What Can I Do With A Major In Art?

Art majors learn to create images, objects, and environments using a variety of techniques and media. Students develop skills in problem-solving and in the understanding of the visual arts. Art majors usually begin with an introductory design course and then choose a medium for focused study. Employment in this field is very competitive. However, art majors find a career opportunities in advertising, architecture, art scholarship, art education, art history, illustration, interior design, crafts, jewelry, graphic design, photography, and studio art.

Is This Major For You?

You might like this major if you also like: museums and galleries; drawing and painting; photography; taking risks; travel; working independently

Consider this major if you are good at: creativity; attention to detail; concentration; spatial reasoning; relational thinking; critical reading/thinking; self-discipline

Employment Settings

  • Advertising agencies
  • Historical societies
  • Art galleries
  • Publishing companies
  • Museums
  • Teaching hospitals and law firms
  • Photography studios
  • Non-profit community agencies
  • Educational institutions
  • Garment industry

Sample Occupations

  • Advertising Manager
  • Art Appraiser
  • Art Therapist
  • Art Historian
  • Book/Medical Illustrator
  • Conservator/Restorer
  • Curator
  • Commercial Designer
  • Educator
  • Fashion/Jewelry Designer
  • Photographer

Academic Assistance Center Resources

Career Opportunities in Art
Careers for Crafty People and Other Dexterous Types
The Fine Artist's Career Guide
Great Jobs for Art Majors
How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist
Opportunities Arts and Crafts

Typical Courses In This Major

  • 2-D or 3-D Design
  • Drawing
  • Art History
  • Sculpture
  • Painting
  • Ceramics
  • Photography
  • Graphic Design

Other Majors You Might Like

  • Architecture
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Theatre Design and Technology
  • Classics

Websites To Visit

National Association of Schools of Art & Design

Art Career

College Art Association (CAA)

For more information on this and other majors, visit the Transfer and Career Planning Office located in the Academic Assistance Center, RBAC 164, ext. 2132.

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