Get Creative with Art Related Careers

Art is a broad field with many different disciplines and mediums for creating. Careers in art include everything from painting to music, performing arts to industrial design and so many more! Below is a brief overview of different art related career paths to explore along with additional information about how designers, performers, fine artists, and musicians alike can unlock their creativity through different career paths.

Art Therapist: 

Art therapists use the medium of art to facilitate expressive communication on the part of their clients. Typically, art therapists are licensed as psychologists, counselors or therapists and use varying mediums of art based on their specialties and preferences with their clients. An art therapist will help patients choose forms of art that best suits them and work with the client to express themselves through their art. When a patient finishes a piece of art, an art therapist will usually discuss the piece and what it means with the patient. Additional information about art therapy can be found here.

Product Design: 

Think about your favorite products  or the products that are near you right now. The laptop or phone your reading this on, the water bottle you use, the light in your room. Every product needs a designer than can take an idea and make is a reality. A product designer used information about a new product, including its use, target market, and functionality, and creates mock-ups of what the actual product will look like. Product design jobs vary based on the company and the product(s) therefore, the education, skill and talent requirements will differ. Additional information about product designers can be found here.

Medical illustration/animation:

Medical animations and illustrations are commonly used in the healthcare industry as teaching aids to train doctors and nurses, or as visual aids to educate patients and the public. Medical illustration/animation is a specialized and technical field combining art and science.  The medical field offers illustrators a variety of career opportunities both in the public and private sector; working in industries such as research, healthcare, education, law, and for any number of business and corporate entities. Additional information about Medical illustration can be found here.

Looking for other art and art related careers? Check out The Art Career Project for additional information and resources about careers including: Exhibit Design, Art Education, Portrait Art, Screen Printing, Logo Design, Audio Engineering, and so many more!


By Cassie Spencer
Cassie Spencer Assistant Director, Internship and Career Education Cassie Spencer