, Michigan

American Sign Language Studies (certificate)
Animation (post Associate certificate)
Digital Pre-Press
Graphic Design (certificate and 2 year)
Illustration (2 year and post Associate certificate)
Video Game Art
Visual Communication
Web Design/Interactive Media

Contact: Counseling Office (269) 488-4123
Website: https://www.kvcc.edu/academics/careerguides/guides.php

Kellogg Community College
Battle Creek, Michigan

Art Enrichment (certificate)
English for Enrichment (certificate)
Graphic Design
Multimedia Art
Music Enrichment (certificate)

Contact: Academic Advising (269) 965-4124
Website: http://www.kellogg.edu/academics/degrees-certificates/

Lake Michigan College
Benton Harbor, Michigan

Graphic Design

Contact: Counseling & Advising (269) 927-8100 or (800) 252-1562
Website: http://www.lakemichigancollege.edu/pgm

Lansing Community College
Lansing, Michigan

American Studies
Computer Graphics
 -Animation
 -Multimedia (certificate and 2 year)
 -Web Design
Commercial Music
Fashion Technology (certificate and 2 year)
Figure Studies (certificate)
Fine Art Foundation
Foreign Language
 -French
 -German
 -Japanese
 -Spanish
 -Vietnamese

Graphic Design (certificate and 2 year)
History
Humanities
Humorous Illustration (certificate)
Interior Design (certificate and 2 year)
Kitchen/Bath Design (certificate and 2 year)
Literature
Media Technology (certificate and 2 year)
Motion Picture Direction
Motion Picture Production (certificate and 2 year)
Music
Music Management
Philosophy
Photographic Imaging
Photography (certificate)
Religion
Sacred Music (certificate)
Sequential Art (certificate and 2 year)
Sign Language Interpreter (certificate and 2 year)
Speech Communication
Stage Technology (apprenticeship, certificate and 2 year)
Theatre
Writing
Visual Merchandising Technology

Contact: Advising and Counseling Center (517) 483-1904
Website: www.lcc.edu/academics

4 YEAR COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES

Aquinas College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Art (BA)
Art History (BA)
Business Administration and Communication (Dual Major)
Business Administration and Theatre (Dual Major)
Business and Art: Visual Arts Administration (Dual Major)
Ceramics (BFA)
Communication
Communication with Theatre Emphasis
Drawing (BFA)
English
Liturgical Music
Modern Languages
 -French
 -German
 -Spanish

Music
Music and Theatre (Dual Major)
Music Education
 -Choral Supervision
 -Instrumental Supervision
New Forms (BFA)
Painting (BFA)
Philosophy
Photography (BFA)
Printmaking (BFA)
Sculpture (BFA)
Theatre
Theology

Contact: Academic Advising Center (616) 732-4462 or (800) 678-9593
Website: www.aquinas.edu/academics

Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Studio Art (BFA)
Art Education (BA)
Art History (BA)
Asian Studies
Business Communication
Chinese
Classical Studies
Digital Communication
Dutch
English
Film Studies
French
German
Greek
Japanese
Latin
Mass Media
Media Relations
Music
Philosophy
Religion
Religion Education
Rhetoric Communication
Spanish
Speech Pathology & Audiology
Theatre

Contact: Admissions Office (616) 526-7076 or (800) 688-0122
Website: www.calvin.edu/admin/admissions/programs.htm

Cornerstone University
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Ancient Languages
Bible (certificate or 4 Year)
Broadcast Media
Communication Arts
Composition
Contemporary Christian Music
Educational Ministries
English
 -Literature
 -Teaching
 -Writing
 -Missions
Music Education
Pastoral Studies
Performance
Philosophy/Worldview Studies
Religion
Speech
Youth Ministry

Contact: Admissions Office (616) 222-1426 or (800) 787-9778
Website: www.cornerstone.edu/future_students/academics/programs

Ferris State University
Big Rapids, Michigan

Advertising
Applied Speech Communication (2 Year)
Communication
English Education
English Literature
Journalism (certificate)
Legal Studies
Music Industry Management
New Media Printing and Publication
Printing and Digital Graphic Imaging Technology (2 Year)
Public Relations
Technical and Professional Communication
Automotive Writing
 -Computer Information
 -Multimedia Writing
 -Publication Management
 -Scientific/Medical Writing
 -Technical Journalism

