Painting Careers

Make a living AND make a difference.

As a graduate of the Painting program, you ll be prepared to engage in a rich, fulfilling practice of creating culturally significant and meaningful works of art. The versatile set of creative, critical thinking, and communication skills you ll develop can also open up a number of other career options in art-related fields.


Possible Careers

  • Professional Artist
  • Continuing Education Instructor
  • Community Workshop Instructor
  • Muralist
  • Artist-in-Residence
  • Gallery Owner
  • Art Director
  • Arts Administrator
  • Curator
  • Art Critic
  • Preparator
  • Art Consultant/Buyer
  • Museum Education Assistant
  • Set Designer


Where KCAD Painting alumni work

  • Self-Employed (New York, NY) – Professional Fine Artist
  • Self-Employed (St. Louis, MO) – Professional Fine Artist
  • Self-Employed (Roswell, NM) – Professional Fine Artist
  • Self-Employed (Detroit, MI) – Professional Fine Artist
  • Arts Exhibitions International (New York, NY) – Art Preparer
  • CultureWorks (Holland, MI) – Program Director
  • Golden Apple Art Residency (Bar Harbor, ME) – Director
  • Baldwin Wallace University (Berea, OH) – Art Department Chair


Where KCAD Painting alumni have attended graduate school

  • New York Academy of Art (New York, NY) – Master of Fine Arts
  • University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH) – Master of Fine Arts
  • University of Pretoria (Pretoria, South Africa) – Master of Arts, Fine Art
  • University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) – Master of Fine Arts
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA) – Master of Fine Arts
  • Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) – Master of Fine Arts
  • Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax, Canada) – Master of Fine Arts
  • Miami University (Oxford, OH) – Master of Fine Arts
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) – Master of Fine Arts
  • Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI) – Master of Fine Arts
  • School of the Art Institute (Chicago, IL) – Master of Fine Arts
  • SACI College of Art and Design (Florence, Italy) – Master of Fine Arts


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