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Art Teacher Education Careers

Related Skills

  • Save artwork for a strong portfolio - too much is better than too little.
  • Be prepared to relocate to the larger markets of metropolitan areas where more opportunities exist.
  • Join art related professional and student organizations.
  • Volunteer with fundraising efforts for the arts.
    Gain valuable experience through volunteering, internships, part-time and summer jobs, and apprenticeships.
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in areas of interest to learn more about opportunities and strategies for these areas.
  • Learn to network.
  • Strong work ethic and professional behavior
  • Flexibility in thought and adaptive to new ideas
  • Imagination and creative skills
  • Basic computer skills, knowledge of computer software a plus
  • Good writing skills
  • Ability to verbally communicate principle skills and art appreciation
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure

Being Successful in the Field

  • A career in the arts takes dedication, patience, flexibility, talent, and some luck.
  • A bachelor’s degree is valuable for entry-level positions, but an advanced degree is usually necessary to attain competitive, upper-level positions.
  • An art degree can and should be tailored to areas of specialization.
  • Be prepared to begin career in entry-level positions.
  • Pair an art degree with other career interests to increase opportunities andprovide supplemental income.
  • Develop skills in business management, computers, marketing, and other related areas to increase marketability.

Related Fields

Art Museums/Galleries

  • Education
  • Administration
  • Curatorial
  • Conservation
  • Registrar
  • Collections Management
  • Sales
  • Publications
  • Development
  • Public Relations
  • Exhibit Design/Preparation
  • Archivist
  • Tour Guides/Docent


  • Government or private museums
  • Local historical societies
  • Galleries


  • Intern or volunteer in an art museum. Develop strength in art history areas.
  • Enhance computer skills.
  • Earn a business minor.
  • Acquire strong skills in research, fund-raising, speaking, and writing.
  • Earn an advanced degree in an academic discipline or museum studies for greater career opportunities.
  • Each specialty has varying qualifications and required training.
  • Develop good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work well on teams.

Fine Arts


  • Self-employed
  • Shared studios
  • Historic sites
  • School/Community programs


  • Prepare a strong portfolio.
  • Participate in juried shows.
  • Secure guild membership.
    Consider developing a source of supplemental income.
  • Learn to network and make contacts.
  • Develop strong skills in area of interest.
  • Obtain experience through apprenticeships, internships, or volunteering.

Commercial Art

  • Graphic Art
  • Computer Graphics
  • Illustration
  • Advertising


  • Newspapers
  • Publishing houses
  • Advertising agencies
  • Design firms
  • Large companies - product design divisions
  • Department stores
  • Television and motion picture industry
  • Non-technical and technical books, magazines, and trade publications
  • Internet media companies
  • Self-employed (freelance)


  • Prepare a strong portfolio.
  • Gain computer and technical skills.
  • Find an internshipin a design firm.
  • Work on campus publications in design or layout.
  • Obtain summeror part-time experience with book, magazine, or newspaper publishers.
  • Develop attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Supplement curriculum with coursework in advertising or business.


  • Studio Art
  • Fine Arts
  • Art History


  • Art schools
  • Public and private schools (K-12)Colleges and universities
  • Adult and community programs
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Alternative schools
  • Group homes


  • Obtain certification for public school teaching.
  • Graduate degree usually requiredfor post- secondary teaching.
  • Develop a specialty area.
  • Work or volunteer as a tutor, camp counselor, Big Brother/Sister, or after-school program counselor.
  • Become a member of art clubs.
  • Obtain substitute-teaching experience.
  • Developstrength in art history areas.

Art Therapy


  • Hospitals, nursing homes
  • Mental health facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Nonprofit organizations


  • Requires specialized training and certification, usually a master's degree in art therapy.
  • Supplement curriculum with psychology, social work, or counseling courses.
  • Gain experience working with diverse populations.


  • Sales
  • Programming
  • Design
  • Video
  • Production
  • Editing
  • Art Journalism
  • Illustration
  • Art Criticism
  • Animation/Cartoons


  • Corporate media departments
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Nonprofit agencies
  • Public relations and advertising firms
  • Independent production companies
  • Art-related publications
  • Publishing houses
  • Newspapers and magazines


  • Compile an up-to-date portfolio.
  • Gain knowledge of a variety of technical equipment.
  • Develop strong computer skills.
  • Participate in student theatrical productions.
  • Serve as audio-visual aide for campus films and lectures.
  • Act as photographer for campus events.
  • Work on student publications.
  • Gain experience through internships in media or related areas.
  • Supplement curriculum with courses in business, journalism, or broadcasting/electronic media.

Other Professions

  • Advertising Artist
  • Advertising Designer
  • Aerial Photographer
  • Airbrush Artist
  • Animator
  • Antiques Dealer
  • Architectural Model Builder
  • Architectural Renderer
  • Art Administrator
  • Art Agent
  • Art Buyer
  • Art Instructor
  • Art Specialist
  • Audio-Visual Specialist
  • Book Designer
  • Bookplate Artist
  • CAD Designer
  • Calligrapher
  • Car and Bus Card Artist
  • Caricaturist
  • Cartoonist
  • Catalog Illustrator
  • CD/Record Cover Designer
  • Ceramic Artist
  • Children’s Book Illustrator
  • Cinematographer
  • Comic Strip Artist
  • Consultant
  • Corporate Designer
  • Custom Decorator
  • Desktop Publishing Artist
  • Elementary Art Teacher
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Fashion Artist/Designer
  • Filmmaker
  • Flatware Designer
  • Floral Designer
  • Freelance Letter/Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Gallery Owner
  • Gemologist
  • Glass Blower
  • Graphic Arts Technician
  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Designer Billboard Artist
  • Greeting Card Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Interior Designer
  • Magazine Designer
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Motion Picture Artist
  • Motion Picture Animator
  • Motion Picture Scenic Designer
  • Municipal Graphic Designer
  • Mural Artist
  • Museum Artist
  • Newspaper Artist
  • Newspaper Illustrator
  • Newspaper Layout Artist
  • Package Designer
  • Photographer
  • Printing Crafts Worker
  • Printing Store Manager/Owner
  • Production Artist
  • Production Coordinator\
  • Production Manager
  • Professor of Art/Art History 
  • Stylist
  • Tattoo Artist
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Textile Designer
  • TV Graphic Designer
  • Visual Merchandise

Career Industry Liaison

Name Office Email Phone
Olanna Pullen  223 Bone Student Center  (309) 438-2200 

Internship Coordinator

Name Email Phone
Nancy Fewkes  (309)438-5621