Why Study Art?

An art degree opens the door to a wide variety of career opportunities and provides a solid foundation for post-graduate study.

Whether you choose to create art or teach art history, art majors work for museums and galleries, art foundations, auction houses, in conservation and preservation, film and television, government agencies, industry, publishing, retailing, visual resources, and writing. Jobs such as grant administrator, corporate curator, art appraiser, and architectural conservationist blend and showcase the interests and expertise of today's art majors.

Art graduates have gone on to further study and careers not only in art and architecture, but also in medicine, law, and business. Alumni have attended many fine institutions, including Cal Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago; the universities of Chicago, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Texas; as well as Yale, Harvard, and New York University.

Resources on graduate study, fellowships, internships, summer and study abroad programs are available on bulletin boards in the Belk Visual Arts Center, through the Art Department assistant, the Center for Career Development, and the Study Abroad Office.

Art Alumni

Watch these short videos to learn about how past art majors have benefitted in their careers and lives from taking art courses.

Carey Pickard '90
Emphasis: Art History
Profession: Senior Vice President, The Compass Group, Inc.
Carrie McColgan '95
Studio Art
Veterinarian and Hospital Director, Village Vets
Sarah Phillips '01
Emphasis: Art History
Profession: VP and General Counsel, Davidson College
Alex Locke '10
Art History
Client Development, Sotheby's
Nate Rogers '02
Emphasis: Studio Art 
Profession: Art Educator and Professional Artist
Ambrice Miller '09
Emphasis: Studio Art
Profession: Securities Lending Product Manager, BlackRock