Technical Writing (certificate)
Television and Digital Media Production
Visual Design and Web Media (2 Year)

Contact: Admissions Office (231) 591-5008 or (800) 462-8553
Website: http://catalog.ferris.edu/programs

Ferris State University Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Digital Animation and Game Design
Philanthrophic Studies (certificate)

Contact: Admissions (616) 451-4777 or (800) 998-3425
Website: www.ferris.edu/grandrapids

Grace Bible College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Digital Media
Interdisciplinary Studies
General Religious Studies (2 year)
Music (2 year)
Music (BM)
 -Performance
 -Worship Media
Religious Studies
Theology (BTh)
 -Pastoral Ministry
 -Missiology
 -Youth Ministry
Youth Ministry

Contact: Admissions (616) 451-4777 or (800) 998-3425
Website: www.gbcol.edu/academics/academics.php?nav=4

Grand Valley State University
Allendale, Michigan

Art Education
Art History
Fine Art
 -Ceramics
 -Graphic Design
 -Illustration
 -Metalsmithing
 -Painting
 -Printmaking
 -Sculpture
Communications
 -Advertising and Public Relations
 -Broadcasting
 -Film and Video Production
 -Communication Studies
 -Health Communication
 -Journalism
 -Photography
-Theatre
Classics
Classical Languages
Greek
Latin
Dance
English
English Education
Linguistics
Literature
French
German
International Relations
Liberal Studies
Music
 -Music Education
 -Music Performance
Philosophy
Spanish
Theatre

Contact: Admissions Office (616) 331-2025 or (800) 748-0246
Website:  www.gvsu.edu/mll or  www.gvsu.edu/english or  www.gvsu.edu/soc or  www.gvsu.edu/art or  www.gvsu.edu/music or  www.gvsu.edu/philosophy

Hope College
Holland, Michigan

Art History
Classical Languages
Classical Studies
Communication
Dance
-Performance
Education
Therapy
English
French
German
Latin Education
Music
-Instrumental Music Education
-Jazz Studies
-Performance
-Vocal Music Education
Philosophy
Religion
Spanish
Studio Art
Theatre

Contact: Admissions Office (616) 395-7950 or (800) 968-7850
Website: www.hope.edu/academic/

Kuyper College
(formerly Reformed Bible College)
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Broadcast Media
Biblical Studies (certificate)
Christian Ministries (certificate)
Christian Foundations (certificate)
Communication Arts
Contemporary Music Technology
Educational Ministries
New Church Development
TESOL
Youth Ministry

Contact: Customer Service (616) 647-5100 or (800) 697-8223
Website: www.kuyper.edu/Academics/main.aspx

Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Art Education
Art History
Canadian Studies
Comparative Religion
Dance
English
  -Creative Writing
  -Practical Writing
  -Secondary Education
Fine Arts
  -Ceramics
  -Dance
  -Graphic Design
 -Jewelry/Metalsmithing
 -Painting
 -Photography
 -Printmaking
 -Sculpture
Interior Design
Languages
 -French
 -German
-Latin
-Spanish
Music
-Composition
-Education
-Performance
-Therapy
Philosophy
Theatre
-Music Theatre Performance
-Arts Management
-Performance
-Theatre Studies

Contact: Admissions Office (269) 387-2000
Website: www.wmich.edu/academics/undergraduate/

OTHER TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Kendall Continuing Studies
(non-credit)

(616) 451-2787 x2266
www.kcad.edu

Drawing
Painting
Photography
Animation/Audio
Interior Design
Fashion Design
Sculpture and Metals

Dale Carnegie of Michigan
(734) 953-1200
www.michigan.dalecarnegie.com
Classes/Seminars, 2 day trainings

Public Speaking Master
People Skills for Managers
Communicating with Diplomacy and Tact

Do you enjoy performing, being creative, enjoy writing, and media arts? Many careers in the arts and communications require a creative flare or talent. Programs in the arts such as dance, art or music may require an audition or portfolio review. You should contact the school for admission criteria. You can study the arts and communication at a community college, a four year college/university or at a specialty training school or enrichment program.

