Arts & Humanities

Click on the categories below to help you with identifying possible career destinations, career resources, campus resources, and helpful tips in the Arts and Humanities.

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Art, History, and Museums

Art, History, and Museums

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Campus Resources:

One of the best ways to learn more about a career interest area is to join a campus organization related to your career interest or pursue an academic related internship. Click on the links below to check out the 100's of organizations offered and/or academic internships available at UCSD.

Student Organizations Listing

Internships Offered Through Academic Internship Program

Internship sites:

History & Museums

SAN DIEGO

OUTSIDE SAN DIEGO
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum
Museum of Photographic Arts
San Diego Children's Museum

San Diego History Center
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
San Diego Museum of Art

California Academy of Sciences 
Cartoon Art Museum - Bay Area 
Chicago Historical Society Internships
LA County Museum of Art 
Philadelphia Museum of Art 
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 

 

Art & Theatre

SAN DIEGO OUTSIDE SAN DIEGO

La Jolla Playhouse 
La Jolla Symphony 
Old Globe Theatre
Ros Art Multimedia 
San Diego Performing Arts League
San Diego Creative Directory 
Sushi Performance & Visual Art 

A.E. Schwartz 
American Conservatory Theatre - Bay Area
 
Artist Resource Internship & Volunteer 
Listings
 
Greek Theatre 
Hollywood Bowl 
International Game Developers Association
MASS MoCA
Nike 
San Francisco Opera 
Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts 
Yamaha Corporation

Resources:

  1. http://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/
  2. http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/
  3. http://www.myplan.com/
  4. http://www.theartcareerproject.com/art-as-a-career/

Design and Architecture

Design and Architecture

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Design refers to the planning that lays the groundwork for the making of an object, product or system, consider product design, graphic design, digital, stage/set design, landscape, interior design, etc. The requirements and key activities of a design work will vary from category to category. For example, in an interior designer you might be expected to assist in client presentations, update resources, handle vendor management, assist designers, and participate with design teams. In contrast, a graphic designer you might develop and visualize concepts, design documentation and client presentation, build prototypes and coordinate and liaise with different departments involved in graphic designing.

Designer need to listen, brainstorm, observe, gather insights from your observations, create perspectives, explore and define design opportunities, help define strategy, create tangible design expressions and communicate the essence of these ideas.

Campus Resources:

One of the best ways to learn more about a career interest area is to join a campus organization related to your career interest or pursue an academic related internship. Click on the links below to check out the 100's of organizations offered and/or academic internships available at UCSD.

Student Organizations Listing

Internships Offered Through Academic Internship Program

Resources:

  1. http://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/
  2. http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/
  3. http://www.myplan.com/
  4. http://www.internships.com/design

Music

Department of music exploration page:

Careers in Music

General Information and Strategies (Taken from http://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/major/music/)

  • Majoring in music provides students with a sense of aesthetics and an understanding of human expression valuable to many employers.
  • Develop competencies in business management, computers, marketing, or other areas to broaden range of employment possibilities.
  • Finding positions in the music industry requires a combination of talent, training, connections and some luck. Perseverance is required!
  • Develop a variety of skills. Become “multitalented.”
  • As an undergraduate, gain as much experience as possible, paid or unpaid, through college and local organizations. Seek internships or volunteer positions with relevant organizations.  Audition with local musical groups, choirs, or orchestras.
  • Confidence, personality, a positive attitude, and a love of music are important to success in many arenas of music. Learn basic tools of self-promotion.  Create a YouTube channel and post performance videos.
    Some jobs may require you to join unions or guilds. Research the industry to learn which ones are appropriate.
  • Performers often travel frequently and must be flexible regarding their work schedules.  It is important to consider how this will fit with your work and lifestyle values.
  • Move to a larger city such as Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, or Chicago to find more job opportunities.
  • Conduct information interviews with people who work in the industry.  Attend related professional conferences or events to network.

Campus Resources:

One of the best ways to learn more about a career interest area is to join a campus organization related to your career interest or pursue an academic related internship. Click on the links below to check out the 100's of organizations offered and/or academic internships available at UCSD.

Student Organizations Listing

Internships Offered Through Academic Internship Program

Resources:

  1. http://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/
  2. http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/
  3. http://www.myplan.com/
  4. http://www.onetonline.org/

Philosophy

Philosophy, Religious Studies, Seminary and Divinity School

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Campus Resources:

One of the best ways to learn more about a career interest area is to join a campus organization related to your career interest or pursue an academic related internship. Click on the links below to check out the 100's of organizations offered and/or academic internships available at UCSD.

