Careers in the arts encompass a broad range of disciplines. These include but are not limited to performing arts (theater, music, and dance); fine and visual arts (art practice, museum work, and arts administration); literary arts (creative writing, publishing); entertainment (film, television, new media); architecture and design; and arts education. Artistic careers require a great amount of training, experience, and passion. When pursuing a career in the arts, it is important for students to become involved in their surrounding arts community, to keep in touch with their arts faculty and staff, and to develop extensive professional contacts in their field.
The entertainment industry includes everything from the large scale productions to independent work. A lot of attention and publicity is given to the “above the line” careers such as directing, producing, writing, and acting, but just as many career opportunities are available within support industries like post-production, entertainment law, talent representation, public relations and marketing, and social media.
Museums are educational organizations that collect, preserve, and present important artifacts and/or works of art for the public to view and study. Arts Administration handles the business component of the performing, visual, literary, and cultural arts and facilitates connections between artists and audiences.