Careers in the Arts

Forge your own path as an artist. Explore some of the many careers an arts major can pursue.

Work in film, TV, commercials, theatre, theme parks, etc. Salary can be highly variable. Grad school can be helpful but is not necessary.
Field of Study: Film/Theatre
Related Link: Onstage Blog

Produce images that appear to come to life on screen. Their work is found in feature films, commercials, pop videos, computer games, websites and other media
Field of Study: Film
Related Link: Walt Disney Animation Studios

Art Collection Inventory Specialist
The Art Museum Collections Specialist is responsible for the day-to-day oversight and preservation of the objects of the museum collection.
Field of Study: Arts Admin

Art Museum Curator
Curators (sometimes referred to as archivists in libraries) collect, exhibit, interpret, maintain, and protect objects of historical and aesthetic importance primarily in museums, libraries, and private collections. Curators are responsible for the safety and proper presentation of the works.
Field of Study: Arts Admin
Related Link: The Princeton Review

Artistic Director, Regional Theatre
The artistic director is responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing the artistic vision and focus of a theatre company. The artistic director typically reports to the chief administrative officer, although in some companies, the two positions are combined into one. Field of Study: Theatre
Related Link: AACT

Associate Producer
Often referred to as the 'AP', an Associate Producer generally assists the producer in putting the TV program or film together. Duties may include writing, editing, organizing scripts, running the teleprompter in news casts, or helping the editor by making beat calls.
Field of Study: Film/TV

Casting Director
Casting Directors organize and facilitate the casting of actors for all the roles in a film. This involves working closely with the director and producer to understand their requirements, and suggesting ideal artists for each role, as well as arranging and conducting interviews and auditions.
Field of Study: Film/TV

Costume Designer
A costume designer is a person who designs costumes for a film, stage production or television. The role of the costume designer is to create the characters' outfits/costumes and balance the scenes with texture and colour, etc.
Field of Study: Film/Theatre

Curatorial Assistant
A curatorial assistant assists the main curator in whatever tasks are necessary - common for curatorial assistants to be continuing their studies as they work.
Field of Study: Arts Admin

Director, Arts Engagement
Responsible for the management and supervision of all engagement programming and staff. Creates and facilitates educational curriculum, programming, and materials for all ages, works on audience engagement for programming, etc
Field of Study: Arts Admin

Director, Film
They work alongside each and every member of the film production team, from the actors and producers to the lighting technicians and camera operators. The style, the pace and the impact of a film is dictated by the director. They oversee everything, from casting and set design to lighting and editing.
Field of Study: Film

Director, Theater
Theater directors hold auditions to select the acting cast members. They collaborate with the technical crew, which may consist of lighting, sound, set and costume designers. The director blocks the play by adapting the actor movements to workable floor plans on the set.
Field of Study: Theatre

Executive Assistant
Very general position but often necessary to grow a career in many arts fields. Important to learn from experienced leaders in field, be it Music or Theatre or Film.
Field of Study: Music/Film/Theatre/Admin

Film Archivist
Film archivists locate original materials produced in a variety of formats, including photographs, documents, recordings and film. They then preserve these materials in a digital format for long-term storage and preservation.
Field of Study: Film
Related Link: Northeast Historic Film

Graphic Designer
Graphic designers create visual concepts, by hand or using computer software, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.
Field of Study: Graphic Design

Museum Educator
Leader on educational outreach to community and local schools. Necessary to have experience prior working at museums.
Field of Study: Arts Admin

Music Agent
Works with artists to grow their careers; could work at a larger agency (CAA, WME) or smaller set-up. Must be good with people and passionate about making things happen.
Field of Study: Music

Music Teacher
Typical responsibilities of the job include: planning and preparing lessons in relation to individual pupils' needs and examination syllabuses, teaching music theory, aural skills, etc.
Field of Study: Music

Instrumentalist paid to perform in either ensembles or alone; requires extreme dedication to instrument and craft.
Field of Study: Music
Related Link: Bowdoin International Music Fesitval

NFL Films Videographer/Editor
Dedicated to creating content (commercials, promos) for NFL Films. Based in Mount Laurel, NJ.
Field of Study: Film
Related Link: NFL Films

Performing Arts Teacher
The responsibilities of a drama educator may include creating lesson plans,teaching students about plays and the history of drama, assisting students in creating their own dramatic pieces, etc.
Field of Study: Theatre

Production Assistant
Good entry-level position for someone interested in working in film/TV industry. Assist with various needs of the production team, have opportunity to gain exposure and meet a variety of people.
Field of Study: Film

Publicity Assistant
Varies on field (i.e. theatre vs. music vs. film), but key responsibilities include assisting in publicity campaigns and providing support to publicity executives.
Field of Study: Film

Sales Coordinator for an Art Auction House
Work on project teams for important sales specifically to important or unique art - varies based on auction house. Great knowledge of art required.
Field of Study: Arts Admin
Related Link: National Gallery of Art

Write scripts for televison and film. Largely freelance and make your own career. Salary is highly, highly variable.
Field of Study: Film
Related Link: ScreenCraft

Script Supervisor
Good entry-level position for someone interested in working in film/TV industry. They work as part of the camera department to make sure that the production has continuous verbal and visual integrity. They must ensure that when different takes and scenes are finally edited the production does not contain distracting continuity errors.
Field of Study: Film

Technical Director, Theatre
In the theater world, a technical director is a resident technical expert who supervises the activites of all technical departments—from lighting to carpentry—and oversees the use and maintenance of theater equipment.
Field of Study: Theatre

Ticket Services, Theatre
Ticket Services is an important part of an organization charged with being the primary point of contact for the theatre customers.
Field of Study: Theatre/Arts Admin

Vocalist paid to perform in either ensembles or alone; requires extreme dedication to instrument (voice) and craft.
Field of Study: Music