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Career Options in Art Related Fields

written by: C.D. Crowder•edited by: Tricia Goss•updated: 3/7/2011

If you have an arts degree, you have numerous options available. The career options in art related fields range from teaching to designing to guiding and much more. The arts field contains thousands of different careers depending on your degree's focus.

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    Fine Arts

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    When you think about career options in art fields, your first thoughts may be the most obvious, such as painter, sculptor or sketch artist. These are all viable career options. Fine artists do not necessarily need a degree, but it does help when trying to land a position. If you decide to work for yourself, your work may speak for itself.

    If you want to work in the fine arts field, your options vary based upon your chosen media, such as painting or sewing. Once you have narrowed down your search based on media, you can work for yourself, another artist or a company. Many artists choose to work as the assistant of another artist to help further their career and fine tune their own craft. An example of using your fine arts skills in a non-arts industry is by becoming a sketch artist for your local police. Another possible position would be painting murals over graffiti covered walls for your community.

    Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons / Anthonycrosse

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    Graphic Arts

    For those who want to pursue a career in arts with a focus in technology, graphic arts is the perfect area. Some of the most popular career options in art for graphic artists include graphic designer, web designer, video editor and flash animator. In order to gain a position at most businesses, you need at least a two-year degree or several years of experience.

    One popular career option for graphic artists is game design. Whether designing video games, phone apps or flash games for websites, graphic artists can find numerous possibilities in the gaming industry. Many graphic artists create unique images, just like a painter or sketch artist, for people to use as logos and advertisements.

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    Although the arts education area requires a Bachelor's degree or higher, many enjoy sharing their interests with others through teaching. Any arts field you choose to study can be turned in to an education career. Whether you choose to teach in a typical school setting, online, privately or at a special arts school, you will be passing on your own knowledge and expertise while continuing to learn more about your field.

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    The arts also include the performing arts. Dancers, musicians and actors all fall into the performing arts group. Careers often include doing commercials, music videos, choreography, theater, directing and joining dance troupes. Although many dream of stardom, there is plenty of work available in their field while working towards their dreams.

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    Artists often overlook many careers, such as art therapy. With art therapy, art is used to help rehabilitate others. This can be in the form of teaching others an art form, drawing, performing or even using colors to help elicit responses.

    Art restoration is another popular, but overlooked career option for artists. Museums, schools and private collectors are always looking for artists to help restore paintings, sculptures, murals and more to their original state. This requires a great eye for detail and the knowledge of how to restore items without causing further damage.

    Many artists help design sets for movies, commercials, theater productions, music videos and museums. Set design involves building, painting, arranging and even graphic design. This allows the artist to focus on their field and even help other artists expand their own careers.

    For artists interested in history and the latest art trends, working in a gallery or museum may be the perfect career choice. From explaining art to others to helping find new pieces to bring in, these types of careers offer a way to enjoy art without actually having to be an artist yourself.

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    Summary and References

    Literally thousands, if not millions, of careers are available in various art related fields. Even if the focus of business is not art, there is often a career involving art, such as designing page layouts or managing a website.

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