Within one year of graduating, 91% of MCAD alumni are working, pursuing further education, or engaged in military or volunteer service.*

This is no accident—MCAD’s fine arts studio curriculum gets students focused on their careers early and enables them to successfully transition from student to professional.

Those holding fine arts degrees are often entrepreneurial individuals who forge their own career paths as self-employed, resident, or commissioned artists. The creative arts sector also offers roles in galleries and museums, theater, film, and crafts. Additionally, careers in art therapy merge art and psychotherapy as a means of helping those in need.


Potential Careers

Exhibiting Artist

Create work for a museum or gallery that may be on display temporarily or as a part of the institution’s permanent collection. Exhibitions may be juried or as part of an invitational exhibition, such as the Whitney Biennial.

Fine Artist

Create original pieces of artwork using a variety of media. Sell work to individuals, galleries, interior designers, architects, libraries, community centers, churches, banks, hotels, government, and elsewhere.


Acquire, care for, develop, display, and interpret a collection of artifacts or works of art in order to inform, educate, and entertain the public.

Independent Curator

Like a traditional curator, select the works or content to be included in an exhibition or event. Work outside of—as well as in cooperation with—individual institutions. Must have the drive and motivation to be your own boss, and be willing to push the boundaries of the term “curator.”

Art Therapist

Use the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. Art therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.

Community Arts Worker

Work with communities to improve their quality of life using a variety of art forms to explore relevant issues. Generally works in areas where there are social, cultural, or environmental issues.


Teach classes at a college or university. Occasionally also designs courses or assists with curriculum development.

Arts Administrator

Manage programs in education, therapy, or public service. Oversee and apply for grants, report to your donors and board, and plan for your organization.

Set Designer

Set designers research, design, and supervise the construction of sets and scenery, costumes, and visual aids required in stage, film, and television productions. Must possess 3D and 2D skills and knowledge of construction, lighting, fabrication, and materials.

Secondary School Teacher

Teach art or design, craft, and technology as part of a curriculum to pupils. Inspire students to pursue their talents and instill a love of learning.

Visiting Artist

Work for a specified period of time at a school, college, museum, or center to demonstrate and teach techniques and processes. May be short-term or a year-long appointment.

Fiber Artist

Create artworks in which the material primarily consists of natural and synthetic fiber and other components such as fabric and yarn, with a heavy focus on the material and the artist's manual labor as part of the works' significance.

Glass Artist

Shapes and molds blobs of molten glass into vessels and other shapes.

Ceramic Artist

Make clay and porcelain objects such as dishes, vases, tiles, and figurines.


*Based on the 2016/17 MCAD Alumni Outcomes Survey, within one year of graduation, 87% of alumni report working, 3% are engaging in military or volunteer service, and 1% are pursuing further education.

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