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Art and graphic design students at Calvin go on to pursue numerous career paths beyond formal studio art. Art at Calvin fosters students to develop a creative practice that thoughtfully and intentionally approaches solutions. Students consider how their craft can make a difference in careers like business, healthcare, education, and more. You'll graduate with the confidence to shape a better world through your artistic voice.

Planning for your career

Starting to think about your career while you are still in college prepares you to hit the ground running when you graduate. While pursuing art at Calvin you will have opportunities such as pursuing valuable internships both on and off campus.

Get started at the Career Center.

The role of your advisor

Your advisor has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of art and graphic design. He or she will be an excellent resource as you plan your future career—connecting you with the right program, art-related opportunities, and professional contacts. Meet the art and art history faculty.

Expand your knowledge and experience

The art and graphic design program at Calvin provides opportunities to gain real-world experience.

  • Take part in various art exhibition development and installation opportunities
  • Find off-campus internships throughout the year
  • Pursue resume-building positions, such as gallery attendant, teaching assistant, and studio technician.
Explore art careers

The College Art Association is a great place to learn more about careers in art, art history, and art education.

Career development

Make use of the resources Calvin has to obtain internships, find job postings, polish your resume, and more.

Consider graduate study

Pursuing graduate studies is a great way to continue deepening your knowledge and creative practice. Consult your advisor for more information.

Get to know the right people

Even while you're an undergraduate student, expanding your network of contacts within your target career field will help you make your way after graduation. A few ideas on how to build a professional network:

  • Get to know your professors—with their years of experience, they know many people in their fields that may be able to help establish your career
  • Attend exhibitions, lectures, and participate in art exhibitions
  • Become involved in student organizations to start developing relationships with your future colleagues
  • Do an off-campus internship with a local organization like the Grand Rapids Art Museum, UICA, or Meijer Gardens and keep in contact with those you work with there
  • Work with a professor on a collaborative project

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