From art director to museum curator, there are countless career paths that will allow you to flex your creative muscles and build a professional career.


Businesses and organizations rely on art directors and graphic designers to generate interest in products and services through eye-catching advertising, and guide the overall visual style of marketing campaigns. From a full page advertisement in a glossy magazine to the lighted billboards strewn throughout Times Square, your Art degree can be highly valued in a business environment. 

You could also become an industrial designer and develop concepts for the next big product to grace store shelves, or an interior designer with an architectural or engineering firm. 


Many additional opportunities exist in the exciting and diverse entertainment field. In addition to jobs such as set design and makeup, your artistic talents can land you in a role creating the animation for the next big blockbuster movie or video game. 

Career Highlights





projected job growth for graphic designers between 2021-2031 (a little lower than average)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

of graphic designers work in advertising, public relations, and related services

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

projected job growth for industrial designers between 2021-2031 (a little lower than average)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

of industrial designers work in manufacturing

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


An Elmira College Art degree has opened doors for graduates with many organizations, such as:

  • Westside Cultural Center
  • Spa Fine Art
  • Smith College
  • Showtime Networks
  • Rochester City School District
  • Presence Learning
  • Oneonta Middle School
  • Oakfield-Alabama Central School District
  • Attica School District
  • National Broadcasting Company
  • Lakeshore Learning Materials
  • Gardner Road School
  • EverPresent
  • Cumberland Head Elementary School
  • Aucocisco Galleries
  • 171 Cedar Arts Center
  • Aicon Gallery

Our alumni have worked in the positions of graphic designer, gallery assistant director, director (discovery, access, digital engagement), art teacher, senior visual designer, illustrator, producer/editor, gallery manager, program manager, and more. 


The Office of Career Services can help you turn your education from Elmira College into a career.


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