What can I do with my VISUAL ARTS degree?

What can I do with my VISUAL ARTS degree?

Major Employers of Visual Arts Majors

  • Art studios
  • Government & private museums & galleries
  • Local historical societies
  • Auction houses, photography studios
  • Department stores
  • Public & private art schools
  • Adult & community programs
  • Libraries
  • Arts Councils
  • Rehabilitation Centers, retirement homes, hospitals
  • Apparel manufacturers
  • Interior design departments
  • Newspaper or publishing houses
  • Advertising agencies, magazines, newspapers and trade publications
  • Film & motion pictures and media producers

Related Occupations for Visual Arts Majors

Some of these occupations may require additional education at Graduate or Professional schools. For information on qualifications and career specifics consult the Occupational Outlook Handbook or other career resources. Also, take advantage of career counseling offered by the Center for Student Excellence.

Advertising Artist Advertising Designer Aerial Photographer
Airbrush Artist Animator Antiques Dealer
Architectural Model Builder Art Administrator Art Buyer
Art Conservator Art Critic Art Dealer
Art Director Art Exhibition Coordinator Art Historian
Art Teacher Art Therapist Artist
Assistant Curator Auctioneer Audio Visual Artist
Bank Note Designer Billboard Artist Book Illustrator
Book Jacket Designer Bookplate Artist Business Card Artist
CAD Designer Calligrapher Caricaturist
Cartoonist Catalog Illustrator CD Cover Designer
Ceramic Artist Color Expert Copyist Illustrator
Costume Designer Courtroom Sketcher Decorator
Direct Mail Artist Display Artist/Designer Drafter
Editorial Illustrator Engraver Engrosser
Environmental Designer Etcher Exhibit Designer
Fabric Designer Fashion Designer Film-maker
Floral Designer Furniture Designer Gallery Owner
Glass Blower Graphic Designer Graphics Art Technician
Greeting Card Illustrator Impressionist Interior Decorator
Internet Web-page Designer Jewelry Designer Kitchenware Designer
Label Designer Layout Artist Letter Designer
Magazine Cover Artist Medical Illustrator Memorial Designer
Millinery Designer Motion Picture Animator Motion Picture Artist/Set Designer
Municipal Graphic Designer Mural Artist Museum Artist
Newspaper Illustrator Photojournalist Printing Designer
Printing Layout Artist Product Illustrator Production Artist
Silhouette Artist Silkscreen Artist Stained Glass Artist
Stencil Cutter Still Photographer Textile Designer
Topographer Toy Designer Trademark Designer
Transporter Urban Designer  


Preparing for a Job in Visual Arts

  1. Prepare a strong portfolio.
  2. Gain technical/computer skills.
  3. Locate internship or part-time employment in design firm, fine arts supply store, etc.
  4. Work on campus publications.
  5. Participate in juried shows.
  6. Serve as student assistant in university art gallery.
  7. Join an art club.


Program Overview   Contact Information
Visual Arts   Department of Visual Arts
    College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    On Campus: East Stadium, Room 116
    Telephone: 985-549-2193
    E-mail: Dennis.Sipiorski@selu.edu

Links for Visual Art Majors

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