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What can you do with an art degree?

By the year 2012, Oregon will enjoy 17.8% growth in art related jobs.

Two-thirds of the art job categories listed in “Occupational Employment Projections 2002-2012,” published by the Oregon Employment Department, require a Bachelor’s degree as minimum education and require a Bachelor’s degree plus work experience, or else a Master’s degree, to be competitive.

The U.S. Department of Labor reiterates the need for an increase of

qualified artists in the nationwide workforce.

  • “Occupational Employment Projections to 2012,” published in the February 2004 Monthly Labor Review,predicts a 16.1% growth in art and design occupations.
  • This represents 245,000 total art job openings due to growth and net replacements from 2002-2012.
  • The forecast estimates 84,000 of these art related jobs require skills specific to the specialty areas listed in the proposed BFA: graphic fine art fields will grow by 16.5%.

We live in an age when visual communication is acknowledged to be a core component in transmitting and receiving information.

  • Visual communication crosses verbal language barriers, and is used in every culture throughout the world. The U.S. Department of Labor statistics listed above confirm the growing need for visually literate employees working in art and design occupations.

BA/BS and BFA graduates from WOU pursue gratifying art and design careers in the following fields:

Arts Education

  • K-12
  • community college
  • university level professor
  • consultant

Brand Experience

  • brand design
  • brand identity
  • brand management
  • brand strategy
  • package design
  • advertising
  • marketing

Experience Design

  • interactive and web design
  • information architecture
  • information design
  • interactive data visualization
  • interaction design
  • games design
  • interface design (software and hardware)
  • interactive television
  • virtual reality
  • web interface design
  • web interface development

Fine Art

  • gallery represented/commissioned artist
  • sculptor
  • painter
  • ceramist
  • printmaker
  • performance artist
  • installation artist
  • environmental artist
  • earth artist

Fine Art Technician

  • mould making
  • bronze casting
  • fine arts edition printer (printmaking)
  • offset printer

Graphic Design

  • annual reports
  • book design
  • brochures
  • catalogs
  • posters
  • publications and editorial
  • type design
  • corporate reports

Identity Design

  • corporate identity
  • public relations
  • strategic design


  • medical
  • courtroom
  • editorial
  • fashion
  • police
  • product
  • technical
  • botanical
  • scientific
  • greeting cards
  • story board
  • book illustration
  • computerized illustration


  • art director
  • corporate design
  • manager
  • studio manager
  • production manager
  • project manager
  • business manager
  • business development


  • restoration
  • curating
  • art marketing
  • education
  • public arts
  • research
  • appraisers
  • gallery owner
  • exhibit installation

Planning and strategy

  • communications strategy
  • design strategy
  • experience strategy
  • product strategy


  • editorial
  • fine arts
  • journalistic
  • stock


  • animation
  • sound
  • video
  • computer editing
  • storyboarding
  • art direction

3D Design

  • industrial design
  • environmental design
  • exhibition design
  • product design
  • interior design
  • retail interior design


Art Department 503-838-8000 | or e-mail: art@wou.edu

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