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


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


Assistant Curator


Audio Visual Artist

Bank Note Designer

Billboard Artist

Book Illustrator

Book Jacket Designer

Bookplate Artist

Business Card Artist

CAD Designer




Catalog Illustrator

CD Cover Designer

Ceramic Artist

Color Expert

Copyist Illustrator

Costume Designer

Courtroom Sketcher


Direct Mail Artist

Display Artist/Designer


Editorial Illustrator



Environmental Designer


Exhibit Designer

Fabric Designer

Fashion Designer


Floral Designer

Furniture Designer

Gallery Owner

Glass Blower

Graphic Designer

Graphics Art Technician

Greeting Card Illustrator


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


Printing Designer

Printing Layout Artist

Product Illustrator

Production Artist

Silhouette Artist

Silkscreen Artist

Stained Glass Artist

Stencil Cutter

Still Photographer

Textile Designer


Toy Designer

Trademark Designer


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.


Links for Visual Art Majors

More Info from Career Services

Contact Information

Department of Visual Arts
East Stadium Room 116
Tel: 985-549-2193