Your Career in Studio Art

A glassblower creates a bird sculpture
A painter stands at his bench with his supplies spread out in front of him and some completed works on the wall behind him
Fingers using a brush to create a watercolor painting of a landscape

What can I do with a major in Studio Art?

Careers

Museum and Galleries

Art Direction
Curatorial
Conservation
Restoration
Exhibit Design and Preparation
Archive Management
Education Outreach

Photography

Fine Arts
News
Commercial and Industry
Portrait
Nature
Scientific

College Professor in Studio Art
Secondary School Art Teacher (requires Art Education Degree)
Graphic Art
Computer Graphics
Illustration
Advertising
Medical and Scientific Illustration
Animation
Cartoons
Art Direction
Creative Direction
Art Therapist (requires licensure or certification)

Employers

Art Museums: University, Public, Private
Galleries
Archives
Historical Societies
Natural History Museums
Living History Museums
Studios
Community Art Centers
Universities and Schools
Advertising Agencies
Design Firms
Publishing Companies: Magazines, Newspapers, Books
Department Stores
Television and Film Industry
Manufacturing Firms
Internet Media Companies
Governmental Agencies
Libraries
Corporations

Alumni Stories

The Influence of Mentors

Kelly Malec-KosakOne of the biggest influences on me at Miami were the relationships. Students get to know the faculty and staff really well, and can turn to them for support and guidance. Professor Susan Ewing was a huge influence on me professionally – her career, her abilities and her drive were inspiring, and had a lot to do with me getting into academics. I am currently Chair of Fine Arts at Columbus College of Art & Design. I was hired here over ten years ago, thanks to her encouragement and influence, and I will be forever grateful.

Staff members also played a huge role in who I became as a person. I was a student assistant for CraftSummer and worked closely with Joyce Ponder, Tom Effler and Geoff Eacker. They treated me like family, kindly guiding me in the job, treating me well and helping me grow in confidence. The close relationships we formed have continued to influence me in how I treat others, and I’m grateful for the model they set as professional people who really care about other people.

Kelly Malec-Kosak, Class of 1993
Chair of Fine Arts
Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH

Resources for Artists