Student Organizations Listing

Internships Offered Through Academic Internship Program

Resources:

  1. http://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/
  2. http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/
  3. http://www.myplan.com/
  4. http://www.onetonline.org/

General Information and Strategies

  • Religious studies equips students with an understanding of global issues and trends in both historical and contemporary contexts. This understanding of multiculturalism and interculturalism is valued by a wide variety of employers in many industries including education, government, and business.
  • Student who seek international careers may find that religious studies provides a good background in global issues.
  • Many transferable skills such as analyzing and synthesizing data, research, communication skills, and critical thinking are associated with the religious studies degree.
  • People who major in religious studies may or may not consider themselves “religious.” Expertise in religious ideas can be a plus for secular work environments as well as more traditional religious ones.
  • An undergraduate degree prepares students for professional and graduate study in business, law, medicine, counseling, higher education, and other fields. Check for prerequisite classes needed to enter various graduate programs.
  • Obtaining relevant experience through internships or volunteer experiences is critical to finding employment opportunities. Dual majors or minors can also help open the door in some fields.
  • Join relevant organizations and seek leadership roles.

Visual Performing Arts

Visual Performing Arts

Explore Careers

Advertising Artist

Advertising Designer

Aerial Photographer

Airbrush Artist

Animator

Antiques Dealer

Architectural Model Builder

Art Administrator

Art Buyer

Art Conservator

Art Critic

Art Dealer

Art Director

Art Exhibition Coordinator

Art Historian

Art Teacher

Art Therapist

Artist

Assistant Curator

Auctioneer

Audio Visual Artist

Bank Note Designer

Billboard Artist

Book Illustrator

Book Jacket Designer

Bookplate Artist

Business Card Artist

CAD Designer

Calligrapher

Caricaturist

Cartoonist

Catalog Illustrator

CD Cover Designer

Ceramic Artist

Color Expert

Copyist Illustrator

Costume Designer

Courtroom Sketcher

Decorator

Direct Mail Artist

Display Artist/Designer

Drafter

Editorial Illustrator

Engraver

Engrosser

Environmental Designer

Etcher

Exhibit Designer

Fabric Designer

Fashion Designer

Film-maker

Floral Designer

Furniture Designer

Gallery Owner

Glass Blower

Graphic Designer

Graphics Art Technician

Greeting Card Illustrator

Impressionist

Interior Decorator

Internet Web-page Designer

Jewelry Designer

Kitchenware Designer

Label Designer

Layout Artist

Letter Designer

Magazine Cover Artist

Medical Illustrator

Memorial Designer

Millinery Designer

Motion Picture Animator

Motion Picture Artist/Set Designer

Municipal Graphic Designer

Mural Artist

Museum Artist

Newspaper Illustrator

Photojournalist

Printing Designer

Printing Layout Artist

Product Illustrator

Production Artist

Silhouette Artist

Silkscreen Artist

Stained Glass Artist

Stencil Cutter

Still Photographer

Textile Designer

Topographer

Toy Designer

Trademark Designer

Transporter

Urban Designer

Campus Resources:

One of the best ways to learn more about a career interest area is to join a campus organization related to your career interest or pursue an academic related internship. Click on the links below to check out the 100's of organizations offered and/or academic internships available at UCSD.

Student Organizations Listing

Internships Offered Through Academic Internship Program

Resources:

  1. http://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/
  2. http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/
  3. http://www.myplan.com/
  4. http://www.onetonline.org/

Art & Theatre

SAN DIEGO OUTSIDE SAN DIEGO

La Jolla Playhouse 
La Jolla Symphony 
Old Globe Theatre
Ros Art Multimedia 
San Diego Performing Arts League
San Diego Creative Directory 
Sushi Performance & Visual Art 

A.E. Schwartz 
American Conservatory Theatre - Bay Area

Artist Resource Internship & Volunteer 
Listings
 
Greek Theatre 
Hollywood Bowl 
International Game Developers Association
MASS MoCA
Nike 
San Francisco Opera 
Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts 
Yamaha Corporation

Apply to Graduate School

Before applying to graduate school, you want to consider whether graduate school is right for you.  You want to ask yourself if you actually need a graduate degree to do your ideal job.  To explore that, try looking at some job descriptions of the types of positions you want and see what they are asking for in an applicant.  Once you've determine if graduate school is necessary then you want to select and apply to the program that best fits your professional goals.

Researching programs

Application Process

Paying for graduate school

Additional Resources

Some Useful Web sites for exploring information about careers in Humanities
disciplines:


“What Can I do with a Humanities Degree”
An awesome site with lots of links to other pages and information.Many of the links are to Philosophy department sites, but the ideas can be adapted to the general Humanities students.

University of Kent, Great Britain
Although this is a British university site, I have found it useful for its information about skill sets the Humanities student brings to the work force.

USA Today: College Section
A nice and positive voice about the value of a Humanities degree and how it can prepare you for a job.

Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce
An interesting site with several reports about regional workforce trends and the education these will demand.

The Guardian: Choosing your degree
Article about the value of a philosophy degree—substitute humanities!

New York Times

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