Career Development

Painting and Drawing

Discover more about the Painting and Drawing B.F.A. Program and find out about program requirements, courses (drawing/painting) and the program faculty.

Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • Communicate emotions and ideas creatively
  • Ability to work in groups/independently
  • Proficiency for accuracy and detail
  • Ability to accept/give criticism
  • Aesthetic judgment and sensitivity
  • Concentrate for long periods of time
  • Ability to make keen observations and appropriate decisions

CAREER TITLES

  • Advertising Artist
  • Art Buyer/Consultant
  • Art Handler
  • Art Historian
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Arts and Crafts Trainer  
  • Book Jacket Designer
  • Children's Book Illustrator
  • Commissioned Portrait Painter
  • Cartoonist
  • Conservator
  • Courtroom Artist
  • Creative Director
  • Critic
  • Curator
  • Fine Artist
  • Forensic Artist
  • Gallery Director
  • Greeting Card Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Medical Illustrator 
  • Mosaic Artist
  • Professor
  • Sketch Artist
  • Technical Illustrator

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE 

  • Museums/Cultural Institutions/Galleries
  • Television/radio/film
  • Colleges/universities/schools
  • Hospitality/Travel
  • Hospitals
  • Libraries
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Publishing
  • Not-for-Profit

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS

www.nyfa.org - NY Foundation For the Arts
www.nea.gov - National Endowment for the Arts
www.portraitsociety.org/ - Portrait Society of America
www.societyillustrators.org - Society of Illustrators
www.ami.org - Association of Medical Illustrators
www.scbwi.org - Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
www.reuben.org - National Cartoonist Society
www.americansforthearts.org - Americans for the Arts
www.artsandbusiness-ny.org - Arts & Business Council of New York 
www.warholfoundation.org - Andy Warhol foundation for the Vistual Arts                         
www.nga.gov/resources/casva.shtm - National Gallery of Art                
www.wwar.com – World Wide Art Resources
www.collegeart.org/careers/ - College Art Association 
www.selfemploymentinthearts.com/#!speakers/cfvg- Self Employment in the Arts
www.artswestchester.org – A guide to arts in Westchester - events, grants, links to local artists, internships, etc. 
www.soyouwanna.com/site/syws/comics/comicsFULL.html - So You Wanna Be a Comic Book Artist?
www.comicartistsdirect.com - Comic Artists Direct
www.bls.gov/oco - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job type descriptions, job growth forecasts, and salary information

JOB SEARCH LINKS

www.purchase.edu/careerdevelopment - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni 
www.artsusa.org - Americans for the Arts (includes a job bank)
www.creativehotlist.com - Site for the professional creative marketplace
www.idealist.org -Non-profit and arts internships and jobs
www.collegeart.org/careers - College Art Association
www.opportunitynocs.org/jobseekerx/SearchJobsForm.asp - job listings
www.quintcareers.com/arts_jobs.html - jobs and career opportunities
www.artdeadline.com - source for income & exhibition opportunities
jobs.awn.com - Jobs posted through the Animation World Network
jobbank.artsusa.org -  Americans for the Arts Job Bank
www.resartis.org - Worldwide network of artist residencies
www.wwar.com - Arts employment

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Updated  9/15



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