Your Career in the Arts: Becoming a Thriving Artist

At Miami, we don't talk about "starving artists," rather, we celebrate our thriving artists! The College of Creative Arts is very proud to have an excellent job placement rate for arts alumni. In 2016, 93.7% of seniors graduating in an arts-related major were employed 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, Angela Pontious, 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 Angela and the College of Creative Arts career community, which includes faculty, staff, and a network of successful Miami alumni.

Whether your college degree takes you to Broadway or into corporate America, CCA artists thrive on the boards and in the board room!

Explore a career in...

Architecture and Interior Design

A student converses with a representative at the Arch+ID career fair

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!


Professor and student install an art capstone exhibit

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!


View from back of chorus risers toward front of house during a performance

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?


View from the rear control panel in a theatre

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.

Visit the Center for Career Exploration & Success

An overhead view of the Spring ICE Career Fair

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.