Fine Arts

What it Takes:

  • Your job search arsenal includes web and print portfolios, resume, and business cards.
  • Explore career paths early on. Decide which direction you want your degree to take you.
  • Document your work. Learn how to professionally photograph your installations, or take advantage of photo documentation services at the Portfolio Center.
  • Create a website to promote yourself as an artist.
  • If you are applying to jobs outside of fine arts, be sure to have a separate version of your resume.
  • Seek opportunities to exhibit and sell your work.

On the Web:

Chicago Artists Resource
Supports Chicago artists through extensive web resources and programming

Chicago Gallery Guide
Gallery news and directory by neighborhood

College Art Association
Resources for teaching at the college level

Writing an Artist’s Statement

Art Therapy Association
Information about the career path, and a directory of graduate programs in art therapy.

National Art Education Association
Information on teaching art in a variety of settings

National Portfolio Day
A must for students interested in MFA programs. Representatives from across the US come in to look at student work.

At Columbia:

Art & Design Internships

Library Research Guide