McComsey Career Development Center
Information for Artists

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EACE Stanley Shuman Grant Project: Visual Arts Skill Sets

Sponsored by Alfred University and the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers

Visual arts students have a wide range of art-related and general transferable skills that need to be listed on resumes and cover letters, and clearly identified as career-related skills.

  • Develop a great art resume, or a Technical Skills addendum to your existing resume.
  • Educate yourself about the wide range of materials, processes, and skill sets to which working artists in your field are exposed.
  • Research appropriate employers and conduct keyword searches on job search websites.

Individual Visual Arts Skills and Possible Areas of Concentration:

Animation
Architecture
Art Criticism/Theory
Art Curatorship/
Museum Studies

Art Education
Art History
Art Therapy
Book Arts
Calligraphy
Ceramics/Pottery
Drawing/Painting
Fashion Design
Fibers/Textiles
Film/Video
Framing
Glass
Graphic Design
(including web design)
Illustration
Industrial Design
Interior Design
Jewelry Design
Lighting Design
Neon
Performance Art
Photography
Printmaking
Puppetry
Restoration and Conservation
Sculpture : Metal - Plastics - Stone - Wood
Sound/Sonic Arts
Technical Theatre/
Theatre Arts

General Studio and Transferable Skills

Advice from Working Artists and Employers