Professions for Visual Art

Your ability to make a living as a painter, sculpture, or film-maker depends on your talent, circumstances, and public opinion. That’s why you might want to consider pursuing a complementary career as an art teacher, designer, art critic, or gallery director until you get your big break.

The creativity that makes you a good artist can be applied to careers in advertising, public relations, publishing, television, journalism, museum and gallery work, movies, and theaters. An art background also makes you an ideal candidate for work in art therapy, arts administration, libraries, and education.

Representative job titles and areas of specialization

  • Advertising Designer
  • Animator
  • Architect
  • Art Critic
  • Art Dealer
  • Art Editor
  • Art Therapist
  • Cartoonist
  • Calligrapher
  • Commercial Artist
  • Creative Director
  • Curator
  • Display Artist
  • Exhibits Specialist
  • Gallery Director
  • Graphic Artists/Designers
  • Illustrator
  • Interior Design
  • Medical & Scientific Illustration
  • Painter
  • Photo Editor
  • Photographer
  • Printmaker
  • Professor/Instructor/Teacher
  • Publishing
  • Sculptor
  • Set Designer
  • Visual Information Specialist