Capitalize on the Differences
The standard difference between a fine arts and a standard arts degree is the use of the finished product. Fine arts tend to refer to aesthetically pleasing forms of painting, sculpting and other visual art forms. A standard arts degree emphasizes the practical nature of the craft, such as the creation of furniture, fashion or industrial designs.
For example, the University of Louisville(2) offers a Bachelor of Arts degree that emphasizes drawing, photography and mixed media work. In contrast, a Bachelor of Fine Arts is offered to the studio artist who wishes to work in communication art and design as well as interior architecture.
The school outlines that a studio artist may find employment as an advertising artist, graphic designer, art therapist, display painter, landscape architect, color expert, calligrapher, furniture designer, engraver, mannequin decorator and more. The Academy of Art University's School of Fine Art(3) underscores this trend by also adding jewelry design to its offerings.