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"Living on campus is a life experience I have learned so much from. We eat together, watch TV together, study together, and do absolutely nothing together. When I go home for breaks, it's like I'm leaving my second family!"
- Jess Cutler, Class of '10, from FL

What can I do with this degree?

ART

 

AREAS: ART MUSEUMS/GALLERIES
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
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.

AREAS: FINE ARTS

EMPLOYERS
Self-employed
Shared studios
Historic sites
School/Community programs
STRATEGIES
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.

AREAS: COMMERCIAL ART
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
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.

AREAS: EDUCATION
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
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.

AREAS: ART THERAPY

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

STRATEGIES
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.

AREAS: MEDIA
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
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.

AREAS: PHOTOGRAPHY

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

STRATEGIES
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.

AREAS: FASHION, TEXTILE, INTERIOR DESIGN

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

STRATEGIES
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.

AREAS: ART SALES

EMPLOYERS
Galleries/Museums
Auction houses
Specialty stores

STRATEGIES
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.

AREAS: RETAIL
Buying
Store Management
Display Design
Fashion Coordination
Custom Framing

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

STRATEGIES
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
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.

 

Art-Related Links

Artists and Related Workers

National Press Photographers Association - Careers in Photojournalism

American Institute of Graphic Arts

American Association of Art Museums

American Society of Media Photographers

College Art Association

American Craft Council

Animation World Network

Association for Art History

Art History Network

World Wide Art Resources

ArtSource

Artist Resource

American Art Therapy Association

Museum Job Resources Online

Fashion Net

Advice on Art

New York Foundation for the Arts

Association of Medical Illustrators

The Society of Illustrators

National Cartoonists Society

Industrial Designers Society of America

Visual Artist from the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Photographers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Designers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Archivists, Curator, and Museum Technicians from the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA /ADEA Employer

 

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