Careers and Graduate Study

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Are you thinking about pursuing a career in Art?

report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce summarizes 2009 findings regarding the earning potential of various college majors. The section on Art majors starts on page 54.

Networking is an important way to learn about a profession from someone who is currently in it. The Boston College Career Center provides good advice about how to network. You can build your network by searching the BC Alumni Community for contacts in your field of interest. If you're thinking of pursuing a career as an artist, have a look at the Art Department's Studio Art Alumni Directory where you'll find links to the personal websites of graduates from our program.

Internships provide valuable opportunities to explore various careers and gain experience. The Career Center includes internships in its EagleLink job listings. You can also subscribe to the Art History, Studio Art and/or Film listservs (contact Joanne Elliott to request to be added), and follow the Art Department on Facebook to learn about internship opportunities.

Explore the research opportunities that can provide you with funding to further pursue your interests and gain valuable experience.

And be sure to take advantage of opportunities to view, learn and write about, and make and exhibit art at BC and in the Boston area!

More information about preparing for and finding a career using your background in

Additional Resources

Scores of websites provide job and internship listings and advice, as well as career exploration and preparation advice for soon-to-be-grads. The Career Center will be able to guide you to the best of these. Here are a few that focus on jobs and career-planning advice likely to be of interest to graduates with Visual Arts degrees.

  • College Art Association Career Center. The CAA is the most important professional organization for practitioners and scholars of the visual arts. Its annual conference in February provides a venue for networking, interviews, and for scholars and artists—both emerging and established—to present their work. You may find membership in CAA—benefits of which include subscriptions to its numerous publications, discounts, and career advice along with full access to job listings—to be well worth the reasonable price.
  • H-Net Job Guide. If you're interested in pursuing a career in academia, this resource, which posts academic position announcements in the Humanities, will give you an idea of the types of positions available.
  • Academic Jobs Online lists open faculty positions worldwide. You can search by discipline (discipline names do not seem to be standardized, so be sure to scroll through the list if you don't want to miss anything!) to get a sense of where and what type of teaching positions are available in your field.
  • hireCulture. The Massachusetts Cultural Council's job search engine for art-related careers in Massachusetts.
  • The New York Foundation for the Arts claims to receive "more listings per day than any other art-focused job board."  Although the emphasis is on openings in the greater New York City area, listings from all over the U.S. are included as well.
  • ArtJobs includes postings in arts, culture, education, theatre and museums.
  • TheArtGorgeous is a Hong Kong-based project that posts art world job openings from all over the globe.

Jobs and Internships available in the Visual Arts