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" Let each man exercise the art he knows."
~ Aristophanes

Students interested in Fine Arts have a variety of exciting courses available to them at WPU. Art Majors have a choice between three quality liberal arts degrees - the Bachelor of Arts in art history, the Bachelor of Arts in studio arts, and the professionally oriented Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio arts. Both studio arts degrees can be combined with the teacher certification program for those interested in becoming certified art educators. The program encourages students to develop as innovative and creative thinkers, while establishing the fundamentals of craft. Individuals with a fine arts background are essential in educational, industrial and various other institutions.

Link to the Art Department:

Admissions information on Art:


What interests and skills do potential employers value in this career?

  • Aesthetics
  • Independence
  • Self-expression and personal fulfillment
  • Creativity
  • Desire to influence others
  • Feel for design and form
  • Imagination
  • Curiosity
  • Dedication
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to adjust to close public scrutiny and criticism

Some careers that Art majors pursue are:

Advertising Designer
Aerial Photographer
Airbrush Artist
Architectural Model Builder
Architectural Renderer
Art Administrator
Art Buyer
Art Conservator
Art Consultant
Art Critic
Art Dealer
Art Director
Art Historian
Art Teacher
Art Therapist
Art Agent
Assistant Curator
Auctioneer Transporter
Audio Visual Artist
Bank Note Designer
Billboard Artist
Book Illustrator
Book Jacket Artist
CAD Designer
Car and Bus Card Artist
Catalog Illustrator
CD/Record Cover Designer
Ceramic Artist
Color Expert
Costume and Mask Designer Courtroom Sketcher
Direct Mail Artist
Direct Mail Layout Designer
Display Artist
Display Designer
Display Painter
Editorial Illustrator
Environmental Designer
Exhibit Designer
Fabric Designer
Fashion Artist/Designer
Floral Designer
Freelance Designer
Forensic Artist
Furniture Designer
Gallery Owner
Glass Blower
Graphic Arts Technician
Greeting Card Artist
Interior Decorator
Internet Homepage Designer
Jewelry Designer
Kitchenware Designer
Label Designer
Landscape Architect
Layout Artist

Magazine Cover Artist
Magazine Designer
Mannequin Decorator
Mechanical Production Artist
Medical Illustrator
Memorial Designer
Millinery Designer
Motion Picture Artist
Motion Picture Scenic Designer
Municipal Graphic Designer
Mural Artist
Museum Artist
Museum Curator
Museum Collections Manager
Newspaper Artist
Newspaper Illustrator
Printing Designer
Printing Layout Artist
Product Designer
Quick Sketch Artist
Set Designer
Silhouette Artist
Silkscreen Artist
Stained Glass Artist
Stencil Cutter
Still Photographer
Textile Designer
Toy Designer
Trademark Designer
Typographical Artist
Upholstery Fabric Designer
Web Designer


Aside from majoring in art, what else can I do that may enhance my qualifications?

Students in the Art major at William Paterson have numerous opportunities to enhance their academic experience. Students can contact the department about internships at galleries, in the media and in the arts. Also, many students find that a study abroad for a cultural reasons and studio experience will enhance their curriculum. Also, many students join the Student Art Association which enables them to meet others in their major with similar interests and career goals.


Related links:

The Guggenheim

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Museum of Modern Art


 Other sources of information :

Please drop by the Career Development and Advisement Center to learn more about careers in art. The career library carries career-specific books and counselors are available to answer any further questions you may have. Visiting the art department may also prove valuable in addressing questions.