Art Careers and Outcomes

One year after their graduation from houghton

100% of art majors responding to a recent survey reported being employed or in graduate school.

Selected employment after one year.

  • Graphic Designer, Tioga Publishing
  • Head Graphic Designer, Northern Lights Candles
  • Marketing Assistant, Camp of the Woods
  • Graduate Assistant, Rochester Institute of Technology

Selected grad school enrollment after one year.

  • MST, Visual Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • MBA, John Paul the Great Catholic University
  • MFA, Graphic Design, Academy of Art University
  • MD, University of Cincinnati

Art Alumni

Steven Johnson '95

Steve Johnson

Professor of Visual and Communication Arts at Eastern Mennonite University

M.F.A., Computer Art, Savannah College of Art & Design

Hannah Jennings Murphy '13

Hannah Jennings Murphy

Art Teacher, Ephesus Elementary School

M.S.T., Visual Arts Education, Rochester Institute of Technology

Erin Bennett Banks '00

Erin Bennett Banks

Creative Director, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC and Co-Owner, Banks Creative design & illustration studio

M.F.A., Illustration, Savannah College of Art & Design 

Nicole Mason '15

Ryan & Carolyn Klejment-Lavin

Freelance Photographer: wedding, brand and business photography

What can I do and where can I go with a major in art?

A Houghton degree in Art can open doors to a variety of careers! Alumni can be found working in a wide range of positions; Houghton graduates have also found they are well prepared for graduate school and have been accepted into a number of top art graduate programs.

Houghton College art alumni hold positions, including:

  • Advertising director
  • College art professor
  • Gallery director
  • Graphic designer
  • Marketing Director
  • Newspaper illustrator
  • Post-production technical support in the film industry
  • Professional wedding photojournalist
  • School art teachers
  • Studio artists
  • Video game designers
  • Web designers

Art majors are well prepared for graduate studies.

The graduate schools our alumni have attended include:

  • Clemson University
  • Penn State University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Savannah College of Art & Design
  • State University of New York – Plattsburgh
  • University of Northern Illinois
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Virginia Commonwealth University

For more information on career planning, visit the Houghton College Vocational Opportunities and Career Advising Center (VOCA).
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