Career Paths


In a highly competitive market, it can sometimes be difficult to choose an educational path that is right for you. With career options becoming increasingly competitive across all majors, a degree in art can supply students with critical thinking, spatial reasoning and creative problem-solving skills, all of which are highly sought-after qualities many employers value in their employees.

Examples of these skills include general creativity, the ability to communicate both verbally and visually, increased self-discipline, a strong work ethic, the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, a proficiency in analytical reasoning and the ability to make critical observations and evaluations.

There are also many art-specific career options available to students graduating with a B.A. or minor in art from WVWC such as:

  • Graphic Designer (print media)
  • Web Designer (create websites and online content)
  • Motion Graphics Designer (create graphics for TV, film and online video)
  • Art Director (magazines, blogs, ad agencies, etc)
  • Animator
  • Arts Administrator (working for non-profits in management and fundraising)
  • Fine/Gallery Artist (show in galleries/museums)
  • Craft Business Owner (sell your wares online and at craft fairs)
  • Curator (at galleries/museums/alternative spaces)
  • Private Art Instructor
  • Arts Educator (at a museum or other institution)
  • Visual Resource Center Manager (Art Librarian)
  • Art Therapist (at hospitals/other institutions)
  • Photographer (Commercial, Portraiture, Art, Forensic, Photojournalism, etc)
  • Muralist/Faux Finish Specialist
  • Portrait Painter
  • Cartoonist for blogs/newspapers/magazines
  • Social Media Manager (manage online presence for other individuals/companies)
  • Marketing/Advertising Positions (at Ad Agencies)
  • Arts Writer/Critic (for a blog/newspaper/etc)
  • Art Magazine Editor (online or hard copy)
  • Gallery Owner
  • Gallery Manager
  • Gallery Assistant (help manage a gallery)
  • Freelance Collection Manager
  • Art Handler/Shipper (at a museum or specialized company)
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Community Development Officer
  • Art Investment Consultant
  • Political Arts Advocate (paid lobbyist on behalf of an arts organization)
  • Art Lawyer (additional degrees required)
  • Illustrator (blogs/books/magazines)
  • Children’s book illustrator
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Caricaturist
  • Tattoo Artist
  • Cartographer (mapmaker)
  • Sign Painter