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Your ability to make a living as a painter, sculpture or film-maker depends on your talent, circumstances and public opinion. That's why you might want to consider pursuing a complementary career as an art teacher, designer, art critic or gallery director until you get your big break.

The creativity that make you a good artist can be applied to careers in advertising, public relations, publishing, television, journalism, museum and gallery work, movies and theaters. An art background also makes you an ideal candidate for work in art therapy, arts administration, libraries and education.

Representative Job Titles and Area of Specialization
  • Advertising Designer
  • Animator
  • Architect
  • Architectural Renderer
  • Art Critic
  • Art Dealer
  • Art Director
  • Art Editor
  • Art Librarian
  • Art Therapist
  • Cartoonist
  • Calligrapher
  • Commercial Artist
  • Creative Director
  • Curator
  • Display Artist
  • Exhibits Specialist
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Film Making
  • Gallery Director
  • Graphic Artists
  • Illustrator
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Design Artist
  • Medical And Scientific Illustration
  • Painter
  • Photo Editor
  • Photographer
  • Printmaker
  • Professor/Instructor/Teacher
  • Publishing
  • Sculptor
  • Set Designer
  • Textile Design
  • Set Designer
  • Visual Information Specialist

* See Training section

Nature of the Work

As a major in one of the fine arts, the ideas for your creations typically come from within.

Commercial or graphic artists create materials that meet their clients' needs such as designing special packaging for a new product or updating the company website. Graphic artists are in demand now as more emphasis is placed on visual appeal in product design, advertising and marketing.

Places of Employment
  • Advertising agencies
  • Architectural firms
  • Art institutes
  • City, county and state government
  • Federal government:
    • Department of Justice
    • Department of the Interior
    • Health and Human Services
    • Treasury Department
    • Veteran's Administration
  • Galleries
  • Hospitals
  • Industrial design firms
  • Magazine/newspaper publishers
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Motion picture industry
  • Museum
  • Public relations firms
  • Publishing companies
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Retailers
  • School districts
  • Television/radio
  • Theaters


A bachelor's degree is sufficient if you are planning on becoming a professional artist. If you would like to further your mastery of the subject or share it with others as a teacher, then a graduate degree is the way to go.

For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951) 827-3631.

Supplemental Material

The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.


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