6 Amazing Careers You Can Get With Your Art Degree

Updated on November 18, 2018
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Poppy lives near Tokyo and likes to read novels and play video games, especially fantasy RPGs.

Choosing a degree at university is a choice not to be taken lightly. Many parents encourage their sons and daughters to pursue studies in courses that promise a clear pathway to a great career, such as medicine or engineering, in order to guarantee that their studies will lead to something profitable. Although many people do choose to study art, it is often met with disdain from others.

I, too, heard that studying things like art and philosophy was a "pointless" venture and that I would be better suited to studying something "worthwhile". I enjoyed art in high school, but decided that there was no way I was going to study art at university.

However, an art degree teaches a lot of skills that are incredibly useful for a number of career paths. Here are six amazing careers you can get with the things you learn from an art degree.


1. Animation and Special Effects

In art school, you'll no doubt learn about how to draw people, beasts, and objects. With animation, you develop your own drawing skills and adapt animals and humans to your own personal style (within reason). You also learn how to turn a 2D drawing into a 3D moving image.

So what's so useless about being able to develop your skills and become an animation artist? Companies all over the world need people to help make cartoons, 3D animations, and special effects for their productions. Disney, Dreamworks, and Universal Studios have some of the most talented artists and animators in the world. With skills gained at art school, you could aim for a career in animation, SFX, and character design.

2. Costume Designer

If animation isn't your thing, there is also demand for artists with a creative flair. If you're also interested in fashion and history, a career in costume design could be for you.

In every movie and TV show, a lot of thought goes into the costumes. This doesn't only include the main characters, but extras and smaller characters too. Even if they only get a couple of seconds of screen time, their costume is still vital to remain true to the story and the world in which it takes place.

If you enjoy designing clothes, then why not pursue an artful career in costume design? This could be for a movie studio, TV producer, or theatre. You'll get to meet many talented actors, too!


3. Make-Up Artist

Whenever you watch a movie or a TV show, there is always a huge amount of make-up involved, whether it's a horror, science-fiction, or comedy drama. A make-up artist's responsibilities fall on the following:

  • Hairstyles
  • Every day make-up
  • Wounds and scars
  • Sick or tired characters

Talented make-up artists are always needed to bring the concept that the writer or director has in mind to life. You do need to have a little medical knowledge if you want to paint wounds, scars, or skin colour or disfiguration. You could train to be a make-up artist and use your creative talents to paint the faces of big stars one day!


4. Video Game Artist

The video game industry is worth more than the music and the movie industries and with developing technology, only promises to get bigger and more lucrative. If you love games and are interested in design, a career in game development might be for you.

There are programmers, producers, and designers in a game team and they need artists to:

  • Draw characters according to the designer's requests
  • Make landscapes and landscape items such as trees, houses, and more
  • Draw items, weapons, and clothing
  • Animate it into 3D (technical artist)

An artist brings the game designers' ideas to life and is an essential part of the team. A career in game design is a great thing to pursue if you're interested in game design and development.

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5. A Freelance Logo Designer

Logos and mascots may look simple, but they are almost always designed by a professional artist who knows what colours and shapes catch people's eye and stick in their memory.

Working as a designer for logos can be lucrative if you do it right. If you have an understanding of human psychology and the type of simple design that people can remember, this might be the right path for you.


6. A Commission Artist

If you're the sort of person who would love to work from home, commission art is a fantastic path to take. You'll need some skills with social media as well so you can attract a following, and a Patron account for your biggest fans doesn't hurt either.

Being a commission artist involves drawing pictures or cartoons in a specific way that some people describe. There can be some strange requests out there, so a strong stomach is a bonus! Some people earn hundreds or even thousands a week doing what they do, so if you're skilled with creating original digital pictures, it is definitely something to consider.

For further information on getting started as a commission artist, check out this helpful video below.

No degree is useless if you pick up the skills you want to pursue the career of your choice. If you're interested in studying a specific art branch at university but you don't want to be an art teacher, there are still plenty of things you can do with your acquired skills. Never let someone tell you that an art degree is worthless!

Are any of these career paths interesting for you? Which do you think you'll pursue?

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2017 Poppy


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    • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thank you for your comment :) by the way, I love the rain too!

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      2 years ago from Untited States

      Great ways to get use your art degree.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      2 years ago from USA

      I'm sure this provides a lot of gifted art students with reassurance that there is employment to be found with an art degree.

    • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thank you so much for commenting :)

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      Angel Guzman 

      2 years ago from Joliet, Illinois

      Great way to reassure those interested in the arts! :)


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