The University of Kansas School of the Arts, which is housed under the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a BFA or a BA in Visual Arts. The degrees are divided into eight specializations which are Ceramics, Drawing & Painting, Expanded Media, Metalsmithing/Jewelry, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles, and Visual Art Education. The undergraduate program also includes a Professional Activities Seminar that helps prepare seniors for gallery representation, graduate school application, and alternative career options. If students so choose, they may further their education and work towards a Masters in Fine Arts. Individuals graduating with a degree in art often are self-employed, may have multiple jobs at one time, and often teach at some point in their lives.
Featured Resources & Career Ideas
Art Education: Involves educating others, including children through senior citizens, on art techniques or history, often in a school, community, or healthcare organization
Corporate Art: Includes assisting companies with corporate art collections and/or communications
Entrepreneurship: Allows individuals to utilize their talents in art and business to start their own art-based business or organization
Professional Artist: Involves using artistic talents to create and sell art for profit
Freelance Work: Entails utilizing one’s network and resources to contract with individuals, companies, or organizations to complete project-based assignments
Further Explore Careers in Visual Art/Design
- AIC - online career resources from a professional organization for those interested in the conservation of historic and artistic works
- Association of Teaching Artists - information for professional artists who teach or want to teach
- Makingthedifference.org - online resource for those interested in utilizing their art degree in the federal government
- National Association of Independent Artists - organization that serves to enhance economic well-being of those who exhibit their artwork at quality art shows
- National Portfolio Day Association - national organization for those in the art community who are needing assistance in their portfolios
- Strategic National Arts Alumni Project - annual online survey, data management, and institutional improvement system for arts gradates
- The Curb Center - a national policy center committed to research and teaching that challenges leaders to rethink the place of art and creativity in our world
View specific employers by state.
- Art Studios
- Art Shops
- Art Supply Shops
- Arts Administrator
- Corporate Communications
- Corporate Companies (corporate art collections)
- Digital Facilities
- Etsy Shop
- Fashion Houses
- Film Companies
- Jewelry Stores
- Local Historical Societies
- Newspaper/Publishing Houses
- Open Galleries
- Photographic Darkroom
- Private Businesses
- Public/Private Schools
- Therapy Centers
- Urban Planning Firms
- App Developer
- Art Auctioneer
- Art Director
- Art Editor
- Art Educator
- Art Lecturer
- Artists' Agent
- Combat Photographer
- Corporate Curators
- Fashion Designer
- Film Editor
- Foundry Artist
- Freelance Artist
- Gallery Director/Owner
- Jewelry Designer
- Layout Designer
- Museum Guide
- Police Sketch Artist
- Self-Employed Artist
- Set Designer
- Technical Illustrator
- Wallpaper Designer
- Identify areas of interest in visual arts so you can focus your academic and experiences towards these fields.
- Become familiar with the required professional qualifications associated with careers that interest you (i.e. advanced degrees, licensure and/or certifications).
- Consider starting your own business, doing freelance work, or working several part-time positions at once.
- Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
- Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
- Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest in visual arts/design, and if possible, attend local and or regional conferences to network with professionals working in your field.
- Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant.
- Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional education.
- Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.
Links to Job & Internship Listings
- American Association of Museums - national job listings board for those interested in working in museums from a professional organization
- Americans for the ARTS - job bank with careers in the arts
- Apparel Executives - job listings for both internships and full-time positions in the apparel and fashion industries
- ArtistsRegister.com - list of excellent opportunities for competitions, internships, exhibitions, festivals and fairs, film, and public art
- ArtSchools - online resource for portfolio preparation for college and employment opportunities
- Creative Hotlist - online search engine geared towards career development in the art fields
- Coroflot - online resource for the "creative world at work" featuring job listings board, portfolio advice, groups, and general career advice
- Design Addict - resource featuring over 5000 links in all fields regarding visual arts/design such as museums, collectors, associations, and artists
- Incredible @rt Department - national job listings board arranged by state which offers a variety of art related jobs
- National Art Education Association - premier electronic recruitment resource for the profession, includes job listings