Visual and Fine Arts

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No matter where you go in the world, you’ll likely find people working in careers related to the arts and entertainment. These careers are great for creative people. Other useful skills in this field include an ability to adapt, appreciation for other cultures, and knowledge of a foreign language. There is a broad range of careers in this field ranging from fashion design to museum curation. Read on to see a sample of careers you could pursue in this exciting field.  

In the International Context

Whether you're studying Renaissance Art in Florence, Italy or Fashion Merchandise in Paris, France, a degree in Visual and Fine Arts, automatically has an international context because art is a global phenomenon. You can be a performing artist on stage on Broadway or in London’s West End theater district or you can work in some of the world’s most prominent museums and libraries. The professional options for pursuing a career in Visual and Fine Arts on a local or international level are limitless.


Does a career in fashion sound exciting to you? Fashions careers can have an international scope; after all, fashion magazines and trends are seen around the world. In addition, working in this field may give you the opportunity to travel to or work in major international cities.

To excel in this field, you should be creative, have a solid understanding of fabric, and know your market. In addition, you might need to be able to strike a balance between aesthetics and function, although in some fashion careers, functionality is less of a priority. Furthermore, you need strong communication skills to do well in a fashion career, because you will be working with many different people.

Some additional skills you’ve acquired by studying abroad that will be useful in a fashion career include: 

  • Willingness to adapt. Not only do trends change, but technology does as well. Your ability to adapt will help you succeed in this field. 
  • Ability to adjust to unfamiliar environments. Travel is often involved in fashion careers, so an ability to adapt to new environments is a valuable skill to have. 

Job Opportunities in the Field

The field of fashion is full of many players. Just a few examples of jobs in fashion are designing, pattern making, fashion merchandising, modeling, marketing, consulting, fashion photography, stylist, sales or brand representative and visual merchandiser . All of these careers play a role in the fashions you see on runways and in stores.

Fine Arts

Art is an important part of cultures throughout the world. If you like to create art, you can become a painter, sculptor, illustrator, or another kind of artist. Most likely, you’ll specialize in a certain type of art, working with a particular medium and technique. Your work can be exhibited at museums and galleries, perhaps even internationally. Furthermore, your experiences abroad can serve as inspiration for your works. However, not all artists are able to fully support themselves by creating and selling their work. You might have to take on an additional job to support yourself; you can teach, work at a museum, or have a career that is unrelated to your art.

In order to do well in this field, you need to be skilled at art and persistent. You should have a good eye for things like composition, color, balance and weight, and light and shadow. In addition, technical training will give you a good foundation for producing your work. Besides being a talented artist, you must be motivated and persistent, since you have to make an effort to get your work out in the public and you may frequently face rejection. Because it can be hard to make a living in this career field, it is important that you feel driven to create your art. 

Remember, your study abroad experience has given you many skills. The following ones will be helpful in your career as an artist: 

  • Appreciation for other cultures. Your knowledge of cultures and art from around the world can be wonderful inspiration for your works. 
  • Ability to learn from different teaching styles. If you study art formally, your instructors may come from diverse backgrounds and have a variety of teaching styles 
  • Ability to look at a project or situation from different perspectives. You’ll be able to interpret subjects in new ways. 

Job Opportunities in the field

The art field is vast and an artist can come in many forms. Some examples of job opportunities in the field are painter, welder, sculptor, illustrator, composer, drawer, multi media artist and animators, curators and much more. As an artist you can practice your work anywhere in the world as art is appreciated and popular all around the globe.

Museums and Libraries

Throughout the world, museums are important institutions that both educate and entertain their visitors. Museums can specialize in history, art, science, or cover a range of subjects. Like museums, libraries offer insight into a culture. If you want to pursue a career in library work, knowledge of a foreign language is useful, regardless of whether you want to work in the U.S. or abroad. Librarians, library technicians, and library assistants can help patrons find information. They often have to work with others, both their co-workers and the public.

In order to succeed in a museum or library career, you should have strong research skills and be analytical. In addition, you should be organized, work well with people, and be knowledgeable in a variety of subjects. Alternatively, you might specialize in a particular subject or area of your workplace. In many museums and libraries, you will need a master’s degree in an appropriate subject in order to advance.  

Study abroad skills that can be applied to museum and library careers include:

  • Knowledge of a foreign language. Because museums have visitors who come from around the world, they sometimes offer materials and services in foreign languages. Likewise, libraries carry books and other materials in a variety of languages. 
  • Cross-cultural communication. Many museum and library careers involve working with the public, who often come from diverse backgrounds. You’ll need to be able to communicate effectively across diverse groups. 
  • Interest in cultures. Curiosity and a desire to learn about different cultures will serve you well in museum and library careers. 

Job Opportunities in the Field

If you are obsessed with literature and art then choosing to work at a museum or library is a smart choice. Careers in the field require you to be very knowledgable about your subject matter as you are there to educate the public on works of art and pieces of literature. Some job titles in this field include curators, conservators, and museum technicians, librarians, and library director.

Performing Arts

There are careers in the performing arts both at home and abroad, and your job might involve travel to places around the world. As a performing artist you have a plethora of job opportunities, depending on what your specific interest are but either way there is likely to be a position that meets your needs.

In order to succeed as a performing artist, you should be creative, expressive, and talented. In addition, you must be perseverant, patient, and accustomed to criticism and rejection. In fact, you should be determined and willing to practice until you get it right. In performing arts careers, you should have a good memory and feel a desire to please your audience. As with many other career fields, it always helps to know people and have strong networking skills, which can open up many future opportunities. 

Some additional skills that you developed while studying abroad that can be applied to a career in the performing arts include:

  • Knowledge of a foreign language. For example, actors and singers sometimes have to perform in a foreign language. 
  • Flexibility. There is always an element of unpredictability in live performances, so it is important to be flexible and to be able to think on your feet. 
  • Adapting to unfamiliar environments. Travel is often involved in performing arts careers, so an ability to adapt to new environments is a valuable skill to have. 

Job Opportunities in the Field

There is a great variety of careers in performing arts. For instance, you could become an actor, musician, singer, or dancer. In addition, putting on a performance involves a lot of behind-the-scenes work, so you could be a choreographer, director, or costume designer, just to name a few examples.


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