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College of Fine Arts

An arts career can be very fulfilling and rewarding, and it takes patience, dedication, and a bit of luck to be successful. Many artists learn to work well under pressure and often utilize their network to find and create professional opportunities. There are many ways to continue involvement in the arts while working in another career field if you choose not to pursue art as your primary way to make a living. The key is being able to market the skills you’ve gained from your College of Fine Arts degree.

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Career Paths/Industries

Please see 'What can I do with this major?' and ‘The Art Career Project’ for more in-depth information.

  • Animation: Visual Effects Animator, Video Game Design, Computer Animation, 3D Animation, Cartooning
  • Design: UI/UX Artist, Sound Effects Editor, Multimedia Designer, Sound Designer, Product Designer, Print Designer, 3D Modeling, Graphic Design, Website Design, Interior Design, Set Design, Product Design
  • Education: K-12 Education, University Instruction, Museum Curator, Art Therapy, Art Historian, Student Affairs, Arts Administration
  • Entertainment: Film Editing & Production, Performing Arts, Casting Director, Talent Agent, Composition, Choreography, Screen Writing
  • Visual Arts: Painting, Art Dealing, Graphic Design, Photography, Storyboard Artist

Common Employers

  • Advertising Agencies
  • Amusement and Recreation Venues
  • Art Museums & Galleries
  • Arts Nonprofits/Foundations
  • Cable and Television Stations
  • Church & Community Music Groups
  • Cultural Organizations & Arts Councils
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Dance Companies
  • Entertainment Law firms
  • Film & Animation Studios
  • Freelance/Self-employment
  • Interior Design Firms
  • In-house Corporate Marketing & Creative Departments
  • Movie Production Companies
  • Musical Theatres
  • Opera Companies
  • Orchestras
  • Performing Arts Companies
  • Production Recording Studios
  • Schools & Studios
  • Talent Agencies
  • Video Game Design Companies

Professional/Student Organizations and Helpful Resources

Transferable Skills

  • Written and Verbal Communication
  • Creative problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Flexibility/adaptability
  • Improvisation
  • Confidence
  • Positive Mindset
  • Relationship Building
  • Accountability
  • Discipline
  • Perseverance
Last Updated: 6/28/18