Arts and Communications related careers:

  • Make-up artist
  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Radio/TV Announcer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Editor
  • Foreign Language Interpreter
  • Disc Jockey

Personal Characteristics:

  • Creativity
  • Artistic talent (dance, art, music, theatre)
  • Imaginative and innovation
  • Good writing skills and enjoys reading
  • Enjoy communicating ideas

Arts and Communications Programs in West Michigan (Revised 06/15/07)

COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Art and Design
 -Art
 -Fine Art
 -Photography

Electronic Publishing (certificate)
Fashion Merchandising
Interior Decorating and Design
Multimedia Communication Technologies
Commercial Imaging
Commercial Writing
Video and Multimedia
Music
Music Recording Technology
Music Merchandising

Contact: Counseling and Career Center (616) 234-3900

Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Kalamazoo, Michigan

American Sign Language Studies (certificate)
Animation (post Associate certificate)
Digital Pre-Press
Graphic Design (certificate and 2 year)
Illustration (2 year and post Associate certificate)
Video Game Art
Visual Communication
Web Design/Interactive Media

Contact: Counseling Office (269) 488-4123
Website: www.kvcc.edu/careerguides/guides.htm

Kellogg Community College
Battle Creek, Michigan

Art Enrichment (certificate)
English for Enrichment (certificate)
Graphic Design
Multimedia Art
Music Enrichment (certificate)

Contact: Academic Advising (269) 965-4124
Website: www.kellogg.cc.mi.us/artscomm/index.html

Lake Michigan College
Benton Harbor, Michigan

Graphic Design

Contact: Counseling & Advising (269) 927-8100 or (800) 252-1562
Website: www.lakemichigancollege.edu/dept/programs.html

Lansing Community College
Lansing, Michigan

American Studies
Computer Graphics
 -Animation
 -Multimedia (certificate and 2 year)
 -Web Design
Commercial Music
Fashion Technology (certificate and 2 year)
Figure Studies (certificate)
Fine Art Foundation
Foreign Language
 -French
 -German
 -Japanese
 -Spanish
 -Vietnamese

Graphic Design (certificate and 2 year)
History
Humanities
Humorous Illustration (certificate)
Interior Design (certificate and 2 year)
Kitchen/Bath Design (certificate and 2 year)
Literature
Media Technology (certificate and 2 year)
Motion Picture Direction
Motion Picture Production (certificate and 2 year)
Music
Music Management
Philosophy
Photographic Imaging
Photography (certificate)
Religion
Sacred Music (certificate)
Sequential Art (certificate and 2 year)
Sign Language Interpreter (certificate and 2 year)
Speech Communication
Stage Technology (apprenticeship, certificate and 2 year)
Theatre
Writing
Visual Merchandising Technology

Contact: Advising and Counseling Center (517) 483-1904
Website: www.lcc.edu/academics

4 YEAR COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES

Aquinas College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Art (BA)
Art History (BA)
Business Administration and Communication (Dual Major)
Business Administration and Theatre (Dual Major)
Business and Art: Visual Arts Administration (Dual Major)
Ceramics (BFA)
Communication
Communication with Theatre Emphasis
Drawing (BFA)
English
Liturgical Music
Modern Languages
 -French
 -German
 -Spanish

Music
Music and Theatre (Dual Major)
Music Education
 -Choral Supervision
 -Instrumental Supervision
New Forms (BFA)
Painting (BFA)
Philosophy
Photography (BFA)
Printmaking (BFA)
Sculpture (BFA)
Theatre
Theology

Contact: Academic Advising Center (616) 732-4462 or (800) 678-9593
Website: www.aquinas.edu/academics

Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Studio Art (BFA)
Art Education (BA)
Art History (BA)
Asian Studies
Business Communication
Chinese
Classical Studies
Digital Communication
Dutch
English
Film Studies
French
German
Greek
Japanese
Latin
Mass Media
Media Relations
Music
Philosophy
Religion
Religion Education
Rhetoric Communication
Spanish
Speech Pathology & Audiology
Theatre

Contact: Admissions Office (616) 526-7076 or (800) 688-0122
Website: www.calvin.edu/admin/admissions/programs.htm

Cornerstone University
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Ancient Languages
Bible (certificate or 4 Year)
Broadcast Media
Communication Arts
Composition
Contemporary Christian Music
Educational Ministries
English
 -Literature
 -Teaching
 -Writing
 -Missions
Music Education
Pastoral Studies
Performance
Philosophy/Worldview Studies
Religion
Speech
Youth Ministry

