Fine Arts

Fine Arts

Many occupations today require a college educated individual who can write and speak well, solve problems, learn new information quickly and work well with others on a team.  This means that college graduates use their education in a wide variety of fields, and your future career may relate more to your personal career interests, work values and transferable skills than any specific academic major.  However, the following list contains a representative sample of job titles of former graduates with an Art major.  Use this as an idea list, and remember that it represents some, but certainly not all, of the careers you might consider.

Students obtaining employment immediately upon graduation are usually those with the best college records and a willingness to relocate to find a job.  Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelors' degree.

Related Career Titles for Fine Arts Majors

Advertising Artist Bookplate Artist Fashion Artist/Designer Motion Picture Artist
Advertising Designer CAD Designer Filmmaker Motion Picture Scenic Designer
Aerial Photographer Calligrapher Floral Designer Municipal Graphic Designer
Airbrush Artist Car and Bus Card Artist Freelance Letter/Designer Mural Artist
Animator Caricaturist Furniture Designer Museum Artist
Antiques Dealer Cartoonist Gallery Owner Newspaper Artist
Architectural Model Builder Catalog Illustrator Gemologist Newspaper Illustrator
Architectural Renderer CD/Record Cover Designer Glass Blower Newspaper Layout Artist
Art Administrator Ceramic Artist Graphic Arts Technician Photographer
Art Buyer Cinematographer Graphic Designer Photojournalist
Art Conservator  Color Expert Graphist Printing Designer
Art Consultant Copyist Greeting Card Artist Printing Layout Artist
Art Critic Costume and Mask Designer Illustrator Product Designer/Illustrator
Art Dealer Courtroom Sketcher Impressionist Quick Sketch Artist
Art Director Decorator Interior Decorator Sculptor
Art Exhibition Coordinator Designer Internet Homepage Designer Set Designer/Illustrator
Art Graphic Assistant Direct Mail Artist Jewelry Designer Silhouette Artist
Art Historian Direct Mail Layout Designer Kitchenware Designer Silkscreen Artist
Art Teacher Display Artist Label Designer Stained Glass Artist
Art Therapist Display Designer Landscape Architect Stencil Cutter
Artist Display Painter Layout Artist Still Photographer
Artist's Agent Drafter Magazine Cover Artist Textile Designer
Assistant Curator Editorial Illustrator Magazine Designer/Illustrator Topographer 
Auctioneer Transporter Engraver Mannequin Decorator Toy Designer
Audio Visual Artist/Designer Engrosser Mechanical & Production Artist Tracer
Bank Note Designer Environmental Designer Medical Illustrator Trademark Designer
Billboard Artist Etcher Memorial Designer Typographical Artist
Book Illustrator/Designer Exhibit Designer Millinery Designer Upholstery Fabric Designer
Book Jacket Designer Fabric Designer Motion Picture Animator Urban Designer

Some Organizations That Typically Employ Art Majors:

  • Art studios
  • Government & private museums/galleries
  • Local historical societies
  • Auction houses, photo agencies & studios
  • Department/retail stores
  • Public/private art schools
  • Adult & community programs
  • Libraries
  • Private/local arts councils
  • Hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers & guidance facilities
  • Apparel manufacturers/textile mills
  • Interior design departments
  • Newspapers/publishing houses
  • Advertising agencies, magazines/newspapers & trade publications
  • Film/motion pictures & media production companies

Art Web Sites:

New York Foundation for the Arts - New jobs are posted daily (designated with an orange "new" icon for a period of one week) and remain posted on the site until they expire.

American Institute of Architects - ARCHITECTURE CAREERS is an interactive guide to careers in architecture designed to assist you in becoming an architect including interviews with working architects, links to valuable websites, a suggested reading list, and an opportunity to question Dr. Architecture, a self-proclaimed expert on the process of becoming an architect.

Art & Design - Career & Employment - "Art & Design - Career & Employment - Art Jobs" is designed to provide access to numerous art/design career and employment internet resources.

Art/Graphic Arts - Job listings from California State University, Chico

Artist Resource - Art and design jobs - Thinking about embarking on an exciting career in art? Or, have you already decided art is your life's work and are looking for a job? Searches has fetched quite a few resources to help you in your quest!

Artslynx International Arts Resources - Artslynx is designed as a portal to the best information on the arts available on the web.

Career Alternatives for Art Majors - A list of career descriptions compiled by Charles M. Rosenberg of Notre Dame.

Christie's - Over its 234-year history, Christie's has grown and diversified into the world's preeminent auction house. Christie's currently offers sales in over 80 separate categories. For career ideas, choose "About Christies" and review "Careers" or "Training Programs".

FineArt Forum Resource Directory - This directory is meant to serve as a resource and jumping-off place for people interested in art, and in the possible relationships between art and technology.

Global Art Jobs - The team behind Global Art Jobs is a dedicated group, consisting of experienced visual arts professionals based in Santa Fe, NM. We spend hours researching and refining our jobs lists in order to filter out the rubbish and give you enough quality information to get your career going.

History of Art- Selected Internet Resources - From Yale University; a list of selected internet resources including: Directories of Resources; Professional Organizations; Electronic Discussion groups; History of Art Departments; Art Museums and other resources.

Museum Employment Resource Center - A solid introduction to museum career options including graduate program listings as well as information on cultural resources.

NYFA Interactive Jobs in Art - The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) helps artists turn inspiration into art by giving more money and support to individual artists and arts organizations than any other comparable institution in the U.S.

Professional Specialty Occupations (Occupational Outlook Handbook)
(includes Public Relations Specialists, Designers, Photographers & Camera Operators, and Visual Artists) - A solid introduction to this career path including paths for training, typical employers, working conditions, salary considerations and job outlook for this profession. From the US Department of Labor. Check it out!

TCA Net - Art jobs listed by the Texas Cultural & Arts Network.

World Wide Art Resources - This interactive arts gateway will give you access to artists, museums, galleries, high quality art, art history, arts education, antiques, dance, theater, classified ads, resume postings, art chats, discussion forums and much more.