Careers in the Arts

By receiving a comprehensive training in the visual arts within the context of a liberal arts education, students are encouraged to master the various avenues of creative investigation and learning within the department as well as in other departments of the College and the University at large. Each student is given the tools of professionalization in a variety of different areas while immersed in the rich diversity of cultural and research opportunities offered by the University as a whole--thereby able to progress from fundamentals to creative and intellectual maturity.
Wayne State University has been training artists and designers for more than 90 years and art historians for more than 70. That's why the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History's award-winning graduates are working today in a wide range of occupations related to the various areas of concentration.  
The mission of the college is the integration of theory and practice through the creation, discovery, preservation and transmission of knowledge in the fine, performing and communication arts.


We encourage students to read the Art Department's Career Syllabus. This was created to assist students with developing an educational plan that is consistent with their career goals. 
Visit each Curriculum page for more information on potential careers in each field. 

Professional Organizations

Professional organizations offer information on a variety of relevant topics: job postings, events and conferences, networking, exhibition and research opportunities, competitions, current trends and benchmarking on national and international levels.  We recommnend that our students become active participants in order to enhance their personal and professional development. Here are some examples:

WSU Career Services Office

The Career Services Office assists WSU students with resume writing, interviewing skills, internship assistance, and much more. Career Services will educate students and alumni and connect them with the employment community to ensure successful transitions from academia to the workforce. We recommend students to contact the office prior to visiting the office to ensure that walk-in appointments are available. 

Claire Cisco, BA Design and Merchandising (Winter 2019) found an internship at Carhartt through Handshake, WSU's career service tool for students in June of 2018. Her internship was scheduled to end that August, but her term was extended. She is now contracted as the retail merchandising intern for direct to consumer products. Claire now controls the personal protective equipment, fire resistant, and high visability clothing category and is making the buying plans and assortments for Spring 2020. Claire has also worked at Vera Bradley and other retail stores. See more on Claire here.