Careers in Art
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in
Art

Teaching Certification is also available that would lead to a Bachelor of Science in Science Education with a concentration in Art. See College of Education and Allied Professions for more information.

What jobs are available?

Art teacher, Art therapist, Photographer, Animator/graphic designer, Artist or crafts person, Curator/ conservator, Gallery owner or sales person, Display designer (theatre/stores /museums), Travel/tour guide, Journalist for art publication/art critic, Illustrator, Consultant, Appraiser, Art historian.

Who employs students with this major?
  • Many are self-employed
  • Museums and galleries
  • Local historical societies
  • Craft guilds and arts associations
  • Newspapers and publishing houses
  • Design companies and cartoonists
  • Advertising /public relations firms
  • Photo agencies, studios
  • Commercial firms and corporations
  • Libraries and universities
  • Public and private schools
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Prisons and rehabilitation centers
  • Hospitals and nursing homes
  • Fashion and interior designers
Good skills or traits for students with this major:
  • Ability to accept criticism or even rejection, and use it to enhance further performance.
  • Must have natural artistic/creative skills, talent or ability.
  • Willing to sacrifice material possessions for freedom of expression/creativity.
  • Learn to network and make contacts.
Special training, degrees or experience I may need:
  • Do an internship, co-op, or volunteer in an art museum, gallery or design firm.
  • Obtain education degree and certification for teaching K-12.
  • Participate in juried shows, join a guild, and prepare and maintain a portfolio of your work.
  • Specialize in sales, history, writing or business if you do not want to be self-employed.
  • To be a therapist- do specialized training or graduate work in Psychology and do volunteer work with special populations.
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