Everyone who studies art won’t become an artist, just like everyone who studies English won’t become a novelist. But there are plenty of fulfilling careers that you can take on with the skills that you develop by going down an artistic path. Here, we are going to talk through a few different options, what their main requirements are and how you can get into each career.
If you like the idea of being able to convey stories and ideas through at, becoming an illustrator could be the perfect option for you. Many people work on a freelance basis when they are going down this particular path, and they are likely to specialise in one particular area of illustration in order to maximise their chances of success. Of course, this is a challenging route to go down and there are no guarantees, but one that could be very fulfilling if you have this passion. Another option is to be a tattoo artist for which you would need a tattoo machine. This is generally an easier path to go down.
With countless job opportunities available, graphic designer is the career path that many people choose to go down with an art degree or equivalent. Essentially, you need to be skilled at working to a particular brief, but still have the creativity to come up with a range of different concepts and ideas. You need to be adept at using a range of computer-based programs like Photoshop as this is where a big proportion of the job will be based.
If you still like the idea of being closely involved in the art world, but in a more organisational capacity, becoming an arts administrator could be the ideal option for you. In this role, you would be involved in the planning and execution of various arts-based activities. This would be perfect if you are looking to further develop your other more traditional skills as well as your creative side at the same time.
If the idea of nurturing young minds and encouraging them to follow their passion in art appeals to you, becoming a teacher or a lecturer could be the perfect option for you. You will need to take part in further training after the completion of your art course, but many people find this to be a very rewarding path to go down. If you like the idea of conducting your own research and bringing out your own papers and books, becoming a lecturer could be the path for you.
The jump between art and photography doesn’t have to be a big one, but there are plenty of opportunities for people who have good skills and are willing to work hard in their artform. Like illustration that we talked about at the start, it is challenging to break through and make a name for yourself, but the rewards are there to be reaped for the people who work hard and have that slice of talent.
These five diverse job roles show that a degree in art has numerous paths that you could venture down and not just a single one.