Art

Art

What can I do with this major?

Area

Employer

Information/Strategies


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
Strategies & Information:
  • Intern or volunteer in an art museum.
  • Develop strength in art history areas.
  • Enhance computer skills.
  • Earn a business minor.
  • Acquire strong skills in research, fund-raising, speaking, and writing.
  • Earn an advanced degree in an academic discipline or museum studies for greater career opportunities.
  • Each specialty has varying qualifications and required training.
  • Develop good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work well on teams.

Area:

Fine Art

Sub-Area:
    Employers:
    • Self-employed
    • Shared studios
    • Historic sites
    • School/Community programs
    Strategies & Information:
    • Prepare a strong portfolio.
    • Participate in juried shows.
    • Secure guild membership.
    • Consider developing a source of supplemental income.
    • Learn to network and make contacts.
    • Develop strong skills in area of interest.
    • Obtain experience through apprenticeships, internships, or volunteering.

    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)
    Strategies & Information:
    • Prepare a strong portfolio.
    • Gain computer and technical skills.
    • Find an internship in a design firm.
    • Work on campus publications in design or layout.
    • Obtain summer or part-time experience with book, magazine, or newspaper publishers.
    • Develop attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
    • Supplement curriculum with course work in advertising or business.

    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
    Strategies & Information:
    • Obtain certification for public school teaching.
    • Graduate degree usually required for post-secondary teaching.
    • Develop a specialty area.
    • Work or volunteer as a tutor, camp counselor, Big Brother/Sister, or after-school program counselor.
    • Become a member of art clubs.
    • Obtain substitute teaching experience.
    • Develop strength in art history areas.

    Area:

    Art Therapy

    Sub-Area:
      Employers:
      • Hospitals, nursing homes
      • Mental health facilities
      • Rehabilitation centers
      • Nonprofit organizations
      Strategies & Information:
      • Requires specialized training and certification, usually a master's degree in art therapy.
      • Supplement curriculum with psychology, social work, or counseling courses.
      • Gain experience working with diverse populations.

      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
      Strategies & Information:
      • Compile an up-to-date portfolio.
      • Gain knowledge of a variety of technical equipment. Develop strong computer skills.
      • Participate in student theatrical productions.
      • Serve as audio-visual aide for campus films and lectures.
      • Act as photographer for campus events.
      • Work on student publications.
      • Gain experience through internships in media or related areas.
      • Supplement curriculum with courses in business, journalism, or broadcasting/electronic media.

      Area:

      Photography

      Sub-Area:
        Employers:
        • Museums and historical societies
        • Media organizations
        • Photo agencies, studios, and auction houses
        • Libraries
        • Self-employment
        • Large corporations
        • Hospitals
        Strategies & Information:
        • Apprentice with a free-lance photographer.
        • Prepare a black and white and a color portfolio.
        • Obtain a staff photographer position with the yearbook, campus newspaper, or magazine.
        • Act as an audio-visual assistant or projectionist.

        Area:

        Fashion, Textile, Interior Design

        Sub-Area:
          Employers:
          • Pattern companies
          • Apparel manufacturers/textile mills
          • Interior design departments
          • Commercial/residential design firms
          • Self-employment
          Strategies & Information:
          • Prepare a strong portfolio.
          • Complete an internship in a production firm.
          • Create and fit costumes for stage productions.
          • Enter design ideas in magazine contests.
          • Become a student member of professional organization(s).
          • Research requirements for entering these fields. Some may require specialized training or additional degrees.

          Area:

          Art Sales

          Sub-Area:
            Employers:
            • Galleries/Museums
            • Auction houses
            • Specialty stores
            Strategies & Information:
            • Gain sales experience.
            • Obtain a business minor.
            • Develop computer skills.
            • Establish contacts by attending shows.
            • Volunteer in museums, membership drives, and community outreach programs.
            • Serve as a student assistant in a university gallery.
            • Develop strong interpersonal and communication skills.

            Area:

            Retail

            Sub-Area:
            • Buying
            • Store Management
            • Display Design
            • Fashion Coordination
            • Custom Framing
            Employers:
            • Retail stores, including department, grocery, drug, specialty, and variety chains
            Strategies & Information:
            • Gain sales experience.
            • Enhance curriculum with business courses.
            • Obtain summer, part-time, or internship positions in retail.
            • Secure leadership in campus organizations.
            • Serve as treasurer or financial officer of an organization.
            • Obtain a sales position with the yearbook or campus newspaper.

            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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