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:
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.
Recent research shows that 80% of art graduates obtain employment that is either closely or somewhat related to their education.
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.
You grew up with the Pixar classics: “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Inside Out,” “Brave,” or “Up.” Or maybe you were a DreamWorks kid, preferring the goofier “Shrek,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” or “Kung Fu Panda.” Whatever animation style painted a grin on your childhood face, now it’s your turn to bring laughter, adventure, and unforgettable characters to the next generation. To work for Pixar or another of the top animation studios is the aspiring animator’s dream. Who wouldn’t want to perfect their art alongside animation legends like John Lasseter and Pete Docter? But the animation job market is, as one art professor puts it, “Insanely competitive.” As you plan for your formal animation education, how can you give yourself an edge in your quest to work for Pixar or another leading studio? Step one is to choose the right art school. No art school can guarantee you’ll get a job at Pixar (and run the other way if any do), but the right art school will help you immensely.
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