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Careers for Art and Design Education Graduates

The Art and Design Education major has special characteristics that will make you a valuable addition to prospective employers:

  • Creativity and the ability to innovative
  • Capacity to work independently with little direction
  • Ability to collaborate across a variety of disciplines and communities
  • Strong time management, organizational, problem-solving and communication skills
  • Familiarity with numerous art mediums, artist and designers
  • Critical thinking, critical analysis and observational skills
  • Knowledge of teaching methods, developmental theories and educational techniques
  • Capability to integrate latest technology/digital media into the classroom and other worksites
  • Openness and appreciation of cultures other than one’s own

Common job titles for Art and Design Education Graduates

  • Artist
  • Art and Design Director
  • Art and Design Educator
  • Arts Administrator
  • Art Therapist
  • Cartoonist
  • Community Arts Educator
  • Corporate Art Collector
  • Craftsperson
  • Creative Arts Therapist
  • Curator
  • Designer
  • Digital Artist
  • Digital Film Editor
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Events Planner
  • Exhibition Coordinator
  • Film/Videographer
  • Fine Artist
  • Gallery Manager
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Interior Decorator
  • Make-Up Artist
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Muralist
  • Museum Educator
  • Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Police Sketch Artist
  • Researcher
  • Set Designer
  • Social Activist
  • Special Needs Educator
  • Summer Art Camp Director
  • Teaching Artist
  • Toy Designer

Job outlook data

College-level art, drama and music teachers held around 99,000 jobs in 2014. High school teachers held around 962,000 jobs, middle school teachers held around 628,000 jobs and elementary school teachers held around 1,520,000 jobs in 2014, the last year for which data are available. From 2014 to 2024, employment is expected to grow by 8 percent for all education, training, and library occupations and by 6 percent for teachers at all levels of study.

An art and design educator works in schools, museums and community organizations with students ranging from pre-school age to adulthood.

Where can I work with this major?

Industries that employ the largest number of art and design education majors include:

  • Public, private and charter school systems
  • Colleges, universities and professional schools
  • Museums
  • Non-profit arts organizations
  • Galleries
  • Arts Administration and management

» Get information about Adelphi’s Art and Design Education Degree Program

Sources: SNAAP and database of Adelphi Art and Design Education graduates 2008-2018.

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