Alternate Careers for Artists

Alternate Careers for Artists

You might have noticed, but more and more jobs are revolving around computer technology. And, as you'd expect, jobs for artists are no exception. But just because so many of your art school classmates decided to go into web design doesn't mean that you have to as well.

In fact, there are plenty of other careers that require a creative and artistic eye. To help you think outside the web design box, here are four alternate jobs for artists.

Industrial Design

Commercial and industrial designers work with material scientists, engineers, and marketing executives and apply their expertise in art, business and engineering to create manufactured goods.

An industrial designer is responsible for the safety, functionality, style and durability of myriad manufactured products. By working closely with clients, industrial designers strive to improve a product's utility and functionality while meeting requirements for materials, size, shape, weight and various other characteristics.

Most industrial designers have a bachelor's degree in things like industrial design or architecture. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design also accredits around 300 postsecondary colleges and university with related art and design schools.

For more, see the career profile Industrial Design on our sister site, DesignSchools.com.

Packaging Design

Artists that want to apply their creative talent to commercial use might enjoy a job in structural packaging design.

Package designers sometimes work alongside marketing teams to design the packaging for consumer products. As anyone who has looked at all the packaging in a supermarket knows, many colors, materials, and shapes are employed to sell various products and goods. A packaging designer works to make sure that a client's package is both aesthetically attractive and functional for handling and shipping. A packaging designer may partner with designers and art directors as well as clients to take a concept into a real-world product. This job involves creating multiple prototypes and working until an affordable and attractive package design has been achieved.

For more, see the career profile Packaging Design on our sister site, GraphicDesignSchools.com.

Print Design

Print designers use their artistic eye and graphic design abilities to create designs for printed media, such as books, journals, and magazines. Â

As a print designer, you'll be responsible for the ultimate layout and format of different printed media from magazines to newspapers. Print designers can also work in brand logos and help to create graphic standards. Many print designers also design print collateral including newsletter templates and advertorial layouts, as well as data sheets.

Set Design

Set designers help to create and shape the mood and feel of an entire world of a movie, play or television show.

A set designer is responsible for conceptualizing, researching, and constructing sets for TV shows, plays, musicals, commercials, and movies. The job is highly creative but also highly collaborative, as the set designer often needs to work alongside everyone from sound and lighting technicians to directors and costume designers.

Learn more about set design in film, from our sister site, FilmSchools.com.

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