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Career Opportunities with a Major in Art



Marie is an artist in residence at Coney Island USA, a non-profit artist group operating on the fabled Coney Island boardwalk in Brooklyn, NY. Marie creates the eye-grabbing banners that adorn the exterior walls of the Coney Island Sideshow below, pulling passers-by in off of the boardwalk to see the latest and greatest attractions! Marie has an incredibly demanding scheduling, spending half of her time in the art studio and the other half teaching art across the river at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. Aspiring artists should listen carefully to Marie's time-tested advice for personal success!


Many jobs require a college educated individual. College graduates can use their education in a wide variety of occupations.

Many careers in the visual arts make use of the skills and knowledge acquired in the fine arts program. However, some careers require further education, apprenticeship training, or certification. Commercial design and graphics, environmental design and architecture, education, business, crafts, and fine arts all offer an array of possibilities for art graduates.

Skills Related to Art

  • Ability to decipher and interpret the noverbal language of art and design

  • Ability to conceptualize both rationally and intuitively

  • Familiarity with major achievements in history of art and knowledge of the ways in which art reflects cultural values

  • Ability to communicate ideas and emotions creatively

  • Ability to recognize differences in shapes, shading, and color

  • Aptitude for spatial relationships

Potential Careers Related to Art

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The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with an Art major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which Art majors may consider.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

Advertising Designer Antique Dealer Architect
Archivist Arranger Art Appraiser
Art Consultant Art Director Art Historian
Art Journalist Art Therapist Artist
Artists multimedia Cartographer Cartoonist
Clothes Designer Computer Animator Critic
Curator Custom Framer Display Designer
Exhibit Designer Fashion Illustrator Film Producer/Editor
Fine Artist Florist Furniture Designer
Gallery Director Graphic Artist Graphic Designer
Industrial Designer Interior Decorator Jewelry Maker
Medical Illustrator Painter Photo Restorer
Photographer Script Writer Sculptor
Sign Painter Sound Engineer Teacher
Technical Illustrator    


Employers in Art

  • Film Industry

  • Greeting Card Companies

  • Interior Design Companies

  • Restoration Firms

  • Public Relations Firms

  • Corporate Curators

  • Newspapers

  • Magazines

  • Advertising Firms

  • Publishing Companies

  • Radio/TV Industries

  • Architectural Firms

  • Photography Studios

  • Art Galleries

  • Museums

  • Sign Shops

  • Art Supply Stores

  • Printing Firms

  • Textile Industries

Examples of Resumes

  • MSU Denver students and alumni register with your msudenver.edu email address on OptimalResume

Professional Organizations in This Field

Websites Related to Art

The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.