Careers For People Who Know About Fine Arts

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What these careers require you to know

Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
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Architecture Professors

teach courses in architecture and architectural design, such as architectural environmental design, interior architecture/design, and landscape architecture. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Art and Music Professors

teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

3D Artists and Animators

create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

Music Directors

direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras or choirs.

Music Composers and Arrangers

write and transcribe musical scores.

Set and Exhibit Designers

design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.

Fine Artists and Painters

create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.


create new dance routines. Rehearse performance of routines. May direct and stage presentations.

Art Therapists

plan or conduct art therapy sessions or programs to improve clients' physical, cognitive, or emotional well-being.

Music Therapists

plan, organize, or direct medically prescribed music therapy activities designed to positively influence patients' psychological or behavioral status.


play parts in stage, television, radio, video, motion picture productions, or other settings for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audience. May dance and sing.


perform dances. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for video recording.

Instrumental Musicians

play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, or as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group.

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