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Arts and design

Overview

Career opportunities in the arts and design realm are truly what you make them. Unlike more traditional career paths, artists and creatives have the ability to mold their craft into a career. About 60% of artists are self-employed. Those who are not often work in the advertising, computer, film, publishing and software industries. Opportunities for artists will continue to exist in both traditional and freelance structures, with each offering its own positives and negatives.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects continued expansion of opportunities for creatives due to increased demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies, television and on smartphones. As companies continue to increase their digital presence, more art and design workers will be needed to help create visually appealing and effective layouts of websites and other media platforms.

The Vault Guides offer a sample of careers for artists and designers. Each guide gives, among other valuable information, an overview of the job and entry-level requirements. You’ll notice that some jobs may overlap with a variety of majors or industries.

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Anna Umbreit

Senior assistant director, arts, design and entrepreneurship

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