Art Careers

Goshen College Alumni

Here is a sampling of current positions held by GC art alumni:

  • Architect
  • Art Director
  • Arts Council Director
  • Bookbinder, Framer, Retailer
  • Caricaturist
  • Ceramist
  • Costumer
  • Elementary Visual Art Teacher
  • Foundry Technician/ Pattern Maker
  • Graphic Designer
  • Jeweler
  • Painter
  • Photographer
  • Printing Sales Representative
  • Production Manager
  • Professor of Art
  • Publications Coordinator
  • Web Designer


The definition of art is constantly expanding. The field of visual arts contains many different subfields, including graphic design, sculpture, painting, photojournalism, architecture, and art administration among others.

Today information is increasingly communicated with images through print media, over the Internet, hanging on walls, or sitting on pedestals. Artists shape the way we understand our world. Having strong, capable artists at work is a vital need for business, for the church and for our communities. The Goshen College art department’s mission is to help equip you to fill those roles.

About the Coursework

At GC you will receive the individualized attention you need from professors to develop your skills and ideas. You will learn from faculty who produce, exhibit and sell their artwork. You will develop your own ability to communicate effectively in the media that suits you best.

The art department has concentrations in several different areas: graphic design, art entrepreneurship, studio art, visual arts education (K-12), pre-architecture, art administration and pre-architecture.

Possible courses for art majors include:

  • Design
  • Aesthetics
  • Senior Exhibit
  • Jewelry
  • History of Art
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Photo Communication
  • Arts in London

For a full list of courses and requirement, see the course catalog.

Teacher certification is available in visual arts. See the education department’s web page for more information.

Possible Career Paths

The possible career choices are broad for every major. Art graduates are currently working as elementary and secondary school art teachers, architects, graphic designers, designers in industry and business, art therapists, free-lance artists, college teachers, fashion designers, interior designers, museum curators, photojournalists and production crafts persons and fine artists.

The list below will provide you with several career options, but it is not exhaustive. Please note that some positions require additional education.

  • Animator
  • Art Agent
  • Art Instructor
  • Audio-Visual Specialist
  • Billboard Artist
  • Book Designer
  • CD/Record Cover Designer
  • Children’s Book Illustrator
  • Comic Strip Artist
  • Consultant
  • Corporate Designer
  • Curator
  • Custom Decorator
  • Elementary Art Teacher
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Flatware Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Greeting Card Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Interior Designer
  • Magazine Designer
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Package Designer
  • Photographer
  • Printing Crafts Worker
  • Printing Store Manager/Owner
  • Production Artist
  • Professor of Art/Art History
  • Studio Artist
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Textile Designer
  • Visual Merchandiser

Additional Resources

From the Occupational Outlook Handbook:

Graphic Design: A Career Guide
from the American Institute of Graphic Arts

About Art Therapy
from the American Art Therapy Association, Inc