Careers in Art


Studying art at Wake Forest can prepare you for a career that combines the study of art with a wide variety of other interests.

Art majors in both studio art and art history go on to top Masters and PhD programs and careers in all facets of the visual arts including Architecture, Art Advising, Art Education K-12, Art Therapy, Art Writing, Graphic Design, Art Conservation, Medical Illustration, Prosthetic Design, Museum Education, Arts Management, and Museum Studies.

Students can become Art History Professors, Professional Artists, Studio Art Professors, Art Critics, Auction House Specialists, Museum Curators and Registrars, and Visual Resources Librarians. Students also apply their art education toward careers in non-profits, business, medicine, law, and psychology among many others.

Our program covers a wide range of instruction from the technical to the conceptual and includes interdisciplinary courses. For example, faculty from the Wake Forest University Schools of Business and the Art Department teach, Management in the Visual Arts. This course provides both art and business students with the essential skills, pragmatic experiences and a conceptual framework for understanding the role the visual arts play within the national and international economies. Students receive preparation for involvement in art galleries, auction houses, museums, and publishing, as well as for contributions to various boards and organizations that commission or purchase works of art.

Explore Majors through the OPCD (Office Personal and Career Development). The OPCD guides and inspires Wake Forest students to take charge of their personal and career development from their initial days on campus. By creating a supportive “college-to-career” community of faculty, parents and advisors, the office equips students to lead lives with purpose… »

What some of our recent graduates have done soon after graduation:

Art Teacher Grades K-1, Benjamin School, North Palm Beach, FL
Arts Administrator, Sotheby’s, Palm Beach, FL
Intern, Delta Sky Magazine, Greensboro, NC
Marketing Coordinator, Henredon Furniture, High Point, NC
Marketing Assistant, Banner Pharmacaps (Pharmaceutical), High Point, NC
MFA, Design, N.C. State University College of Architecture, Raleigh, NC
Visual Arts Teacher, Arts for Life/ Brenner Children’s Hospital, Winston-Salem, NC
MBA, Management, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
PhD, History of Art & Architecture, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
MS, Creative Brand Management, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
MFA, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
MA, Italian, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
Handbag Designer, Coach, Inc., New York, NY
MA, Historic Preservation, Columbia University, New York, NY
Assistant Account Executive, Roberts & Tarlow (Advertising), New York, NY
Auction Coordinator, Artnet, New York, NY
MA, Decorative Arts, Bard College, New York, NY
Assistant Gallery Director, Clementine Gallery, New York, NY
Gallery Assistant, Cristin Tierney Fine Arts, New York, NY
Market Researcher, Dematteo Monness LLC, New York, NY
Intern, Sales & Client, Glowlab Productions (Art Initiative) Relations, New York, NY
Assistant, Irvine and Fleming (Interior Design), New York, NY
Marketing & Promotions Assistant, Penguin Group, New York, NY
Junior Designer, Robin Wilson Home (Interior Design), New York, NY
MA, Sotheby’s, New York, NY
Analyst, Thomas Weisel Partner (Wealth Mgmt), New York, NY
MFA, Carnegie Mellon School of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Medical Student, University of Pittsburgh SOM, Pittsburgh, PA
Legal Assistant, Arnold & Porter LLP (Law Firm), Washington, DC
MA, Art & Museum Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Gallery Assistant, Long View Gallery, Washington, DC
Biotech Legal Assistant, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox (Law), Washington DC
MA, Contemporary Art & Theory, School of Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Curatorial Research Assistant, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Intern, Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Santa Fe, NM
MFA, Architecture, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Realtor, Coldwell Banker, Menlo Park, CA
Vice President Product Design, Connected Ventures Inc., San Diego, CA
Assistant, Caldwell Snyder Gallery Publishing, San Francisco, CA
MFA, Architecture, New School of Architecture and Design, San Francisco, CA
M.Sc., Visual Anthropology, Oxford University, Oxford, England
MFA, Arts Administration, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Volunteer, Peace Corps, Kazakhstan
English Teacher, The Fulbright Program Assistantship, Korea
Gallery Associate, Galerie Gmurzynska, Zurich, Switzerland