So what do you do with a bachelor in Fine Arts?

There is a long-held idea that a qualification in the arts leads to lack of opportunities, be they employment opportunities or opportunities related to skills. Yet fine arts degree graduates also have options with what they can do

Further your studies

As with any study area, post-graduate qualification both bolster and refine knowledge gained in undergrad school as well as increase the chances of one gaining better paying assignments. An added advantage of studying further is that you can possibly find yourself work as a lecturer in a university or college. This comes with perks and stability. You could also end up working as a researcher within tertiary institutions or other organisations looking deeper at the history of art and its role in contemporary society, for example


High school pupils interested in pursuing a career in the fine arts need a teacher who is passionate about the subject for them to be encouraged to pursue the career. The pupils will also need a teacher who can actually tell them what it’s like to study art and the different options that they will have before them. A fine art degree can equip you to have the theoretical knowledge about art and the practical knowledge to introduce students to techniques and working within different media.

Art therapy

Art therapy uses techniques, creative processes and materials employed in art to improve and/or enhance a person’s spiritual, psychological and emotional wellbeing. This form of therapy is primarily a mental health profession so some education in human development, psychology and psychological theories is often mandatory. However, this therapist needs to have a strong understanding and ability to interpret visual codes into emotional messages. A degree in fine art, in addition to a deep knowledge or education in the human mind can set the therapist apart from the herd


If you come out of art school with a diverse enough portfolio, you can land a job in advertising. While an art qualification is not essential to work in advertising, it can give you an added advantage to land a job in visual communication. The graduate would start off as an intern in the creative or art department and, if she is ambitious enough, could rise up the ranks to art director or at the head of an agency. This kind of work also demands the graduate to be adept at using computer drawing programs and willingness to work long hours.

Exhibition design

Exhibition design is the creation of spaces to turn organisations’ and people’s ideas into compelling displays. This is typically done at expos, trade fairs, museums and the like. This area is not exclusive to art graduate and often appeals to those with a background in interior, industrial and graphic design. The exhibition designer would typically work closely together with the curator to determine what can be accomplished by using existing resources. Some tasks that would fall on this individual include consideration of where certain objects need to be displayed, drawing up plans for the erection of exhibition structures and extensive communication with other stakeholders.


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