Skip to Main Content
Salisbury University BW
A Maryland University of National Distinction
navigation icon opens header SALISBURY UNIVERSITY

Career Services Students
mobile menu icon

Fine Art

fine artPage Index:


Academic Information: - top


What is Fine Art? - top

Imagine a world without art -- no paintings, no sketches, no statues in the parks. A world without art would be pretty empty, dull, and cold. So even though people may try to tell you otherwise, and even though you probably won’t make your living at it, art does matter.

But even if you do become one of the lucky few who can pay the bills with art, you’ll need to let go of any romantic visions you have of working day and night to create a masterpiece. Trade them for the more realistic picture of a small businessperson balancing creative work with bookkeeping and marketing efforts.

Fine artists create visual art, usually specializing in a specific type, such as painting or sculpture. Their goals may be many: to create something of beauty, to trigger emotion, and to make people think.


Career Information - top


Possible/Typical Job Titles - top

  • Airbrush Artist
  • Architect
  • Architectural Drafter
  • Archivists and Curators
  • Art Conservator
  • Art Director
  • Art Director (motion picture, radio, TV)
  • Art Occupations
  • Art Supply Salesperson
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Artist
  • Artist Agent
  • Arts Administrator/Manager
  • Assembler, Musical Instruments
  • Audiovisual Prod. Spec.
  • Book Designer/Illustrator
  • Camera Operator
  • Cartographer
  • Cartoonist
  • Ceramic Engineer
  • Clothes & Costume Pattern Design
  • Clothes Designer
  • Color Consultant
  • Commercial Artist
  • Computer Aided Designer/Graphics
  • Critic
  • Custom Framer
  • Designers
  • Detail Design Paint. & Decor.
  • Director of Photography
  • Director, Instructional Material
  • Director, Motion Picture
  • Display Designer/Technician
  • Drafting Occupations
  • Editor, Book
  • Editor, Film
  • Editor, Magazine
  • Editor, Newspaper
  • Editors
  • Fashion Consultant
  • Fashion Coordinator
  • Film Editor
  • Floral Designer
  • Gallery Director
  • Graphic Artist
  • Graphic Commun. Occupations
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Image Consultant
  • Industrial Designer
  • Interior Decorator
  • Landscape Architect
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Memorial Designer
  • Motion Picture Director
  • Motion Picture Photographer
  • News Photographer
  • Painter
  • Pattern Designer
  • Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Precision Production Occupations
  • Printing Occupations
  • Producer (Radio & TV)
  • Publishing Occupations
  • Puppeteer
  • Sculptor
  • Set Designer
  • Sign Painter
  • Stained Glass Artist
  • Teacher: College/University
  • Teacher: Secondary
  • Television Producer
  • Textile Designer
  • Woodworker

Typical Places of Employment - top

  • Advertising Agencies
  • Architectural Firms
  • Art Galleries
  • Computer Graphics Firms
  • Court System
  • Department Stores
  • Design Studios
  • Educational Institutions
  • Engineering Corporations
  • Fashion Houses
  • Federal Government
  • Greeting Card Company
  • Industry
  • Interior Design Dept/Firms
  • Magazines, Books, Newspapers
  • Museums
  • Newspapers
  • Photography/Design Studios
  • Publishing Houses
  • Television, Motion Pictures
  • Textile Companies
  • Universities & Colleges

Required Skills and Abilities - top

  • Composing, writing
  • Working independently
  • Acting, performing
  • Playing musical instruments
  • Decorating, designing
  • Curating exhibits
  • Image digitization
  • Grant writing
  • Creating artwork
  • Organizing exhibits

Alumni Resources - top

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)

Doris Truitt 1999 Prometric Digital Designer
Holly Shiflett 1992 Spectrum Pacific Learning Company Associate Director of Client Services

Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field - top

Professional Associations:

Other Career-Related Links:

Need help or have questions about this page? Please visit our Ask a Question or Report a Problem page.
Salisbury University 1101 Camden Avenue Salisbury, MD 21801 410-543-6000

/careerservices/students/CareerResources/Majors/FineArt.html