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Arts, Entertainment, Communications, Marketing, and Media

Art and Design

Visual Art, Graphic Design, Fashion, Interactive Media, Web Design

The art and design fields focus on the production of visual art and include focused fields like:

  • Fine art
  • Graphic and web design
  • Fashion
  • Interior and industrial design
  • Architecture
  • Photography
  • Illustration

Regardless of field or medium, the artistic and design process is highly creative with digital technology skills becoming increasingly important to distribute productions online. Students should start preparing as early as possible and consider designing a website to build a portfolio, source leads, and create an online brand for themselves. Additional elements can include an artist’s curriculum vitae, an artist statement, and documentation/photographs of their work.

Internships and apprenticeships are possible under current designers or artists and are typically arranged through networking or short-term project work. Students are encouraged to attend cultural events and network with professionals as much as possible. Additional study or advanced degrees, such as a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in a specific medium, may be necessary to pursue full-time opportunities. Freelance work is also common in art and design and is something students can pick up to begin building their portfolio of work.

Successful candidates have:

  • Basic knowledge of cultural institutions, the art market, and current trends
  • Strong creative skills with the ability to execute design concepts in specific media and learn quickly
  • Organizational and project management skills
  • Self-motivation, versatility, and independent initiative
  • Ability to communicate effectively with vendors, clients, and members of a creative team
  • Experience with applicable digital technologies
  • Design portfolio: PDF and/or online

Hiring cycle:

  • Internship Cycle - On-demand, freelance work, some internship programs hire in Jan/Feb
  • Job Cycle - On-demand, heavily freelance

Resources

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Visual Arts and Graphic Design

Fashion

Web and Interactive Media Design

Animation

Industrial, Architectural and Interior Design

Photography

Medical Illustration

Opportunities

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