Career Profiles: Art

CSULB Department of Art

A career in the arts is comprised of several specializations which include but are not limited to art education, art history, photography, ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpturing and graphic design. Opportunities to work in the art field include agencies, theatres, art centers, schools, and studios. Skills that are essential to a career in the art field are critical thinking, communication, design and planning, research and investigation, as well as, administration and management. The work environment for artist vary depending on the type of art specialization and can include self-employment, design service firms, private and government industries, and motion picture and video industries. Perfecting a trade and creating a strong networking circle are highly recommended within the competitive art field.

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Career Possibilities:

Additional experience and/or education may be required

  • Architectural Communications
  • Architectural Illustrator
  • Art Therapist
  • Caricaturist
  • Cartographer
  • Conservator
  • Artist / Designer
  • Community Arts Instructor
  • Display Designer
  • Entertainment Industry
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Landscape and Real Estate Artist
  • Model Builder
  • Police Artist
  • Publishing Industry
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Set Decorator
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Videographer
  • Web Designer

Where Employed:

  • Advertising agencies
  • Amusement parks
  • Art galleries
  • Colleges and universities
  • Film industry
  • Government agencies
  • Museums
  • Public and private schools
  • Public relations firms
  • Publishing and recording companies
  • Recreation departments
  • Self-employed “freelance”

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