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Animation | Careers | For Undergraduates | Animation Majors | Film

How One Film Buff Became a Pixar Director of Photography

By: Scott Cline
December 5th, 2017

CCA alumnus Patrick Lin never thought he would have a career in animation. Growing up in Hong Kong, he was inspired by Hollywood titans George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, and decided he would someday make films.¹ This dream led him to the CCA film program, where, unbeknownst to him, he began laying the groundwork for one of the most coveted Pixar jobs: Director of Photography.

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Careers | Choosing A Major

What can you do with a design degree? Here are 6 awesome careers

By: Scott Cline
March 23rd, 2017

Jony Ive. Milton Glaser. Frank Lloyd Wright. We don't just remember the names of the world's most legendary designers – we experience their work every day. Using a smartphone, getting absorbed in the latest YouTube broadcast, or walking around an engrossing museum are reminders of how important design is in our world. How did the “greats” become great?   Many of them earned a degree in the design field, which gives you the skills and perspective needed to make creations that positively impact society. Below are six exciting, fulfilling, and potentially lucrative careers you can pursue with an art degree:

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Careers | Choosing A Major

What can you do with an arts degree? Here are 5 amazing careers

By: Scott Cline
March 20th, 2017

In the words of Henri Matisse, "creativity takes courage." It's not always easy to embrace your passion by pursuing an art degree. But the rewards you can reap after completing your program are well worth it – including a great career doing work that you care deeply about.

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Careers | For Undergraduates | Design Majors | Fashion Majors | Architecture Majors | Animation Majors

6 highest paying careers you can get with an art school degree

By: Scott Cline
March 13th, 2017

Recent research shows that 80% of art graduates obtain employment that is either closely or somewhat related to their education.

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Careers | Internships

3 Truly Amazing Internships for Art Students

By: Noel Dahl
March 6th, 2017

What does it really take to vault your resume onto the desks of America’s top creative employers? Here’s what the senior art director of a Fortune 500 company said recently in a Quora post: “The portfolio is what everyone looks at, hands down...The portfolio is the great and ultimate equalizer...Heck, for a designer job, I'd hire someone with a knockout portfolio and a high school education before I'd hire an MFA with a mediocre one and not think twice about it.” In other words, in your job hunt, your art school degree and even your grades probably won’t single-handedly get you the job of your dreams. What will help a lot, however, is a great internship. The Benefits of Internships for Art Students Landing an internship is a proven way to get your foot in the door with an otherwise hard-to-impress employer. According to an Internships.com poll, you have a 7 in ten chance of being hired by the company you intern for. But whether or not your internship leads to a job offer, the right internship will give you the work experience and portfolio firepower to get noticed in the creative field. Here are 3 examples of internships for art students that will help you: Build a network of industry contacts. Bolster your resume Apply your college lessons to solving real-world problems.

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