Visual Arts

In addition to creating their own art, Princetonians employed in this field work in design firms, museums, publications, entertainment, education, fashion and more.

You can learn more about this field in the Vault Guide to Visual Arts Jobs

Gaining experience

Seek out coursework and student groups that allow you to build experience with the visual arts disciplines that interest you most. Start to network with alumni working in the arts to learn about their roles and career paths. In addition to providing concrete examples of professional options in the arts, it will start to illustrate skills needed for specific fields. For instance, students interested in videography will need to take the initiative to find opportunities to get hands-on experience with cameras and editing software. 

It is also important to develop a portfolio representing your best work that you can be ready to showcase. 

Princeton resources
Examples of job titles and roles
  • Archivist
  • Art consultant
  • Cinematographer
  • Critic
  • Curator
  • Designer
  • Exhibit designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Interior decorator
  • Sculptor
Professional organizations and associations

Professional organizations and associations are membership-based groups comprised of people working in a similar field. They can be helpful resources for students to learn more about a field, develop connections and discover related opportunities. You can search for related organizations and associations using a database provided by the Princeton University Library.

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