Careers and Industry

Careers and Industry

Art Careers and Industry

Careers in Studio Arts
Careers in Studio Arts

Our internship network is growing all the time, thanks to the help of our Career Services center, an involved and well-networked faculty, and the tenacity and hard work of students like you. We want to make sure that you get hands-on professional experience before you leave campus. For BFA students, internships are a requirement of graduation – which means your internship is a promise, not a stroke of luck. Art students have worked for private art galleries, museums, contemporary art spaces, community art collectives, art journals, and art festivals, with world-renowned artists on personal artwork, and more. It’s all about achieving real, relevant experience before you hit the streets. SFUAD gives you all the tools you need to start your art career.

Studio Arts Careers List:

  • Art Director / Critic
  • Administration / Curator
  • Conservation / Restoration / Preservation
  • Collections Management
  • Exhibit Design / Preparation
  • Archive Management
  • Education
  • Publication
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking
  • Weaving
  • Art Appraiser / Dealer
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Arts Program Director
  • Set Designer
  • Sketch Artist

Where to get a job in Studio Arts:

  • Art Museums: Public and Private
  • Archives
  • Historical Societies / Sites
  • Natural / Living History Museums
  • Galleries / Studios
  • School and Community Programs
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Local, State, and Federal Government
  • In-House Corporations
  • Marketing / Advertising Agencies
  • Freelance / Self-Employed
  • Newspapers / Magazines
  • Media Outlets
  • Animation Studios
  • Film / Television Studios
  • Software Firms


Every year, the Studio Art department brings in professionals and artists from across the industry. Here’s a sampling of individuals who have visited in the past few years, and worked directly with art students:

  • BukueOne (socially-active musician, graffiti artist)
  • Cody Berry (Illustrator, writer, Class of 2010)
  • Harmony Hammond (Renowned Artist and writer, pioneer in feminist art community)
  • Jeremy Thomas (sculptor specializing in works of molded steel)
  • Maureen Burdock (award-winning feminist artist, graphic novelist and illustrator)
  • Michelle Blade (award-winning and extensively exhibited painter, installation artist)
  • Nic Nicosia (Conceptual artist who photographs staged, otherworldly scenes)
  • Peter Sarkisian (artist, filmmaker, known for works that combine sculpture and video projection)