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!
Private and Public Building Design
Art In Crafts Media
Metal Work and Jewelry
Book Arts and Book-binding
Textiles and Fiber Arts
Wood-working and Furniture Design
Fashion and Textile Design
Rare Book Conservation
Art Reference Librarian
Health Care Communication Design
Keleigh Lee Osborn
Beth Ann Short ’90
Museum and Gallery
Layout and Pre-press Production
Marketing and Advertising Design
Corporate Communication Design
Television, Movie and Multi=Media Design
Children’s Book /Textbook Illustration
Public and Private Classroom Teaching