Art and Visual Culture Department

Careers in art & visual culture

Careers for Integrated Studio Arts (fine arts) graduates are available in private and corporate practice. Our alumni find employment with local frame shops and jewelers; national corporations such as Hallmark Cards, Inc., Sticks, Inc., and Meredith Corporation; as well as art organizations such as the Octagon Center for the Arts and Walker Art Center.

The following career paths reflect specific positions/fields pursued by recent Integrated Studio Arts graduates from Iowa State University, and do not represent a comprehensive list of the possible career choices available to someone with an ISA degree. Please note that some careers require additional education beyond the bachelor's degree.

  • Art preservation, restoration and exhibition (requires additional education)
  • Art therapy (requires additional education)
  • Book and magazine illustration
  • Cartooning
  • Computer animation
  • Community art center administration and instruction
  • Display designer
  • Gallery director
  • Movie, theater or television set design
  • Museum staff: archivist, curator, conservator, director (requires additional education)
  • Packaging design
  • Photography
  • Photo stylist
  • Studio art
  • University or college teaching, research and administration (requires additional education)