Possible Job Titles
- Fine arts handler
- Arts consultant
- Design consultant
- Historical preservation
- Industrial designer*
- Fashion designer*
- Interior designer*
- Executive search consultant
- Gallery operator
- Consumer goods salesperson
- Marketing manager
- Marketing consultant
- Media consultant
- Commercial artist
- Art director
- Computer programmer*
- Web Designer
- Grants specialist
- Art critic
- Graphic artist/layout
- Exhibit designer
- Information specialist
- Arts programmer (TV/Radio)
- Arts writer/reporter
- Book/journal editor
- Film/video engineer
- Arts therapist*
- City cultural events planner
- Museum director*
- Arts council director
- Preservation council
- Community arts center
*Denotes need for additional education
Creates movement for a visual still using illustration skills and computer
applications. Most animation sequences are produced for films and entertainment;
some are used for industry (i.e. creating logos for television networks or
translating machinery drawings into three dimensions). Works for animation
studios or on a freelance basis.
Assists other people in buying art. Recruits clients, develops familiarity
with wide variety of artistic styles, and maintains network of contacts among
artists and gallery owners. Interviews clients about artistic preferences and
presents options to them. Works for consulting firms or on freelance basis.
ART DIRECTOR, ADVERTISING
Creates a visual concept that can be developed into a successful print ad,
television commercial, or sales campaign. Analyzes market research data and
client specifications and works closely with copywriters. Creates layouts and
presents to creative directors or possibly to clients. Works with an illustrator
or photographer to develop a final visual. Works for advertising agencies.
ART DIRECTOR, EDITORIAL
Directs art and visuals for books, magazines, and newspapers according to
specified guidelines. Supervises layout and selects illustrators or
photographers to execute the visual effects. Works for publishing companies.
Instructs students in art skills. Evaluates student artwork and offers
constructive criticism and advice concerning future work. May help with
curriculum planning. Works for public/private schools or community education
Organizes a book's format to establish a coherent flow and to make the text
inviting to read by designing an aesthetically pleasing page within the
restrictions of length, paper weight, and trim size. Chooses a typeface, designs
a layout, and may create a book cover. Works for publishing companies.
Uses humorous illustration style to entertain or convey information. Works
for comic book publishers, newspaper syndicates, or on a freelance basis.
Helps a company establish its identity through graphic representation. Works
on a wide range of assignments, such as logo development, letterhead design, or
illustrating brochures or annual reports. Works for variety of companies.
Coordinates overall look of an advertising project. Works closely with art
director and copywriter to ensure consistency of final product and adherence to
deadlines. Works for advertising agencies.
Writes articles giving critical analysis of artwork, exhibitions, or
art-related issues. Usually writes on a freelance basis and supplements with
teaching or museum work. Works for newspapers, magazines, museums, or on
Designs displays and exhibits for events such as conventions, museum shows,
and supermarket promotions. Uses artistic design skills and knowledge of traffic
flow and lighting to create original presentations of objects, ideas, and
information. Usually works on a freelance basis.
Creates original artworks using a variety of mediums, such as sculpture,
painting, or ceramics. Sells work to individuals or organizations. Works on
Draws sketches of suspected criminals based on descriptive information from
crime victims. Works closely with police officers and other law enforcement
officials. Works for federal, state, or local government.
GRAPHIC SYSTEMS DESIGNER
Develops symbols and signs to unify a building or public complex (i.e.
shopping center, subway) and make it easier to navigate. Also works with
architects to design interior and exterior environments. Works for architectural
or design firms.
Sells products or services by creating an appropriate image for the market
the client is trying to reach. Considers headlines, copy, and visual ideas and
makes a preliminary sketch. Works with art director to establish size and color
limitations and completes illustrations by a specific deadline. Works for
advertising agencies or on a freelance basis.
Considers manuscript and visual ideas and makes a preliminary sketch. Works
with art director to establish size and color limitations and completes
illustrations by a specific deadline. Works for publishers or on a freelance
Designs commercially produced products, ranging from electronics to toys.
Works with corporations to style or package products that attract consumers.
Acts as a negotiator between engineers and marketing representatives. Works for
variety of companies.
Consults with editor and publisher on editorial objectives and the consumer
market. Determines a format, selects typeface, and establishes approach toward
photography and illustration. May redesign already established magazines.
Usually works on a freelance basis.
Designs packaging for variety of products. Often redesigns an existing
package by changing color or type treatment or using graphics. Creates
three-dimensional prototype to ensure package efficiency. Usually works on a
Draws quick sketches and first drafts for print or live-action
advertisements. Works for advertising agencies.
TELEVISION GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Designs images to introduce sports events, nightly news stories, or specials.
May use computer technology to produce charts, graphs, or illustrations. Works
for television studios.
Uses imagination and childlike perspective to create new toys. Researches
safety standards, child psychology, production, packaging, and promotion to
create products that are safe, cost-effective, and fun. Works for toy
Creates new typefaces, often using computer graphics. May modify existing
typefaces by creating new weights and proportions or developing new logos for
clients. Works for type manufacturers, design studios, and advertising agencies.
Typical Places of Employment
- Advertising firms
- Historical societies
- Architectural firms
- Art galleries
- Magazines & newspapers
- Boat yards (woodworking)
- Business corporations
- Photography studios
- City, state or federal
- Art lessons
- Garment industries
- Publishing companies
- Community organizations
- Retail stores
- Colleges, schools
- Teaching hospitals and law
firms (medical illustration for
Typical Work Activities And Behaviors
- Composing, writing
- Working independently
- Acting, performing
- Decorating, designing
- Curating exhibits
- Image digitization
- Grant writing
- Creating artwork
- Organizing exhibits
Additional Info in Career Services
These publications must be used in the "Browsing" Library of Career Services.
There are also many brochures and magazines such as Resume Writing, Interviewing
and Job Choices that you may take with you.
To see a complete list of career books located at the Career
Services Office click
- Building a Career as a
- 100 Best Careers for Writers
- Careers for Cultural Lovers
and Other Artsy Types
- Career Opportunities in Art
- Careers in the Visual Arts
- Careers for Shutterbugs &
Other Candid Types
To see a complete list of career books
located at the Career Services Office click
- Graphic Design: A Career
Guide and Education Directory
- Graphic Design Career Guide
- Great Jobs for the Art
- How To Survive and Prosper
as an Artist
- The National Resource Guide
for the Placement of Artists
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