What Can I Do with My Art Major?


The goals of the studio art program are two-fold: first, to develop students’ ability to engage in creative thinking and to become visually literate; and second, to prepare students for graduate study and a career in the arts. The program encourages students to explore their own definitions of creativity and imagination through a chosen medium, while at the same time working to realize Georgetown’s goal of educating the whole person. Students may concentrate their studies on painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, or electronic media, and are additionally required to take one art history course. By facilitating an open environment for the free expression of ideas, the studio art program hopes to enhance students’ sense of confidence and self-worth.


The study of studio art facilitates the development of a core set of skills sought after by employers in a wide range of occupational settings. A sample of these skills and qualities follows.

Visual Literacy

  • Perceptual organization
  • Organizing sensory information
  • Understanding artistic intent
  • Conveying complex information
  • Communicating visually
  • Synthesizing visual elements

Creative Thinking

  • Independent thinking
  • Utilizing multiple approaches to solve problems
  • Evaluating solutions
  • Creating original sources
  • Seeking diverse perspectives
  • Taking risks

Human Relations

  • Cultural awareness
  • Marketing ideas and works
  • Communicating with clients
  • Listening intently
  • Flexibility and openness to originality
  • Assuming leadership roles

Sample Internship Opportunities

  • Museums (e.g., National Gallery of Art, United States Marine Corps – History and Museums Division)
  • Illustrator – using QuarkXPress, Adobe Illustrator (e.g., Consumer Electronics)
  • Nonprofit agencies (e.g., Crafts Center)
  • Design centers (e.g., Wordmarque Design)
  • Magazines (e.g., National Geographic)
  • Marketing and Advertising (e.g., Tim Kenney Marketing)

Where are Georgetown Art Majors Now?

  • Private artist
  • Interior designer
  • Industrial consultant
  • Advertising associate
  • Marketing associate
  • Art school dean
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Museum conservator
  • Jewelry designer
  • Art therapist
  • High school teacher
  • College professor
  • Architect
  • Web designer
  • Ergonomics engineer
  • Museum curator
  • Product packaging designer
  • Industrial design
  • Fashion designer
  • Museum art installer
  • Set designer
  • Cinematographer
  • Art dealer
  • Textile designer
  • Computer game designer
  • Museum membership manager
  • Photographer
  • Urban designer
  • Animation/sequential art

Relevant Websites and Publications

Professional Organizations

For information about career options, internship and full-time opportunities, contact the Cawley Career Education Center at One Leavey Center, (202) 687-3493. For more information about the major and degree requirements, contact Georgetown’s Department of Art and Art History.