Art Career Opportunities

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ART MUSEUMS / GALLERIES


Education
Administration
Curatorial
Conservation
Registrar
Collections Management
Sales
Publications
Development
Public Relations
Exhibit Design/Preparation
Archivist
Tour Guides/Docent

  • Museums - Large or small, government or private, and local historical societies
  • Galleries - Large or small, private or government
  • Obtain internship or volunteer in an art museum.
  • Develop strength in art history areas.
  • Enhance computer skills.
    Take 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.

FINE ARTS

  • Self-employed
  • Shared studios
  • Historic sites
  • School/Community programs
  • Participate in juried shows.
  • Secure guild membership.
  • Develop alternate means of supplementing
    income as "insurance."
  • Learn to network and make contacts.

COMMERCIAL ART


Graphic Art

Computer Graphics

Illustration

  • Newspapers
  • Publishing houses
  • Advertising agencies
  • Design firms
  • Large companies--product design
  • Department stores
  • Television and motion picture industry
  • Non-technical and technical books,
    magazines, trade publications
  • Self-employed (freelance)
  • Prepare a strong portfolio.
  • Gain computer and technical skills. Find internship in design firm. Work on campus publications in design or layout. Get summer or part-time experience at book,
    magazine or newspaper publishers.
  • Develop attention to detail and ability to meet
    deadlines.

EDUCATION


Studio Art

Fine Arts

Art History

  • Art schools
  • Public/private schools, K-12
  • Colleges and universities
  • Adult and community programs
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Obtain certification for public school teaching.
  • Graduate degree usually required for post-
    secondary teaching.
  • Volunteer as tutor, camp counselor,
  • Big Brother/Sister.
  • Become member of art clubs.
  • Work or volunteer in camps or after-school
    programs.

ART THERAPY

  • Hospitals, nursing homes
  • Mental health/guidance facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Requires specialized training and certification,
    usually a master's degree in art therapy.
  • Supplement curriculum with psychology courses.
  • Volunteer to work with people of all types and ages.

MEDIA


Animation/Cartoons
Digital Design
Sales
Programming
Design
Video
Production
Editorial
Art Journalism
Illustration
Art Criticism

  • 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
  • Do free-lancing.
  • Compile up-to-date portfolio.
  • Gain knowledge of variety of technical
    equipment and develop 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.
  • Get hands-on experience through internships

PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Museums and historical societies
  • Hospitals and corporations
  • News Agencies Media
  • Photo agencies, studios, auction houses
  • Libraries
  • Apprentice with free-lance photographer.
  • Prepare a black and white and color portfolio.
  • Be a staff photographer for yearbook, campus
    newspaper or magazine.
  • Act as an audio-visual assistant or projectionist.

ART SALES

  • Galleries/Museums
  • Auction houses
  • Specialty stores
  • Corporations
  • Gain sales experience.
  • Develop computer skills.
  • Establish contacts by attending shows.
  • Volunteer in museums, membership drives,
    community outreach programs.
  • Serve as student assistant in university gallery.

RETAILING


Buying
Store Management
Display Design
Fashion Coordination
Custom Framing

  • Retail stores, including: department, grocery, drug, specialty and variety chains
  • Get sales experience.
  • Enhance curriculum with business courses.
  • Obtain summer or part-time retail work.
  • Secure leadership in campus organizations.
  • Serve as treasurer or financial officer of an
    organization.
  • Obtain sales position on yearbook or campus
  • newspaper.

FASHION, TEXTILE, INTERIOR DESIGN

  • Pattern companies
  • Apparel manufacturers/textile mills
  • Interior design departments
  • Free-lance
  • Commercial/residential design firms
  • Prepare a strong portfolio.
  • Find internship in production firm.
  • Interview professionals in area(s) of interest.
  • Create and fit costumes for stage productions.
  • Enter design ideas in magazine contests.
  • Become student member of professional
    organization.
  • May require specialized training.