Art and Design

What Can I Do With An Art & Design Major

In the “old days,” students graduating with majors in art saw teaching and graphic design as their most obvious career paths. However, rapidly changing digital fields, the growth in public arts programs, and development of web-based galleries have all created many more opportunities for visual arts graduates to make careers in art-related areas. Art is a highly competitive field, yet Alma College students who work seriously to acquire strong creative problem-solving and technical skills find themselves well-prepared to continue to work as artists after graduation.

Alma College Art Alumni are engaged in many different aspects of the visual arts and are often invited back to the College to exhibit their work and to share their experiences with current students. Many of them continue to support the art program through their willingness to communicate with art students who wish to learn more about career paths in Art and Design.

Art Fields and Careers 

This is a partial list of occupations which employ professional artists or require an Art or Art History background. Find links to profiles and web sites for Alma Alumni who work in many of these professions. *Art Department Alums who wish to be added to this list, please contact Carrie Parks-Kirby! 

Architecture
Private and Public Building Design

Scottland Kennard ’88

Landscape Architecture
Historic Preservation
Art In Crafts Media
Metal Work and Jewelry
Papermaking
Book Arts and Book-binding
Ceramics
Textiles and Fiber Arts
Wood-working and Furniture Design
Industrial Design
Product Design
Package Design
Toy Design

Brent Oeschger

Fashion and Textile Design
Game Design
Libraries
Rare Book Conservation
Art Reference Librarian
Archivist 
Medicine
Health Care Communication Design

Keleigh Lee Osborn

Medical Illustration
Art Therapy

Beth Ann Short ’90 

Museum and Gallery
Curation
Conservation
Exhibition Design
Promotional Design
Printing
Graphic Design
Layout and Pre-press Production

Rebecca Miller ’09

Typesetting
Fine Arts
Painting

Lynda Lowe ’75

Pam Wehmeyer Spicer ’79

Beth Siewert Purdy ’01

Sculpture

Mark Beltchenko ’74

Drawing
Printmaking

Susan Goethel Campbell ’79

Michael Barnes ’91

Ceramic Sculpture
Photography

Jeff Huyck ’76

Digital Art
Performance Art
Graphic Design
Marketing and Advertising Design

Shaina Buhl ’11

Corporate Communication Design
Free-lance Design

Pamela Wehmeyer Spicer ’79

Heidi Henke ’00

Exhibit Design
Environmental Graphics
Packaging Design
Art Direction
Book Design
Television, Movie and Multi=Media Design

Peter Johnston

Illustration
Cartooning

Brad Guigar ’91

Animation
Scientific Illustration

Emily Damstra ’97

Fashion Illustration
Children’s Book /Textbook Illustration
Commercial Photography
Studio Photography

Jeff Huyck ’76

Sabrina Jankowski Garvin ’05

John Swise ’05

Portrait Photography
Scientific Photography
Advertising Photography
Journalistic Photography
Wildlife Photography
Teaching
Public and Private Classroom Teaching

Christine Hesch

Elisabeth Wilder

Jo Mollagen-Jaksa

Matt Culver

Junior College, College/University Teaching

Beth Siewert Purdy ’01

Michael Barnes ’91

Supervision of Art Instruction for Public and Private Schools
Administration of Arts Programs
Teaching in Museum Schools and Museum Education 
Theater and Film
Set, Costume, Lighting and Make-up Design

Tina Vivian ’94

Set Construction
Promotional Graphic Design
Animation
Photography
Art Direction