Art and Design Career Guide

Consider joining the Communication and the Arts Career Community or any other Career Community you are interested in!

Past Internship Sites:

  • Field & Fire Cafe
  • Grand Rapids Drive
  • Uproar Communications
  • The Image Shoppe
  • Tekton
  • Refined Ideas
  • Craft-Revival Jewelers
  • ArtPrize
  • Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
  • Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities

Where Alumni Have Landed

  • Elementary Art Teacher – Rockford Public Schools
  • Development Associate – Acton Institute
  • Study Abroad Outreach Coordinator – Grand Valley State University
  • Art Director – Extra Credit Projects
  • Founder & Principal – Spring Forward Communications
  • Design Director – brightly
  • Social Media and Marketing Specialist– Reserve
  • Merchandiser – DAFC of Imex Pan Pacific
  • Director of Admission Services– Kendall School of Design
  • Vice President – Redeeming Grace Ministries
  • Graphic Designer – Tekton
  • Graduate Student, Art Therapy – Wayne State University
  • Creative Services Manager – Go Team Blue
  • Associate Director of Events and Conferences– Hope College
  • Director of Regional Sales – Zales Fine Jewelry
  • Author/Illustrator/Puppeteer– West Michigan
  • Project Coordinator – West Michigan Arts Council
  • Painter – Saugatuck, MI
  • Curriculum Director – Healing Arts for Youth

Student Organizations to Consider

  • Animators Guilde
  • AIGA: Grand Valley
  • The Lanthorn
  • Fish Ladder
  • Ad Club
  • Student Interest Group for Illustrators

Study Abroad Programs

Whether you want to focus your art on architecture, experimental, landscapes or still-life, studying abroad can instill a sense of independence and self-awareness that is critical to any budding artist. Keep on the lookout for artistic connections, you never know who might let you do an artist residency later on in life.

Develop some of these technical and professional competencies to be successful:

  • Technical problem solving
  • Design
  • Attention to detail
  • Comfort adapting content for different audience and users
  • Understanding rules of perspective
  • Technical computer skills such as drafting and graphic design
  • Creativity and curiosity
  • Ability to manage a project from concept to completion

Graduate & Professional Programs

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Page last modified December 12, 2022