Southeast Missouri State University

A major or minor in art can provide you with a variety of career opportunities in business, industry, museums, galleries, education and the arts.  Here are just a few examples.

Commercial Art/Graphic Designer – All newspaper, magazine and billboard imagery are created by graphic designers.  The combination of creative type, quality-manipulated photographs and drawn images advertises products and sales trends.  The designer creates the logs and advertising concepts, working between the client and the public market with visually exciting images.  Design concepts begin with drawings, words and photographs which are later manipulated through the computer.  Web site designers work with Web builders to uniquely convey the visual presentation of sites.

Illustrator – Words often need interpretation and elaboration through pictures.  Books, maps and brochures often need the artist to give visual meaning to what the text says.  The illustrator bridges painting, watercolor painting and graphic design to artistically enhance ideas.  Illustrators work with writers to make pictures for books.  They create public and private murals to illustrate the ideas and concepts others wish to show.

Digital Art – The Department of Art's Digital Art Specialization at Southeast Missouri State University prepares students for a wide range of creative careers in the Digital Arts such as Web Design, Photographers, Video Production/ Editing, Digital Designer, Digital Arts Director, as well as providing them with the required BFA degree for entry into a Masters of Fine Art program in Digital Arts.

Art Teacher – There continues to be a demand for certified art teachers in public and private schools at all grade levels.  A variety of positions exist.  Some art teachers travel around to a few elementary schools and some have one art-teaching classroom where the students come in for class periods.  Many of the high schools have an art faculty of two to four teachers and multi-level studio classes in different media.  Kindergarten through 12th grade art teachers enjoy their summers off to create their own art.

Professional Painter – Many artists enjoy careers creating their art and selling it through galleries, corporate art representatives, art fairs and interior decorators.  The individual painter learns to market their work and discipline their productivity like a private business.  Personal initiative, hard work and ambition to succeed reward these artists with successful careers as painters.

Sculptor – Parks, courtyards of buildings, city plazas, amusement parks and playgrounds are places where sculptural artists have been commissioned to create large-scale 3-dimensional artworks of beauty and interest.  Private art collectors and museums acquire sculpture as art that has rounded form, texture and a variety of materials.  The sculptor understands basic engineering instinctively and enjoys building the physical form of their art.

Fiber Artist – Banners, decorative wall hangings, flags, hand-woven textiles, tapestries, wearable art, and specialty interior design fabrics are the purview of fiber artists.  Textile weaving mills and commercial, industrial fabric design companies hire fiber artist/designers who understand the structure of woven cloth and design on fabrics with dye technology.

Ceramic Artist – Studio pottery is a popular career for ceramic artists.  By working from a home studio and selling their products at craft fairs and galleries, these artists make a living and have a lifestyle that revolves around their work.  Teaching classes or workshops at craft schools, camps and children’s programs provide excellent supplements for the ceramic artist. 

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