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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 2016-2017 Hofstra graduates who majored in the arts and humanities, 99 percent 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 $36,000.

Examples of Companies Where Our Recent Graduates Are Working:

  • Awaken Studio
  • Bridgewater Raritan School District
  • Continental Accessory Corp
  • Flavio and Rosina Studios
  • GAP Inc.
  • GONG Inc.
  • GSH group
  • Leigh Adams Advertising
  • Marylyn Dintenfass Studio
  • NYLON Magazine
  • Relix Magazine
  • South Counry Central School District
  • The Creative Group
  • Times Beacon Record Newspapers
  • Wallflower
  • Zale Jewelers

Examples of Positions Our Alumni Hold

  • Art Director
  • Art Foundation Director
  • Clothing Designer
  • Creative Arts Therapist
  • 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

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 artistsenrichment teachersmuseum technicians and conservatorsgraphic designers, and fashion designers.

Of the 1,453 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2016 and May 2017, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 61% of the 16-17 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and based upon a 32% response rate for undergraduate students. 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