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Fine Arts, Design & Art History Career Potential

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.

Among 2015-2016 Hofstra graduates who majored in fine arts, 99% of survey respondents reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in the arts and humanities and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $38,000.

Examples of Companies Where Our Recent Graduates Are Working:

  • NYLON Magazine
  • Steven Kasher Gallery
  • Worth Publishers, Macmillan
  • Times Beacon Record Newspapers
  • Time Inc./People Magazine
  • Awaken Studio
  • Bridgewater Raritan (NJ) School District
  • Flavio and Rosina Studios
  • Leigh Adams Advertising
  • Marylyn Dintenfass Studio
  • Metro Exhibits
  • Nicelle Beauchene Gallery
  • Relix Magazine

Examples of Positions Our Alumni Hold

  • Art Director
  • Art Foundation Director
  • Clothing Designer
  • Curator
  • K-12 Art Teacher
  • Motion Graphics Television Designer
  • Owner, New Media Design Studio
  • Photographer, Photo Editor
  • User Experience/User Interface Designer
  • Web Designer

Examples of Industries Where Our Alumni are Working

  • Education
  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Auction Houses
  • Publishing
  • Fashion
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Motion Graphics Design
  • Photography
  • Advertising
  • 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 the School of Visual Arts, The Art Institute of California - San Francisco, and UCLA.

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.

* Outcomes are based on the 65% of 2015-2016 HCLAS undergraduate degree recipients who responded to a survey or for whom data was gathered from LinkedIn within one year of graduation, not the total number of graduates, and may not be representative of the total graduating population. The career outcomes rate includes those employed (full-time or part-time) and not employed but attending graduate school (full-time or part-time) next semester.

All data must meet a test of data integrity. The average salary reported is determined by the level at which data may be deemed reliable (University-wide, school, division or department).

Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by graduates and are based upon a 36% response rate for graduates. Salary figures vary from year-to-year based upon a number of factors, including, but not limited to, market conditions as well as the number of graduates reporting salary information to us. In addition, please note that these figures are based solely on information that is self-reported to us by our graduates, and the salary data provided is based on the accuracy and completeness of the information provided by our graduates to us. Salary figures only include annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission or any other guaranteed compensation.

See alumni outcome reports in their entirety