Students and alumni from the Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History have a great breadth of career opportunities open to them.
The study of the visual arts gives the student a philosophical and practical awareness of the ways in which art reflects and acts upon our culture; it provides a historical foundation for understanding different ideas of aesthetics and provides a point of entry into the multifaceted world of art.
Of those 2011-12 graduates who responded to a survey, 92 percent who earned a degree in the humanities reported being employed or pursuing graduate studies. They reported an average annual salary of $36,973.
Graduates of the class of 2012 reported getting the following positions with these companies within six months of graduation:
- Children’s Arts and Science Workshop
- Central Galleries
- Harlem Children’s Zone
Examples of Positions Our Alumni Hold
- Art Director
- Clothing Designer
- Motion Graphics Television Designer
- K-12 Art Teacher
- Web Designer
- Art Foundation Director
- Photographer, Photo Editor
Examples of Industries Where Our Alumni are Currently Working
- Auction Houses
- Graphic Design
- Web Design
- Motion Graphics Design
- Public Relations
Additionally, many of our recent graduates are pursuing or planning to pursue advanced degrees in art and art education at prestigious institutions such as Hunter College, Notre Dame University and Pratt University.
Students who choose to major in fine arts, design or art history have the same range of career opportunities that all liberal arts majors enjoy – from pursuit of a law career to banking or medicine. Art history, in fact, emerged in the last decade as one of the preferred undergraduate majors for admission to law school.
For more information on careers in the visual arts, there is information published by the Occupational Outlook Handbook of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for careers such as craft artists, enrichment teachers, museum technicians and conservators, graphic designers, and fashion designers.
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