Resume Tips or Strategies:

Career Resources for Art Majors:

Art Graduate Degree Types:

Arts Management MA

Art Administration MA

Art Business MA

Visual Arts Administration MA

Studio and Digital Arts MS

Art History PhD

Art Education MA

Art Conservation MS

Art Therapy MA

Career options:

  • Master’s Degree:
    • Art Historian
    • Art Inspector
    • Art Teacher
    • Arts Administrator
    • Cultural Arts Coordinator
    • Museum Manager/Director
    • Art Gallery Manager/Director
    • Art Therapist
  • PhD:
    • Professor
    • Art Researcher/Historian

Salary and job outlook information

Job Title Median Salary Outlook
Archivists, Curators, and Museum Workers $46,300 +7% (average)
Art Directors $85,610 +2% (slower than average)
Craft and Fine Artists $44,400 +2% (slower than average)
Multimedia Artists and Animators $63,630 +6% (average)


  • Many professors recommend that artists not go directly from undergraduate to graduate programs, but to first establish themselves as working artists.
  • An M.F.A. degree is a requirement for college faculty, so earning the degree can increase your chances of getting a job.

  • Think of the following industries:
    • Art Museums
    • Art archives
    • Historical Societies
    • Natural History Museums
    • Galleries
    • Community Centers
    • Auction Houses
    • Studios
    • Colleges/Universities
    • School/Community Programs
    • Advertising Agencies
    • Public Relations
    • Design Firms
    • Publishing Companies
    • TV/Movie Industry
    • Internet media companies
    • Art schools
    • Libraries
    • Art Therapy
    • Photographers
  • Keep a portfolio of your work, reports on exhibitions/pieces to show experience as well as the ability to research art pieces.
  • Create a blog where you can post your research projects and talk about art/artists. Use other social media platforms to also demonstrate your knowledge of art.
  • Think about learning another language since the art field is diverse.
  • Create an online portfolio as well as the hardcover.
  • Make your online presence known, share thoughts on pieces, etc. Try searching your own name and see what comes up, if an employer doesn’t see anything while another candidate has numerous posts on pieces, thoughts, etc, the other candidate will become more attractive.

Archivists, Curators, and Museum Workers

Art Directors

Craft and Fine Artists

Multimedia Artists and Animators