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What is Art? Related Careers
Related Skills Job & Internship Seach Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Links OSU Department of Art

What is Art?

According to Google Art is, "the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture.

The Oregon State University of Art is a progressive community of artists, designers, historians, students, and scholars. They are a center for visual arts within a major research institution, where the contemporary is created while drawing upon tradition. Their community is engaged in critical thinking, imaginative problem solving, and contemporary theory, while working in a dynamic and supportive environment which encourages individuality, collaboration, interdisciplinarity, and cultural diversity. Art students at OSU develop high standards, self-reliance, and a motivation for life-long learning. Overall, the department strives to establish individual artistic lives, and inspire new generations of creative thinkers and practitioners.

Art - What Can I Do with This Degree? pdf - lists the industry areas, employers, and strategies for using your degree.

Related Careers

Advertising Artist Advertising Designer Aerial Photographer
Airbrush Artist Animator Antiques Dealer
Architectural Modle Builder Architectural Renderer Art Administrator
Art Buyer Art Conservator Art Consultant
Art Critic Art Dealer Art Director
Art Exhibition Coordinator Art Graphic Assistant Art Historian
Artist Artist's Agent Art Teacher
Art Therapist Assistant Curator Auctioneer Transporter
Audio Visual Artist/Designer Bank Note Designer Billboard Artist
Book Illustrator/Designer Book Jacket Designer Bookplate Artist
CAD Designer Calligrapher Car & Bus Card Artist
Caricaturist Cartoonist Catalog Illustrator
CD/Record Cover Designer Ceramic Artist Cinematographer
Color Expert Copyist Costume Designer/Illustrator
Courtrook Sketcher Decorator Direct Mail Artist
Display Artist/Designer/Painter Drafter Editorial Illustrator
Engraver Environmental Designer Etcher
Exhibit Designer Fabric Designer Fashion Artist/Designer
Filmmaker Floral Designer Freelance Letter/Designer
Furniture Designer Gallery Owner Gemologist
Glass Blower Graphic Arts Technician Graphic Designer
Greeting Card Artist Impressionist Interior Decorator/Designer
Internet Designer Kitchenware Designer Landscape Architect
Label Designer Layout Artist Magazine Cover Artist
Magazine Designer/Illustrator Mannequin Decorator Mechanical & Production Artist
Medical Illustrator Memorial Designer Millinery Designer
Motion Picture Animator/Artist Motion Picutre Scenic Designer Municipal Graphic Designer
Mural Artist Museum Artist Newspaper Artist/Illustrator
Newspaper Layout Artist Photographer Photojournalist
Printing Designer Printing Layout Artist Product Designer
Quick Sketch Artist Sculptor Set Designer/Illustrator
Silhouette Artist Silkscreen Artist Stained Glass Artist
Stencil Cutter Still Photographer Textile Designer
Topographer Toy Designer Tracer
Trademark Designer Typographical Artist Upholstery Fabric Designer
Urban Designer    

Organizations that Typically Employ Art Majors

Adult & Community Programs Advertising Agencies Apparel Manufacturers
Art Studios Auction Houses Department/Retail Stores
Film/Motion Picture Producers Museums/Galleries Hospitals/Nursing Homes etc.
Interior Design Departments Libraries Local Historical Societies
Magazines/Newspapers Media Production Companies Photo Agencies
Private/Local Arts Councils Public/Private Art Schools Publishing Houses
Textile Mills Trade Publications  

Related Skills

Imagination & Creativity      Strong Communication Skills Work Ethic
Flexibility Basic Reading, Writing & Editing An eye for beauty & composition

Job & Internship Search Links

USAJobs.gov - check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Jobs by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

The Art Career Project - You’ll find a breakdown of nearly every type of art and career you can imagine, from the normal to the more obscure. Some of the art careers you’ll find here include graphic design, painting, jewelry design, golf course design, Foley art, and even found art! If you don’t see your passion on our site, contact us and we’ll add it.

Artist Resource - a variety of information on art jobs and employment, as well as supply information and galleries.

Museum Job Resources Online - a source for online job seeking databases surrounding the arts.

Museum Careers - The American Association of Museums provides career information and a great resource for finding jobs.

Visual Artist Information Hotline - offers online resources to facilitate the work of visual artists, with links to jobs in arts and arts management.

Creative Hotlist - graphic and web design.

Artists' Resource Guide

Artist Jobs

Careers in Visual Arts

Art Careers

Arts Resources

Art Jobs

Jobs in Music

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook -  the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

Artist Resource - a variety of information on art jobs and employment, as well as supply information and galleries.

World Wide Art Resources - a great source for up to date informaiton on contemporary art, art news, art history, contemporary artist and gallery portfolios.

ArtSource - a network of resources for Art and Architecture.

Art History Network - a basic guide for art history knowledge and information.

The Art Career Project - You’ll find a breakdown of nearly every type of art and career you can imagine, from the normal to the more obscure.

Artschools.com - provides career resources and an extensive set of employment links for artists.

What Can I do with a Major in Art? - CareerThoughts.com has a similar page to this one, which includes career options, expected salary, and job outlook information.

Career Alternatives for Art Historians

Career Resources for Creatives

Professional Association Links

Association of Art Historians - promotes the professional practice and public understanding of art history with information about events and job/career opportunities.

American Art Therapy Association - information about how to facillitate art therapy, as well as education and career information.

American Association of Museums - provides resources and information related to museums.

Art Association

College Art Association

Prescott Center for the Arts

Oregon Arts Commission

Oregon Arts Watch

Miscellaneous Links

Oregon Arts Museums and Craft Centers

Portland Art Museum

All Art Schools

Museums in the US


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