What Can I Do With a Major In Art?

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Major Information

You can do a lot with this major. Art majors go on to successful careers in design, technology, advertising, education, publishing, business, and much more.

Art majors can pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). The BA studies studio technique and theory, as well as the history and criticism of art. The BFA concentrates more intensely on technique. (Focuses can include drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, book arts, sculpture, media arts, or photography.) Learn more by contacting the Department of Art.

All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and Art majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Specialized skills/technique in a fine arts field
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Research skills and attention to detail
  • Expertise in creative process
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
  • Ability to teach others using creative methods          

Interest Code: ASI

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Career Options

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although, keep in mind that there are Art alumni in all eight of the career fields). For more career information for art majors, utilize these additional resources:

  • What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
  • LinkedIn's Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
  • GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Arts & Culture - ASE

Internships

  • Design Intern - Midwest Visual Agency
  • Intern, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
  • Program Intern - Free Arts Minnesota
  • Curatorial Intern - Minnesota Museum of American Art
  • Intern - Schumacher & Co.
  • Art Interpretation & Gallery Learning Intern, Weisman Art Museum
  • Curatorial Assistant, Minnesota Museum of American Art
  • Gallery Assistant Intern, The Soap Factory
  • Art and Social Justice Intern, Pangea World Theater
  • Art Education Intern, Urban Arts Academy
  • Preservation Intern, Hennepin County Library
  • Studio Intern, Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Entry-Level

  • Filmmaker - Crash and Sue's
  • Exhibition Design - Renewing the Countryside
  • Hip Hop Specialist - YMCA
  • Artist Assistant - Ginny Herzog
  • Program Director - Minnesota Center for Photography
  • Events Planner and Social Media Communications - Potted Meet Mondays
  • Assistant Curator of Interpretation - George Eastman House
  • Creative Director - A.B. Isacon Associates
  • Assistant Curator - Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Video Production - Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Photographic Technician - UW-Madison
  • Senior Designer - Riehl Design Inc.
  • Enrollment Specialist - Regency Beauty Institute
  • Freelance, Game Artist/Illustrator
  • Instructor - Westside YMCA
  • Senior Territory Manager and Field Training Advisor - Danaher

Experienced

  • Senior Designer - Rome Snowboard Design Syndicate
  • Substitute Visual Arts Instructor - Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
  • Owner - Hip Hope
  • Art Director, Stylist and Prop Master
  • Program Coordinator - Free Arts Minnesota
  • Director and Curator - Montserrat College of Art Galleries
  • Copywriter - Greer & Associates
  • Exhibition Coordinator - Paper Darts Literary Magazine
  • Coordinator - Media Center: Visual Studies Workshop
  • Interior Designer - Sky Flower Designer
  • Self-Employed Artist
  • Senior Concept Artist - Futuredude Entertainment
  • Artist/Owner - Carolyn Singh Studio
  • Graphic Designer - Target
  • Freelance Makeup Artist
  • Hip Hop Dance and Graffiti Art - East Side Arts
  • Artist/ Owner - LJ Ceramics
  • Artist - Studio 145
  • Partnership Coordinator - Free Arts Minnesota
  • Co-Founder - Alter Projects
  • Senior Copywriter - Introworks
  • Independent Curator and Researcher - Decorative Arts and Design
  • Outreach Coordinator - Arts Council for Wyoming County
  • Interior Designer - The Sitting Room Distinctive Design and Boutique
  • Artist/Owner - Laudable Mud Studio
  • Director - KNOCK
  • Director of Product Development - Danaher
  • Independent Contractor - Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

Graduate Programs

  • BFA, Graphic Design - Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • International Dermal Institute
  • Aveda Institute
  • MA, Arts and Cultural Management
  • MA, History of Art
  • PhD, Humanities
Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism, & Communications - AES

Internships

  • Graphic Design Intern - Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness
  • Design and Layout Editor - Ivory Tower Literary Magazine

Entry-Level

  • Account Executive - Image Bank
  • News Anchor/Host/Reporter - HTV Houston
  • Project Manager - Fallon

Experienced

  • Creative Director - Err
  • Director of Sales - The Growler Magazine
  • Feature Reporter - KPRC-TV
  • Chief Marketing Officer - Hillcrest Media
  • News Reporter - KPRC TV

Graduate Programs

  • Brainco
Business, Consulting, Marketing, & Sales - CES

Entry-Level

  • Customer Service Agent - Pearson VUE
  • Staffing Manager - Robert Half International
  • Wholesale Distribution - Electric Fetus
  • Systems Engineer, Network Services - Target
  • Production/Pre-Press Artist - Smart Set Inc.

Experienced

  • Marketing Planner - Target
  • Internal Sales Manager - Danaher
  • Lead Director - Elite Fashion Academy LA
  • Division Director - Robert Half International
  • Marketing Assistant - Dakota Jazz Club
  • IT Manager - Target*
  • Designer - C&G Partners
  • Marketing Operations Development Director - Target*
  • Director of Talent Acquisition - Land O' Lakes*
  • Copywriting and Social Media - MetroWize
  • Director Creative Project Management - Target
  • Director of Business Development
  • Principal - Blasted Consulting