Studio Arts Careers

Make a living AND make a difference.

Many KCAD Studio Arts graduates go on to establish themselves as independent or gallery-represented professional artists who exhibit their work nationally and internationally, pursue artist residencies and grant-funded projects, and share their knowledge and experience through workshops, community arts programs, and other educational platforms. Some first choose to further their education by pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree.  

Other graduates build on their artistic practice by putting their critical thinking, communications, and creative problem-solving skills to use in a wide variety of arts-related careers. 

Possible Careers

  • Archivist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Art Appraiser
  • Art Consultant/Buyer
  • Art Critic
  • Art Director
  • Curator
  • Entrepreneur / Small Business Owner
  • Gallery Owner
  • Millwright/Furniture Maker
  • Museum Exhibit Designer
  • Museum Preparator
  • Model/Prop Maker
  • Set Designer
  • Special Effects Artist


Where KCAD Studio Arts alumni work

  • Princeton University Art Museum / Princeton, NJ / Museum Preparator
  • All My Relations Gallery / Minneapolis, MN / Gallery Director
  • Dinderbeck Studios / Grand Rapids, MI / Owner
  • rag & bone / New York, NY / Custom Fabrication Associate
  • EA-Craftworks Metalworking and Design Shop / Grand Rapids, MI / Owner, Operator
  • Golden Apple Art Residency / Bar Harbor, ME / Director
  • Handmade Frames / Brooklyn, NY / Transportation Coordinator
  • Mint Maven / Grand Rapids, MI / CEO
  • Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery at Coastal Carolina University / Conway, SC / Director
  • Michigan State Capitol Building / Lansing, MI / Lead Decorative Painter
  • Solstice Handmade / Grand Rapids, MI / Owner, Operator
  • Latinas Welding Guild / Indianapolis, IN / Executive Director
  • Supergenius Studio / Oregon City, OR / Animator/Animation Director
  • Transfigure Print Co. / Grand Rapids, MI / Owner, Operator
  • Woosah Printshop and Outfitters / Grand Rapids, MI / Owner, Operator 


Where KCAD Studio Arts alumni have attended graduate school

  • Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
  • Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH)
  • California College of the Arts (Oakland, CA)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, MI)
  • Lesley University (Cambridge, MA)
  • New York Academy of Art (New York, NY)
  • Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax, Canada)  
  • Ohio University (Athens, OH)
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA)
  • SACI College of Art and Design (Florence, Italy)
  • Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA)
  • School of the Art Institute (Chicago, IL)
  • School of Visual Arts (New York, NY)
  • Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ)
  • Tamarind Institute of Lithography at the University of New Mexico
  • University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
  • University of Pretoria (Pretoria, South Africa)  
  • University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) 


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