Fine Arts

8 exciting career options after getting a Fine Arts degree

Aditi Gupta
Aditi Gupta
Posted on 22 Oct 2022
13:46 PM
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While there is still an existing mindset that the fine arts are not the best of fields to build a stable career in, there are a number of options available today to the contrary
Having a background in fine art arms you with a creative flair, which will then help you to make the most of any creative projects of your choice

“I think of art as the highest level of creativity. To me, it is one of the greatest sources of enjoyment.” – David Rockefeller

Fine art, primarily regarded for its aesthetic value and beauty, includes 5 basic sections -painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and poetry. In ancient times, fine arts only comprised these basic foundational sections, but as of now, the field has branched out into visual arts such as films, architecture, dancing, photography, theatre, conceptual art, interior design, etc.

While there is still an existing mindset that the fine arts are not the best of fields to build a stable career in, there are a number of options available today to the contrary. But this is one field where merely getting a degree is not enough. So, what are some of the things you will need in addition to a Fine Arts degree to make a career in the field?

  • Having an experimental and innovative mindset
  • Being creative
  • Being quick-witted
  • Having the ability to think outside the box
  • Being comfortable working in unconventional setups
  • Being resourceful
  • Being expressive, and
  • Being passionate about your art

Armed with these qualities, you can then decide from among the plethora of specialisations that various colleges provide for Fine arts students. Candidates can pursue their graduation in this field with specialisations in publishing, textiles, animation, television, film, and advertising.

8 exciting career options after getting a Fine Arts degree

Graduates who have completed their fine arts degree programme or diploma programme can look for a job as an artist or photographer in any organisation, as well as a creative director, animator, art director, production artist, etc. Following are some of the key job roles:

  1. Fine artist:People who work full-time as fine artists produce artwork using cutting-edge methods and techniques. Several commercial and advertising industries offer job opportunities for painters, illustrators, sculptors, and printmakers. Additionally, they can also display and auction off their artwork in private galleries.
  2. Actor: A theatre artist or a performer with subsequent experience and acting skills can consider broadening their horizons and pursuing a career in acting. There are several acting opportunities available in television, cinema and other media platforms where one can be employed as an actor.
  3. Multimedia Artist: People with a passion for animation and media who have completed their degree in a relevant discipline can work as multimedia artists in advertising agencies, the gaming industry, software firms, and other media-related industries.
  4. Art Director:Students who have completed a diploma or a graduate programme in multimedia or graphic designing have a wide range of prospects as art directors in publishing and advertising agencies.
  5. Graphic Designer:Fine art graduates can work as graphic designers as well since designing requires a good understanding of composition, color, tones and light. These are basic fundamental skills that a fine art graduate would already possess. There are several organisations, especially in the media and advertising sector, which require graphic designers to create brochures, commercials and build websites.
  6. Animator: Possessing a fine art degree alone provides the graduate with a strong foundation to pursue a career in animation. Thereafter specialising in 3D graphics and animation can be a good way to jumpstart your career in the animation industry. Animation is an evergreen job which attracts a large number of people every year. Professionals new to this industry work as junior animators in animation studios and production houses from where they can work their way up to higher positions.
  7. Photographer:Photography is often regarded as a medium of art. When it comes to creative attributes, the photographer has to consider the subject, lighting techniques, camera framing, lens choice, post-processing and other technical settings. This career option would be most suitable for people who are interested in discovering new locations and landscapes and have a knack for photography.Read More | Should you take up photography as a profession-Finally Answered!Having a background in fine arts will additionally give you that creative flair which will help you to create better compositions. A career as a photographer is both exciting and promising.
  8. Musician: Music and fine art are intertwined. Industries such as film and television, music, gaming and advertising all offer employment options for musicians. You could also be working as part of an orchestra or a band, or you may decide to get into the more creative pursuit of writing music.

Fine Arts Career Path and Salary Information

Fine artists’ salary varies according to their work descriptions. A graduate in fine art who is just starting out in the field might expect to make between Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000,000. Meanwhile, a skilled, talented, and sophisticated fine artist with substantial work experience would be earning Rs. 4,000,000-5,00,000 annually. There are some industries, such as media, film, advertising, etc., where fine artists can earn alluring pay packages. Additionally, fine artists are paid an astounding $58,250 a year abroad.

Also Read | Fine Arts Career in India: Institutes, Job Opportunities, and Top Skills to Develop

Job opportunities

A job in the fine arts is indeed a respectable and rewarding career and one of the best ways to start a career as a fine artist is by freelancing. Young talent should also look for more exposure by contacting the publishing division of advertising agencies, magazines, newspapers, or the textile sector since getting a chance to work in these industries would be a great opportunity to advance their artistic talents.

Last updated on 22 Oct 2022
15:25 PM
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