Creative Arts, Media, & Design

Use this space to get information and inspiration about creative industries and roles that require specialized artistic skills or content knowledge.


Types of Organizations

When exploring options in creative industries, it's important to do some self-assessment to figure how where you belong within the world of work.  Creative industries provide a wide variety of roles and types of work, and creative work can be done across many industries.  Here are some factors to consider when looking at first jobs or internships:

  • Museums provide exposure to curatorial work, art education, fundraising and event planning experience, exhibition design, research, and organizational planning.
  • Practicing studio artists provide opportunities for students to learn about managing a business, marketing artwork, networking, and time management between studio and business practices.
  • Local and national theatres provide students with a variety of experiences for visual artists from costume and set design to fundraising and playwriting and booking events.
  • Community art organizations encourage students to get involved in local communities by creating public art or teaching art in underserved communities.  They also involve the student in curatorial projects in their galleries and experience exhibition planning.
  • Multimedia design studios hire students to assist with various design projects, participate in creative team meetings, and interact with clients; interest areas are in graphic design, interactive media, web design, print and package design.
  • Local and national magazines and newspapers offer a range of experience to students studying illustration, graphic design, and photography.
  • Interior Design and Architecture firms and other Environmental Design internships provide experiences in the areas of planning, production, and design.
  • Students interested in Conservation find internships with museum conservation departments and with private conservators.
  • Production Studios often provide internships for students in video and film with documentaries, major motion pictures, and television series’ to learn from as production assistants. Include community television and radio in this category.

[from Maryland Institute for Creative Arts website, 'How to Find an Internship')     


Industry Basics

As you begin to research industries of interest, consider the realities of the market.  Knowing what to expect at the beginning or middle of a career path can help you to determine your job search approach and also identify key skills--like entrepreneurship and technical skills--that will keep you on track.  By looking at trends and emerging fields, you will make active choices instead of passively waiting for opportunities to come along.

By logging into Handshake, you have exclusive access to Career Insider by Vault.  Read or download industry guides with current information about what skills are valued, terminology from the field, and advice about getting a foot in the door.  


Get Connected

Networking is one of the most successful ways to develop your career path. Connecting with those that you admire, know, and trust can open your eyes to trends, perspectives, and opportunities in your desired career field. Some of the ways you can network include:

Virginia Alumni Mentoring Program (VAM)

Virginia Alumni Mentoring is a program that connects UVA students with alumni who have volunteered to provide insights about the process of choosing and starting a career in their field.  The program provides students and their alumni mentors a structured means of initiating a professional relationship to discuss career interests and professional preparation. Together, they develop goals for their regular meetings, during which the alumni mentors offer insights about their own undergraduate experiences, career progression and current work, in order to support mentees in navigating their own chosen career paths.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is an online networking tool.  Beyond connecting to other professionals in similar fields, LinkedIn is an invaluable tool for conducting research about specific occupations or industries.  You can also use LinkedIn to learn about UVA alumni and their destinations after graduation.  

Alumni Inspiration

We know that beginning— or continuing— the job and / or internship search can be a daunting task. With the many steps required, students often find themselves wondering about the end result (i.e., the right job and / or internship for you) and how to get there. Below are a few narratives across various industries that show it’s possible— and well worth the effort.

Trade Publications and Websites

The best way to connect to people and resources that will further your knowledge is to stay current.  Following blogs or industry news sites can help you connect to the profession and give you content for future cover letters and interviews.  Plus, you'll need to know these things once you're on the job! Whether you browse, subscribe to email lists, or follow these on social media, you will be better informed because of it.  Check our industry pages for specific recommendations!

 

More to Explore

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