What Can You Do With A Major In Art and Design, Art History or 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

Studio Art: Sculpture



Related Career Titles

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Entry Level Jobs

High School Art Teacher 

Floral Designer 

Film Artist 

Scenic Artist 

Courtroom Sketcher 

Costume Designer 



2 Years Minimum Experience Needed Positions and/or Master Degree

Art Gallery Director 

Art Therapist 

College Art Instructor 






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

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
Private Art Schools



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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




Interpretive Skills

Critical Analysis

Appreciation of Aesthetics




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.
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
National Press Photographers Association
American Society of Media Photographers
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 

National Organizations or Databases 





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.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)



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)



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