Contrary to what some may believe, the art industry is alive and well, and offers several career opportunities. When people think of art, the first thing that comes to mind is painting and drawing, and being an artist is a perfectly legitimate way to make a living. But if you’re looking for other career opportunities, there’s plenty available.
- Interior Design
The demand for interior designers has increased steadily the past few years and it’s bound to continue. As a designer you’ll be responsible for creating commercial and residential interiors, and meeting clients’ requirements without going over budget. It’s a challenging field but the demand is high.
Requirements: bachelor’s degree with 2 to 3 years apprenticeship. Knowledge of CAD is advantageous.
- Landscape Architect
The next time you stand and admire the Augusta golf course, thank the landscape architect for that, as they’re responsible for the design, the horticulture and the math. As a landscape architect you’ll also conduct studies to determine what the environmental effects will be, and with demand for landscape architects increasing in Canada, it’s something to consider.
Requirements: bachelor’s or 5 year master’s degree.
- Museum Curator
A museum curator designates where art pieces in the museum are to be placed, how exhibits are arranged and ensuring the needs of patrons are met. In other words, a curator is tasked with making sure that visitors are satisfied. There are a lot of things we take for granted when visiting a museum, and as a curator it’s your job to make certain things stay that way. While it can be challenging, it’s also very rewarding.
Requirements: educational requirements vary, but usually a bachelor’s degree is needed, and experience is definitely welcome. Several museums in Canada provide intern work so you can take advantage of that.
- Multimedia Artist / Animator
This one should really come as no surprise. While there are thousands of multimedia artists and animators in the movie industry, the demand is so high that there are always employment opportunities available. The highest grossing films in history make extensive use of 3D animation and effects, so while the competition is tight, the dedicated will always find work.
Requirements: animators need at the very least a bachelor’s or associate’s degree, but your training shouldn’t stop after graduating. If you want to make it far, get as much experience with 2D and 3D software.
- Video Production
Last but not least is video production. The demand for videos has never been higher, with companies and businesses fully recognizing the opportunities the medium provides. If you work in the video production industry and establish a good reputation, you’ll never be wanting for clients as video demand is going to skyrocket in the future. Agencies like Toronto’s Memory Tree are expanding rapidly and looking for more hires.
Requirements: requirements vary per company, but a bachelor’s degree will be welcome. Some companies offer on the job training, but those with experience in film editing, recording, audio and photography have an edge. Just like with multimedia and animation, it’s imperative you get as much experience as possible.