Career Paths

Visual Art can be either classified as fine art or graphic art depending on the artists’ intention. Graphic Artists work with commercial interests like marketing, commercial design or large ad agencies. Their work often includes creating marketing collateral such as brochures, logos, product or package design. Fine artists generally create art for self-expression and display their work in museums or galleries. Art historians define a work of art by placing it in its proper historical context. They examine the layers of influence that go into making a piece of art, which include the social, political and personal forces underlying an artist’s development. For more information, visit Career Services in The Bagley Center.

Sample Job Titles

  • Advertising Agent
  • Animators
  • Book Designer
  • Curatorial Consultant
  • Desktop Publishers
  • Film Editor
  • Gallery Director
  • Graphic Designer
  • Photographer
  • Professor of Art/Art History
  • Web Designer

See the U.S. Department of Labor Outlook on Art and Related Fields for a complete list.
Useful Skills for Jobs in the Art Field

  • Creativity and the ability to communicate ideas and emotions through art
  • Ability to recognize differences in shape, shading and color
  • Aptitude for spatial relationships
  • Self-management, discipline, ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure

Useful Skills for Jobs in the Art History Field

  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Ability to conduct thorough research