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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in Visual Arts



Students in Visual Arts are guided by accomplished artists/teachers to pursue their goals in ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and film/video. A solid background in art history and contemporary critical analysis, as well as core liberal arts courses is provided. This educational approach enables students to graduate from the B.F.A. program with the variety of skills necessary for a career as a creative artist.

Generally, visual artists fall into two categories - "graphic artists" and "fine artists" - depending on the artist's purpose in creating a work of art. Graphic artists put their artistic skills and vision at the service of commercial clients, such as major corporations, retail stores, advertising, design, or publishing firms. Fine artists create art to satisfy their own need for self expression, and may display their work in art galleries, museums and homes. Some of their work may be done at the specific request of clients. Fine artists work independently, choosing their mediums and subject matters as they see fit. Often, they specialize in one or more forms of art, i.e. painting, sculpting, or printmaking. In many instances, visual artists work in more commercially connected endeavors, while pursuing their "fine arts" goals.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Advertising Artist Corporate Curator Landscape Architect
Animator Costume Designer Layout Artist
Appraiser Courtroom Sketcher Muralist
Architecture Model Builder Curatorial Assistant Nonprofit Administrator
Archivist Display/Set Designer Photojournalist
Art Teacher Drafter Product Designer
Art Therapist Engraver Production Assistant
Arts Administrator Exhibit Designer Public Relations Coordinator
Arts Conservator Fashion Coordinator Publications Assistant
Arts Critic Filmmaker Restorer
Book Illustrator Freelance Artist Retail Store Art Director
Buyer/Senior Buyer Game Designer Sales Assistant
Calligrapher Graphic Artist Store Manager
Cartoonist Illustrator Textile Designer
Ceramic Artist Interior Designer Web Designer
Cinematographer Jewelry Designer .

Types of Employers


Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Apparel Manufacturers Elementary and Secondary Schools Photo Agencies & Studios
Architectural Firms Engineering Firms Public Relations Firms
Art Galleries Hospitals Publishing companies
Art Publications Independent Production Companies Rehabilitation clinics
Auction Houses Libraries Retail Stores
Colleges/Universities Media Organizations School Systems
Corporate Communications Museums/historical societies .
Craft Guilds Nursing homes .


Government Agencies
Commission of Fine Arts National Archives & Records Administration Peace Corps/AmeriCorps
Cultural Affairs Agencies National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Smithsonian Institution
Department of Education National Endowment for the Arts Travel and Tourism Dept.
Institute of Museum Services National Endowment for the Humanities .
NJ Department of Education Office of Int'l. Education .

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students


Organization Job Title

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Visual Arts
Organization Job Title
ARC Adult Training Specialist

Self Employed Freelance Graphic Designer

Photo Corp. of America Manager of Photo Studio

Rutgers University Slide Librarian


Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Visual Arts
"Artscribe International" Art Critic

NYC Board of Education Art Teacher

The Lehman Center (Adv. Training) Art Therapist

Self Employed Artist

Kendall Center for the Arts Artist

The Pumphouse Gallery Artist/Curator

Harry Abrams, Inc. Asst. Contracts Manager

Daily Challenge Associate Editor

NJN Public Television’s State of the Arts Associate Producer

Art Department, UCLA Chair

Creative Garment Design Director

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Graduate Schools Attended


Institution Degree Field
Georgia Southern University MA Education

Montclair University MA Art Education

Rutgers University MA Visual Arts

Western Illinois University MA Communication

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