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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

Studio Art: Painting/Drawing/Printmaking 

Studio Art: Ceramics 

Typical Job Titles

Note: Some of these occupations might require advanced degrees


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

Typical Employers/Work Settings

Antique Dealer   Private/local Arts Councils
Apparel Manufacturers   Publishing Companies
Art Councils   Publishing Houses
Art Galleries   Rehabilitation Centers
Art Studios   Self Employed
Auction Houses   Schools/Universities
Design Firms   Television Industry
Interior Design Departments   Trade Magazines
Museums   Private Art Schools


Match This Major To Careers 

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Beginning Salary Ranges Salaries
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.

Salary Resources

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.
Association of Art Historians
American Watercolor Society 
College Art Association
National Association of Independent Artists

American Institute of Graphic Arts

The Society of Illustrators
National Cartoonists Society
Association of Medical Illustrators
Industrial Designers Society of America
American Association of Art Museums
American Society of Media Photographers
American Craft Council
Animation World Network
American Art Therapy Association
College Art Association
Society of American Archivists

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Job Search Information

Graduate School

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools

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)

Career Action Plan

  • Develop and maintain a portfolio of your artwork
  • Participate in juried art shows and exhibitions
  • Look for internships, part-time jobs, and volunteer work to gain experience in your field
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow professionals in your field 
  • Visit local and national museums to broaden your knowledge of art 
  • Consider studying abroad to gain a global perspective on art
  • Learn a foreign language
  • Develop your research skills
  • Consider getting a Master of Fine Arts Degree
  • Develop desktop publishing and photo editing skills (photoshop)