What can I do with this major?

Area

Employer

 

Area:

Art Museums/Galleries

Sub-Area:

  • Education
  • Administration
  • Curatorial
  • Conservation
  • Registrar
  • Collections Management
  • Sales
  • Publications
  • Development
  • Public Relations
  • Exhibit Design/Preparation
  • Archivist
  • Tour Guides/Docent

Employers:

  • Government or private museums
  • Local historical societies
  • Galleries

Area:

Fine Art

Sub-Area:

Employers:

  • Self-employed
  • Shared studios
  • Historic sites
  • School/Community programs

Area:

Commercial Art

Sub-Area:

  • Graphic Art
  • Computer Graphics
  • Illustration
  • Advertising

Employers:

  • Newspapers
  • Publishing houses
  • Advertising agencies
  • Design firms
  • Large companies - product design divisions
  • Department stores
  • Television and motion picture industry
  • Non-technical and technical books, magazines, and trade publications
  • Internet media companies
  • Self-employed (freelance)

Area:

Education

Sub-Area:

  • Studio Art
  • Fine Arts
  • Art History

Employers:

  • Art schools
  • Public and private schools (K-12)
  • Colleges and universities
  • Adult and community programs
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Alternative schools
  • Group homes

Area:

Art Therapy

Sub-Area:

Employers:

  • Hospitals, nursing homes
  • Mental health facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Nonprofit organizations

Area:

Media

Sub-Area:

  • Sales
  • Programming
  • Design
  • Video
  • Production
  • Editing
  • Art Journalism
  • Illustration
  • Art Criticism
  • Animation/Cartoons

Employers:

  • Corporate media departments
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Nonprofit agencies
  • Public relations and advertising firms
  • Independent production companies
  • Art-related publications
  • Publishing houses
  • Newspapers and magazines

Area:

Photography

Sub-Area:

Employers:

  • Museums and historical societies
  • Media organizations
  • Photo agencies, studios, and auction houses
  • Libraries
  • Self-employment
  • Large corporations
  • Hospitals

Area:

Fashion, Textile, Interior Design

Sub-Area:

Employers:

  • Pattern companies
  • Apparel manufacturers/textile mills
  • Interior design departments
  • Commercial/residential design firms
  • Self-employment

Area:

Art Sales

Sub-Area:

Employers:

  • Galleries/Museums
  • Auction houses
  • Specialty stores

Area:

Retail

Sub-Area:

  • Buying
  • Store Management
  • Display Design
  • Fashion Coordination
  • Custom Framing

Employers:

  • Retail stores, including department, grocery, drug, specialty, and variety chains

General Information and Strategies

  • A bachelor's degree is valuable for entry-level positions, but an advanced degree is usually necessary to attain competitive, upper-level positions.
  • An art degree can and should be tailored to areas of specialization.
  • Save artwork for a strong portfolio - too much is better than too little.
  • Be prepared to relocate to the larger markets of metropolitan areas where more opportunities exist.
  • Join art related professional and student organizations.
  • Volunteer with fundraising efforts for the arts.
  • Gain valuable experience through volunteering, internships, part-time and summer jobs, and apprenticeships.
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in areas of interest to learn more about opportunities and strategies for these areas.
  • Learn to network.
  • Be prepared to begin career in entry-level positions.
  • Pair an art degree with other career interests to increase opportunities and provide supplemental income.
  • Develop skills in business management, computers, marketing, and other related areas to increase marketability.
  • A career in the arts takes dedication, patience, flexibility, talent, and some luck.

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