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Fine Arts

First Destination Data
Alumni Career Paths
What to do with a degree in Fine Arts
Fine Arts Web Sites
Graduate School Information


The Department of Fine Arts invites students to experience art as both scholarship and a process of creation. By uniting artistic excellence with intellectual inquiry, we affirm the importance of a broad education in preparing our students for creative participation in a changing society.

In both the Art History and Studio Art tracks, study in the arts exemplifies the ideals of a liberal arts education and allows each student to realize, with excellence, his or her potential for expression and informed vision. This degree provides an excellent foundation for a career in the arts, as well as preparation for work in a range of fields valuing communication, creativity, critical thinking, management and perception skills.  

The  Department of Fine Arts website also contains career-related resources from the department such as the Mortimer-Hays Brandeis Traveling Fellowship, information on the collections and internships at the Rose Art Museum, and internships at major U.S. museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Christie’s New York and Getty Museum. Keep up to date on department activities through The Canvas: Fine Arts News. 

First Destination Data

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that Fine Arts alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Fine Arts major at Brandeis.

Department of Fine Arts Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as an Fine Arts major at Brandeis.

Year Company Title Industry
2012 Flagship Merchant Services Senior Account Representitive Finance and Banking
2010 Yu Ying School Teacher Education
2010 Nellymoser, Inc Marketing Administrator Advertising/ Public Relations
2010 Temkin Group Research Associate Consulting
2009 Langer Grogan & Diver Paralegal Law
2009 Philadelphia Museum of Art Museum Educator Museum
2008 The Clarks Companies, N.A. Visual Merchandising Specialist Sales & Marketing
2008 TAC Secured, Inc. Account Manager High Tech
2007 Skinner, Inc. Auction Assistant Fine Arts Retail
2007 Bridgewater Associates Technology Recruiting Human Resources
2006 Joel Oppenheimer, Inc. Art Conservator Fine Arts
2006 Langfeldesigns Graphic Designer Art Design


In addition to you coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills.  The Brandeis Internship Exchange is an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities.  Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify majors' internships.


What to Do with a Degree in Fine Arts (.pdf)

 Fine Arts Web Sites

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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

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Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities and knowledge that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success in the world of work. To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.


  • Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to move, grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects effectively.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.


  • Esthetics, cultural trends, and history of ideas
  • Human behavior, motivation, and psychology
  • Leadership and coordination of people and resources
  • Management principles involved in strategic and project planning and resource allocation
  • Media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods
  • Performance and craft
  • Structure and content of language
  • Theory, techniques, tools, and principles required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, and drama
  • Quantitative reasoning

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development

Sample of Possible Occupations

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Advertising Artist
Bookplate Artist
Fashion Artist/Designer
Motion Picture Artist
Advertising Designer
CAD Designer
Motion Picture Scenic Designer
Aerial Photographer
Floral Designer
Municipal Graphic Designer
Airbrush Artist
Car and Bus Card Artist
Freelance Letter/Designer
Mural Artist
Furniture Designer
Museum Artist
Antiques Dealer
Gallery Owner
Newspaper Artist
Architectural Model Builder
Catalog Illustrator
Newspaper Illustrator
Architectural Renderer
CD/Record Cover Designer
Glass Blower
Newspaper Layout Artist
Art Administrator
Ceramic Artist
Graphic Arts Technician
Art Buyer
Motion Picture Animator
Graphic Designer
Art Conservator
Color Expert
Printing Designer
Art Consultant
Greeting Card Artist
Printing Layout Artist
Art Critic
Costume Designer Illustrator
Product Designer
Art Dealer
Courtroom Sketcher
Quick Sketch Artist
Art Director

Interior Decorator
Art Exhibition Coordinator
Internet Designer
Set Designer/Illustrator
Art Graphic Assistant
Direct Mail Artist
Jewelry Designer
Silhouette Artist
Art Historian
Direct Mail Layout
Kitchenware Designer
Silkscreen Artist
Art Teacher
Display Artist
Label Designer
Stained Glass Artist
Urban Designer
Art Therapist
Display Designer
Landscape Architect
Stencil Cutter
Display Painter
Layout Artist
Still Photographer
Artist's Agent
Magazine Cover Artist
Textile Designer
Assistant Curator
Editorial Illustrator
Magazine Designer/Illustrator
Auctioneer Transporter
Mannequin Decorator
Toy Designer
Audio Visual Artist/Designer
Mechanical & Production Artist
Bank Note Designer
Environmental Designer
Medical Illustrator
Trademark Designer
Billboard Artist
Memorial Designer
Typographical Artist
Book Illustrator/Designer
Exhibit Designer
Millinery Designer
Book Jacket Designer
Fabric Designer 

Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development