Real Jobs for Real Majors: What Can I do with a Major in Visual Arts (Including Art, Art History, Photography, or Film Studies)?

Real jobs for college graduates who major in visual arts — art, art history, photography, or film studies.

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Explore your career choices in this section of Quintessential Careers, which provides you with real job titles and careers that correspond with specific college majors. While your degree is important, so too is what you major in while in college.

Job titles for graduates with art, art history, photography, or film studies degrees:

  • Advertising Artist/Illustrator
  • Animator
  • Antiques Dealer
  • Art Acquisition Specialist
  • Art Administrator
  • Art Agent
  • Art Foundry Technician
  • Art Instructor
  • Art Librarian
  • Art Preservationist
  • Art Therapist
  • Book Designer
  • Camera Operator
  • Cartoonist
  • Casting Assistant Director
  • Corporate Curator
  • Estate Appraiser
  • Film Critic
  • Filmmaker
  • Film Restoration Artist
  • Freelance Artist
  • Gallery/Museum Curator
  • Greeting Card Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Industrial Designer
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Journalistic Artist
  • Painter
  • Photographer
  • Photographer Assistant
  • Photojournalist
  • Post Production Coordinator
  • Potter
  • Production Assistant
  • Program Assistant
  • Prop Maker
  • Script Editorial Assistant
  • Sculptor
  • Set designer
  • Sound & Special Effects Specialist
  • Story Editor
  • Talent Agent
  • Tattoo Artist
  • Technical Illustrator

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