Thriving Artists

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At Miami, we celebrate our thriving artists! The College of Creative Arts is very proud to have an excellent job placement rate for arts alumni. In 2019, 96.7% of seniors graduating in an arts-related major were employed or enrolled in a graduate program within a year of graduation. In addition, Miami University has one of the highest return-on-investment statistics for public universities in the nation.

While we want our students to explore, create, and grow at Miami, we are also very serious about making sure they thrive upon graduation.

  • The CCA has its own Career Center liaison, Michelle Vaske, who works directly with CCA faculty and staff, and begins to work with students on Day One of their Miami experience.
  • First-year students are introduced to career exploration during the fall of their freshman year and continue to build relationships with Michelle and the College of Creative Arts career community, which includes faculty, staff, and a network of successful Miami alumni.
  • The CCA has its very own #ThrivingArtist Network. The network connects CCA alum in cities across the country with graduating seniors. 

Read more about the success of our thriving artists by following #ThrivingArtist and #ThrivingArtists hashtags or the MiamiOHCCA social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn. 

Explore a career in...

Architecture and Interior Design

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Your education in Architecture and Interior Design at Miami opens all sorts of professional doors. Bring your creative drive, and we'll help you get there!


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At Miami, a degree in Art means that you could create, teach, and design, in settings ranging from museums to studios to therapeutic centers. Your creative license awaits!


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Your education in Music empowers you to do what you love, whether it is performing, teaching, composing, or managing an arts organization. What will you choose?


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Make the world your stage at Miami. Your education in Theatre gives you everything you need to perform, design sets or costumes, or teach others how to express their true selves.



Design for the future with ETBD. Graduates of the undergraduate and graduate programs often find themselves working as startup founders, digital marketers, growth hackers, social media marketers, UX designers, and more.

Visit the Center for Career Exploration & Success

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The Center for Career Exploration and Success empowers undergraduate and graduate students to engage in career exploration and experiential learning to optimize their professional and personal potential through connections with employers and the Miami career community. The College of Creative Arts enjoys a partnership with the Career Center, including satellite offices in Presser Hall, the Center for Performing Arts, and the Art Building.

Join the Thriving Artist Network


In order to help young artists thrive, the College of Creative Arts Advisory Board developed a powerful new network. The vision for the #ThrivingArtist network involves establishing an engaged group of arts alumni in major cities in the U.S.

In joining a particular network, an alumni agrees to help a recently matriculated student who is moving to that city in a variety of possible ways: review a resume, allow for a job shadow, do an informational interview, buy the student a meal, etc. This network allows for both mentorship for students (as they begin their life after college) and for more active dialogue and collaboration between arts alumni in key metropolitan areas. #ThrivingArtist networking events are also held in those key metropolitan areas for members to connect, socialize and share resources. 

Alumni can join the #ThrivingArtist network here>>

Graduating students can join here>>