Art + Design Careers + Alumni

What can I do with my degree in Art + Design?

In addition to their creative visual talent, graduates in the fine arts have become equally known for their entrepreneurial skills. From eCommerce websites like Esty, Amazon and Ebay, to social media promotion on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, artists are finding a myriad of avenues to successfully and globally promote and sell their work. And that's just about income from selling one's own work. There's so much more!

Major employers of visual arts graduates

  • All organizations needing graphic design of any kind
  • Government or private museums and galleries
  • Auction houses
  • Photography studios 
  • Public and private art schools
  • Arts councils 
  • Advertising agencies
  • Media production and publication companies

Where are Blugold art and design grads working? Examples:

  • Associate professor, University of Montevallo
  • Art director, Curb Crowser Design, MSP
  • Designer, Worrell Design, MSP
  • Senior art director, Best Buy Corporation, MSP
  • Art director, Target Corporation, MSP
  • Senior art director, Ulta Creative Inc., MSP
  • Gallery Assistant, Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
  • Assistant professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Bad Weather Brewing Mural

Brewing up artistic ideas

Illustration alumnus Lucas Gluesenkamp shares his experience on creating art for a regional brewing company.

Brewing up artistic ideas
Graphic deign alumna Janel Scott

Bringing her best to Best Buy

Graphic design alumna Janel Scott '03, has enjoyed a long and successful career at Best Buy Corporation, making several job changes and currently serving as a marketing manager. Read her Q&A interview to hear how her job path has grown and changed.

Designing her own career path

It's much more than a profession or career, being an artist is a life. One must be prepared to engage in the work in a very deep way compared to other paths they may take. Art & Design at UWEC helped me to understand that in a fundamental way — they encouraged my passion for both art and teaching and aimed to expose me to what it truly means to be a contemporary working artist.

Sara Black, '01 B.F.A., professor of sculpture
Ryan Young

The power of AND in action

Communications and journalism student Riley Faehling writes about fellow student Ryan Young, telling how Ryan is both a ceramics creator AND a marketing master.

Passions for business AND art

Alumni + Foundation

After Blugolds leave campus, they continue to impress us. Whether it be obtaining an awesome career, serving our community, or just doing something awesome. Read about what our alumni are up to.

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