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What Can I Do With A Major In Art ?

Art can be considered the process or product of arranging elements in a way to affect the senses or emotions. It encompasses a diverse spectrum of human activities, creations, and modes of expression, including ceramics, design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture, as well as art history.

In the Department of Art, academic experiences are intended to broaden individual talent and artistic abilities; stimulate creative processes; develop skills needed to accomplish career objectives as practicing art professionals or art educators; and afford opportunities to work with dynamic, energetic faculty members who are also active, exhibiting artists. Study options also exist in new media arts, mural painting, and other new genres. Both conceptual and technical excellence is stressed within a curriculum that encourages diverse forms of creative expression.

The Department of Art faculty combines a commitment to teaching with a dynamic program of professional activities in the local area, throughout the state of Connecticut, in other regions of the U.S., and abroad. Professional participation includes solo and group exhibitions, conference presentations, and grant receipt and operation, as well as consulting.

Visit CCSU’s Art Department webpage here.

Sample of Related Occupations


Art Appraiser

Art Director

Art Teacher



Computer Animator

Copy Writer



Fashion Illustrator

Film Editor

Film Producer


Freelance Artist

Industrial Designer

Interior Designer


Motion Picture Photographer





Sign Painter

For additional information on each occupation or any others you may be considering, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a nationally recognized source of career information, put together by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Professional Associations & Additional Career Information

All Art

American Association of Museums

American Institute of Graphic Arts

American Society of Artists

Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design

Association of Medical Illustrators

College Art Association

Connecticut Art Education Association

Industrial Designers Society of America

National Art Education Association

National Cartoonists Society

National Endowment for the Arts

National Press Photographers Association

Professional Photographers of America

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators

Society of Illustrators

U.S. Museums Database

Visual Arts Career Guide

World Wide Art Resources

Internships, Co-ops and Employment Opportunities

Art majors may find experiential opportunities or employment in a number of areas depending on your skills, abilities and experience. Career-related internships and co-op placements are a great avenue to establishing yourself as a qualified candidate for full-time, professional-level career opportunities after graduation.

The following list of employers and job titles shows opportunities where the employer was specifically looking for art majors. This list is meant to be a resource for further career-related investigation and DOES NOT REFLECT current openings. To look for current openings, please visit College Central Network, CCSU's online job, internship, and co-op database, on the Career Success Center website here.

Connecticut Historical Society Museum - Graphics Collection Internship

ESF, Inc. - Art Specialist

NBC 30 - Graphic Design Internship

NFP Sports, LLC - Marketing Internship

Nutmeg Public Access TV - TV Production Internship