Contact: Admissions Office (616) 222-1426 or (800) 787-9778
Website: www.cornerstone.edu/future_students/academics/programs

Ferris State University
Big Rapids, Michigan

Advertising
Applied Speech Communication (2 Year)
Communication
English Education
English Literature
Journalism (certificate)
Legal Studies
Music Industry Management
New Media Printing and Publication
Printing and Digital Graphic Imaging Technology (2 Year)
Public Relations
Technical and Professional Communication
Automotive Writing
 -Computer Information
 -Multimedia Writing
 -Publication Management
 -Scientific/Medical Writing
 -Technical Journalism

Technical Writing (certificate)
Television and Digital Media Production
Visual Design and Web Media (2 Year)

Contact: Admissions Office (231) 591-5008 or (800) 462-8553
Website: http://catalog.ferris.edu/programs

Ferris State University Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Digital Animation and Game Design
Philanthrophic Studies (certificate)

Contact: Admissions (616) 451-4777 or (800) 998-3425
Website: www.ferris.edu/grandrapids

Grace Bible College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Digital Media
Interdisciplinary Studies
General Religious Studies (2 year)
Music (2 year)
Music (BM)
 -Performance
 -Worship Media
Religious Studies
Theology (BTh)
 -Pastoral Ministry
 -Missiology
 -Youth Ministry
Youth Ministry

Contact: Admissions (616) 451-4777 or (800) 998-3425
Website: www.gbcol.edu/academics/academics.php?nav=4

Grand Valley State University
Allendale, Michigan

Art Education
Art History
Fine Art
 -Ceramics
 -Graphic Design
 -Illustration
 -Metalsmithing
 -Painting
 -Printmaking
 -Sculpture
Communications
 -Advertising and Public Relations
 -Broadcasting
 -Film and Video Production
 -Communication Studies
 -Health Communication
 -Journalism
 -Photography
-Theatre
Classics
Classical Languages
Greek
Latin
Dance
English
English Education
Linguistics
Literature
French
German
International Relations
Liberal Studies
Music
 -Music Education
 -Music Performance
Philosophy
Spanish
Theatre

Contact: Admissions Office (616) 331-2025 or (800) 748-0246
Website:  www.gvsu.edu/mll or  www.gvsu.edu/english or  www.gvsu.edu/soc or  www.gvsu.edu/art or  www.gvsu.edu/music or  www.gvsu.edu/philosophy

Hope College
Holland, Michigan

Art History
Classical Languages
Classical Studies
Communication
Dance
-Performance
Education
Therapy
English
French
German
Latin Education
Music
-Instrumental Music Education
-Jazz Studies
-Performance
-Vocal Music Education
Philosophy
Religion
Spanish
Studio Art
Theatre

Contact: Admissions Office (616) 395-7950 or (800) 968-7850
Website: www.hope.edu/academic/

Kuyper College
(formerly Reformed Bible College)
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Broadcast Media
Biblical Studies (certificate)
Christian Ministries (certificate)
Christian Foundations (certificate)
Communication Arts
Contemporary Music Technology
Educational Ministries
New Church Development
TESOL
Youth Ministry

Contact: Customer Service (616) 647-5100 or (800) 697-8223
Website: www.kuyper.edu/Academics/main.aspx

Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Art Education
Art History
Canadian Studies
Comparative Religion
Dance
English
  -Creative Writing
  -Practical Writing
  -Secondary Education
Fine Arts
  -Ceramics
  -Dance
  -Graphic Design
 -Jewelry/Metalsmithing
 -Painting
 -Photography
 -Printmaking
 -Sculpture
Interior Design
Languages
 -French
 -German
-Latin
-Spanish
Music
-Composition
-Education
-Performance
-Therapy
Philosophy
Theatre
-Music Theatre Performance
-Arts Management
-Performance
-Theatre Studies

Contact: Admissions Office (269) 387-2000
Website: www.wmich.edu/academics/undergraduate/

OTHER TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Kendall Continuing Studies
(non-credit)

(616) 451-2787 x2266
www.kcad.edu

Drawing
Painting
Photography
Animation/Audio
Interior Design
Fashion Design
Sculpture and Metals

Dale Carnegie of Michigan
(734) 953-1200
www.michigan.dalecarnegie.com
Classes/Seminars, 2 day trainings

Public Speaking Master
People Skills for Managers
Communicating with Diplomacy and Tact