What Can You Do With A Major In Art and Design/Fine Arts?

 

Art is the study of the various creative means of expressing human thoughts, interests, attitudes, emotions and ideas.  There are a variety of career paths to choose from when entering into the field of art.  Which area you decide to go into can be determined by what skills you possess, your area of interest, the amount of time you are willing to devote, and the setting which you prefer to work in. 

 

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Art History 
Studio Art: Painting/Drawing and Printmaking

Studio Art: Ceramics
Studio Art: Sculpture 

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

Graphic Design and Digital Media
Photography

Studio Art: Painting/Drawing/Printmaking

Studio Art: Ceramics

Studio Art: Sculpture

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Related Career Titles

(To research these titles and more go to:
 
Occupational Outlook Handbook) and see the related print resources in the Career Services Library).

 

Entry Level Jobs

High School Art Teacher

Floral Designer

Film Artist

Scenic Artist

Courtroom Sketcher

Costume Designer

Framer

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Years Minimum Experience Needed Positions and/or Master Degree

Art Gallery Director

Art Therapist

College Art Instructor

Conservator

Gemologist

Illustrator

General Career Directions
Antique Dealer
Art Critic
Art Dealer
Art Historian
Art Preservationist
Art Teacher
Art Therapist
Calligrapher
Caricaturist
Cartoonist
Catalog Illustrator
Ceramist
College Art Instructor
Conservator and Restorer
Costume Designer
Courtroom Sketcher
Display Design
Fashion Designer
Film Animation Artist
Film Artist
Floral Designer
Framer
Furniture Designer
Game Designer
Gemologist
Glass Blower
Graphic Designer
Greeting Card Artist
Illustrator
Interior Designer
Jewelry Designer
Muralist
Museum Curator
Painter
Photojournalist Fashion
Photographer
Potter
Printmaker
Product and Food Photographer
Scenic Designer
Sculptor


Typical Employers/Work Settings 

 

Antique Dealer
Apparel Manufacturers
Art Councils
Art Galleries
Art Studios
Auction Houses
Design Firms
Film/Motion Picture Companies
Interior Design Departments
Museums
Private Art Schools

Private/local Arts Councils
Publishing Companies
Publishing Houses
Rehabilitation Centers
Self-Employed
Schools/Universities
Television Industry
Trade Magazines

 

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Beginning Salary Range: 

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) July 2010 Salary Survey, beginning salaries for graduates with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, on an average start at about $29,759 a year.

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Skills Needed For This Career

Attention to Detail

Creativity

Self-discipline

Time-Management

Interpretive Skills

Critical Analysis

Appreciation of Aesthetics

Open-minded

Patience

Adaptability

Organization Skills

Communication Skills

Interpersonal Skills

Presentation/Public Speaking

Intense Research Skills

 

 

 

  

 

Links to Professional Associations 

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.
AIGA
Association of Art Historians
American Watercolor Society 
College Art Association
National Association of Independent Artists

 

 

Job Search Information 

National Organizations or Databases 
http://adcglobal.coroflot.com/public/jobs_browse.asp
http://www.arlisna.org/jobnet.html
http://www.artistresource.org/joblinks.htm
http://www.artsearch.us/ArtJobs/
http://fineartamerica.com/jobopenings.html
http://jobbank.artsusa.org/
http://www.nyfa.org/opportunities.asp?type=Job&id=94&fid=1&sid=54
http://www.theartrepreneur.com/career_planning/artist_jobs.asp

http://artjobs.artsearch.us

 

 

Graduate Schools 

Local Programs - Master of Fine Arts and other related programs
Florida Atlantic University
Florida International University
National Programs – Master of Fine Arts and other related programs 
University of Georgia 
University of Mississippi
Other resources for graduate program research
http://www.gradschools.com/ 
http://www.petersons.com/ 
http://www.princetonreview.com/  

http://www.scps.nyu.edu/admissions/graduate/about.html - New York University- Summer Publishing Institute (SPI)

 

 

Link To UNF Program 

The  College of Arts and Sciences  at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts in  Art  and Design.  

 

Holland Codes 

Ceramic: Artistic; Enterprising; Social (AES)
Sculpture: Artistic; Enterprising; Realistic (AER)
Art History: Artistic; Enterprising; Social (AES)
Painting: Artistic; Realistic; Social (ARS)
Drawing: Artistic; Social; Investigative (ASI)

 

 

 

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