Career Development

Visual Arts (B.S. & B.F.A. Visual Arts Interdisciplinary)

Discover more about the Visual Arts B.S. Program and the Visual Arts: Interdisciplinary B.F.A. Program and find out about B.S. program requirements/B.F.A. program requirements,courses, 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.


  • Ability to communicate emotions and ideas creatively
  • Ability to work in groups/independently
  • Proficiency for accuracy and detail
  • Ability to accept/give criticism
  • Ability to operate various tools and equipment
  • Aesthetic judgment and sensitivity
  • Ability to make keen observations and appropriate decisions


  • Animator
  • Antiques Dealer
  • Art Buyer/Consultant
  • Art Historian
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Arts and Crafts Trainer
  • Book Designer
  • Cartoonist
  • Conservator
  • Corporate Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Critic
  • Curator
  • Director of Advertising
  • Display Artist/Designer
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Fine Artist
  • Fine Arts Administrator
  • Floral Designer
  • Forensic Artist
  • Gallery Director
  • Graphic Systems Manager
  • Illustrator
  • Interior Decorator
  • Jewlery Designer
  • Magazine Designer
  • Media Planner
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Museum Director
  • Portrait Painter
  • Print Publisher
  • Professor
  • Sketch Artist
  • Television Graphic Designer
  • Toy Designer
  • Typeface Designe


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

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS - NY Foundation For the Arts - Arts & Business Council of New York - Career guide   - Copyrighting your work - Andy Warholf foundation for the Arts  - National Gallery of Art        – World Wide Art Resources - College Art Association - Artist Help Network. Incudes resources on career, exhibitions/commisions, money, presentation tools, legal, etc. – A guide to arts in Westchester - events, grants, links to local artists, internships, etc. - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job type descriptions, job growth forecasts, and salary information

JOB SEARCH LINKS - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni - Americans for the Arts (incudes a job bank) - Site for the professional creative marketplace -Non-profit and arts internships and jobs - job listings - jobs and career opportunities - source for income & exhibition opportunities - Jobs posted through the Animation World Network - Americans for the Arts Job Bank - Worldwide network of artist residencies - North West Connecticut Arts Council

Please visit the following visual arts majors pages for additional resourcesGraphic Design, Painting & Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

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Updated  9/15

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