MCAD Career Development can help you find work and help employers find you. In addition to job listings, the staff is available to meet one-on-one with students and alumni to assist with career development. Services include assistance writing and editing resumes, cover letters, and other professional correspondences; career exploration and industry research; interviewing practice; networking strategies; and industry-specific practices. Exhibiting Artist Creates work for a museum or gallery which may be on display temporarily or as a part of the institution’s permanent collection. Curator Acquires, cares for, develops, displays, and interprets a collection of artifacts or works of art in order to inform, educate, and entertain the public. Community Artist Works with communities to improve their quality of life using a variety of art forms to explore relevant issues. Visiting/Resident Artist Works for a specified period of time at a school, college, museum, or center to demonstrate and teach techniques and processes in field of expertise. Arts Writer Writes articles, blogs, books, short-form writing, and reviews of exhibitions, artists, films, designers, architecture, experimental sound works and so on, for various publications, both in print and online. Works to tailor writing to both general and specialized audiences, from scholarly works to local blogs. Graphic Designer Develops graphics and layouts for products, companies, ideas, and websites. Takes information, some of which can start out abstract, and turns it into compelling visual information your audience can comprehend. Typically requires working within the constraints of brand guidelines. Art Director Works with a client to create graphics for consumer advertising campaigns and product promotion. Gives presentations and develops liaisons with new clients. Develops market research and plans promotional campaigns. Handles all aspects of studio work on a freelance or staff basis. Designs graphics for use in films and television, storyboards, computer graphics, art direction, set design, advertising, promotional design work, and film titles. Freelance Illustrator Designs and creates images for websites, magazines, publishers, film studios, newspapers, advertising agencies, design firms, museums, and more. Usually specializes in one or two areas. Book Illustrator Works with a professional writer to create drawings and designs that accompany stories or information told in books or educational materials. Comic Illustrator Draws, storyboards, and sometimes writes narrative stories for comic books. Children's Book Illustrator Creates drawings and designs that accompany stories told in children's books or educational materials. Usually works with a professional writer. Editorial Illustrator Creates illustrations that tell a story to accompany magazine articles, newspaper stories, or to be used as book covers or in reports. Surface Designer Creates patterns for fabric, clothing, and paper products. Freelance Photographer Works on a job-by-job basis, a perk for those who prefer to make their own schedule or to work on a variety of different projects. Typically specializes in areas such as portraits, aerial photography, weddings, food, sports, or fashion. Photographer Sells work to individuals, galleries, interior designers, architects, libraries, community centers, churches, banks, hotels, government, and elsewhere on a freelance basis or by commission. Staff Photographer Produces images for websites, magazines, advertisements, brochures, catalogs, corporate reports, publishers, architects, or other individuals and businesses that want an event documented or an image that conveys a specific thought or story. Director Interprets and develops scripts. Works with the producer to choose key crew members, cast actors, select locations, and coordinate budgets and shooting schedules. Has a background in graphic design and fine arts (painting, composition, drawing, and color) are beneficial. In documentary productions often assumes the roles of producer, writer, and camera operator as well. Film Editor Organizes and edits film footage. Works with the director, producer, and writer to select footage to be used. Determines final rhythm of the film and in some cases the actual content. Combines picture and sound track and sees the film through to the complete print. Production Assistant An entry-level position, works with production manager, but assists the entire film unit with all phases of production. Production Manager Takes care of the financial and business side of production by organizing details such as budgeting, records of expenses, obtaining permits, hiring police protection, supervising travel arrangements, and providing housing. Acts as a peacemaker who ensures the whole production goes smoothly. Furniture Designer Creates furniture for everything from mass production to custom or art furniture. Oten designs for individual residences, museums, specialty stores, and other businesses that have specific needs. Furniture Fabricator Constructs furniture in assembly type fashion or aid with custom construction. Cartoonist Draws comic strips, caricatures, and spot illustrations for syndicated newspapers, magazines, trade or business publications, T-shirts, calendars, greeting cards, books, and more. Utilizes story-writing skills as well as humor, irony, or cynicism. Comic Editor Works with an artist and a publishing house to help guide a comic to print while ensuring that quality and production needs and deadlines are met. Comic Writer Conceives of a story and develops a plot and script, either of their own narratives that they self-publish or submit to publisher, or as a hired writer working on a pre-existing character. Works with a comic artist to illustrate the story or creates the artwork themselves. Writer, Penciler, Colorist, Letterer, Inker Develops the plot and script for the story. Creates comic book layouts and illustrates the story from the writer’s script. Works with the penciled illustrations to create finished artwork using India Ink. Digitally colors and separates either the pencilers’ or the inkers’ line art. Sets the script and balloons on the page digitally or by hand Funded Launch Programs With a special emphasis on networking, these pivotal funded programs help MFA students set themselves up for success after graduation. Opportunities range across galleries, residencies, art centers, design agencies, and various nonprofits. MCAD / Arrowmount University Fellows Scholarship This is a unique program in which two MFA students are awarded a free, week-long summer workshop that includes room, board, and travel stipend during the summer after they graduate. Soo Visual Arts Partnership Soo Visual Arts Center, founded in 2001 by Suzy Greenberg ’98, MFA, is a nonprofit art space that connects the community with fresh, under-represented, provocative art. Every year a competition is held with one MFA candidate receiving a financially supported solo exhibition at Soo Visual Arts Center. Forecast Public Art Fellowship for Designers/ Illustrators Forecast Public Art is a nonprofit organization that activates, inspires, and advocates for public art that advances justice, health, and human dignity. The MCAD MFA program is collaborating to provide a financially supported illustration/graphic design fellowship. Rochester Art Center Partnership The Rochester Art Center offers the opportunity for all people to understand and value the arts through innovative experiences with contemporary art. An annual competition in which the winner receives a financially supported solo exhibition at Rochester Art Center is available to all MFA candidates. Wisher Sponsored Residency Rob Fischer ’93 sponsors a residency in Park Rapids, MN for up to three current MFA candidates or alumni one year out of the program. This five–ten day residency is an opportunity for rest, reflection, and creativity over the winter break. Mildred’s Lane Fellowship Over two decades old, Mildred’s Lane is a 94-acre project site in the Pennsylvania woods on the Upper Delaware River where fellows and practitioners apply tools and concepts of contemporary art to landscape, vernacular architecture, installation art, sculpture, history, archaeology, natural sciences, utopian studies, and creative domesticity.