How to Use My Bachelor's Degree in Art

Your passion  will pay off with persistence.
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You may hear from well-meaning naysayers that you can’t do anything with an art degree, and that you should invest in something more practical -- such as accounting or business management. In reality, there are plenty of opportunities to put your bachelor’s degree to good, practical use while staying true to your passion and maybe even enjoying the college experience.

Step 1

Develop a technical skill that coincides with your major. For example, if you learn photography, the arts degree can open doors to a photography studio position or a job at a magazine or ad agency. Learn how to sew and bring your degree to a fashion house, or get really good with design software so that you can create websites for clients who don't have an artistic bent.

Step 2

Land an internship at a museum or gallery. You can work as a curator, dealer or art collection manager after getting some hands-on experience. Use your degree as an entry into the world of art sales and become an agent for artists, manage a gallery, or even open your own shop.

Step 3

Write for the school paper while you’re still in college to get clips you can use when you apply for work as an art critic or journalist covering the arts. Magazines and local newspapers often use freelancers to cover the arts, so pitch story ideas to the editors. The professional clips will add to your credibility when you graduate and look for a position with a magazine or newspaper.

Step 4

Go commercial and get into advertising. Graphic artists, copy writers and illustrators all play roles in developing ad copy. You can land work with a marketing agency, advertising shop or even do freelance work directly for clients or agencies.

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