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What Can I Do With A Major In Fine Art?

Artists create art to communicate ideas, thoughts or feelings. They use a variety of methods—painting, sculpting or illustration—and an assortment of materials, including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, pencils, pen and ink, plaster, clay, and computers. Artists’ works may be realistic, stylized or abstract and may depict objects, people, nature or events. Artists generally fall into different categories: Art Directors, Craft Artists, and Fine Artists.

Possible Career Options

(Some may require further education/specialization)

Advertising Artist
Architecture Model Builder
Art Agent
Art Conservator
Art Specialist/Critic
Art Therapist
Audio-Visual Specialist
Billboard Artist
Book Designer
CD/Record Cover Designer
Ceramic Artist
Children’s Book Illustrator
Comic Strip Artist
Corporate Designer
Costume Designer
Courtroom Sketcher
Custom Decorator
Desktop Publishing Artist
Exhibit Designer
Fashion Coordinator
Flatware Designer
Graphic Designer/TV Graphic Designer
Interior Designer
Jewelry Designer
Magazine Designer
Medical Illustrator
Museum Curator
Package Designer
Pallet Manufacturer
Photographer/Picture Framer
Press Operator
Printing Crafts Worker
Printing Store Manager/Owner
Production Artist/Coordinator/Manager
Tattoo Artist
Teacher/Professor of Art or Art History
Technical Illustrator
Textile Designer
Visual Merchandiser

Types of Employers

Apparel Manufacturers/Textile Mills
Architecture/Engineering Firms
Art Galleries
Art Publications
Auction Houses
Community Service Agencies
Consulting Organizations
Consumer Products Firms
Corporate Communications
Craft Guilds
Cultural Organizations
Federal, State and Local Agencies
Historical Societies
Hospitals/Nursing Homes/Rehab Centers
Independent Production Companies
Media Organizations
National Associations and Councils
Photo Agencies & Studios
Preschool/Day Care Centers
Private Schools - National
Private Schools - International
Public Relations/Advertising Firms
Public Schools
Publishing Houses
Regional and National Accrediting Agencies
Retail Stores

Transferrable Skills

Possesses proficiency for accurate detail

Concentrates for long periods

Possesses aptitude for spatial relationships

Meets deadlines

Recognizes differences in shapes, shading and color

Makes critical observations and appropriate decisions

Possesses good manual dexterity

Communicates ideas and emotion creatively

Experiential Education

Designing logos/publications for a graphic arts firm

Assisting an interior designer with plans for a retail store

Teaching students in a summer art enrichment program

Working with at-risk youths to develop their art talent

Helping children with disabilities cultivate their art abilities

Professional Associations


Americans for the Arts,

Association of Art Museum Curators,

College Art Association,

National Association for the Visual Arts, Ltd.,

National Endowment for the Arts,

Society of Illustrators,

United States Artists,

Enhancing Your Employability

Join relevant student organizations to develop leadership skills

Participate in internships and field experience placements

Become active in alumni and/or mentor networks

Plan on a graduate degree for advancement

Take part in mock interview opportunities

Source: University of Delaware, Ashland University,, Rutgers

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