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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.