Careers in Art & Design

art and design

Art and Design degrees are growing in popularity. The number of bachelor’s degrees conferred in the field has increased every year since 1999.  Degrees in Art and Design have roles in many different areas of business, including production design, consumer services, education, entertainment, and more.  Design careers are in high demand as business continues to depend more on branding and marketing through technology and the internet, which relies on a foundation of solid design skills and processes. The value of the arts in commerce and society have profoundly transformed the entrepreneurial and employment opportunities for studio artists and graphic designers.

The faculty encourages students to make career research and internship programs part of their academic learning.  Here are just a few examples of the diverse career opportunities available to Art & Design graduates:

Advertising Artist Advertising Art Director
Art Historian Art Conservator
Artist (Studio, Animation, etc) Art Therapist
Illustrator Medical Illustrator
Graphic Designer Web Site Designer
Web Content Producer Commercial Printer
Printer/Printmaker Photographer
Videographer Film Editor
Production Designer Set Designer
Interior Designer Furniture Designer
Jewelry Designer Textile Designer
Fashion Designer Television Graphic Designer
Film Graphic Designer Packaging Designer
Sculptor Application Designer
Museum Curator

Exhibit Designer

Photojournalist Photography Editor

Special Effects Artist

Video Game Production

For more information, inspiration and current Art & Design career news, check out AIGA Cal Poly and our Alumni Features


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