In the last five years, more than 77% of MCAD graduates have found work in the areas they majored in.

This is no accident—MCAD’s drawing and painting curriculum gets students focused on their careers early and enables them to successfully transition from student to professional.

Drawers have the ability to communicate emotions and ideas as a creative visual. Careers in this field can range from illustrating for entertainment and educational purposes to teaching to being a fine artist.

Painters may commission their works to corporate or private collections, display them in art galleries or museums, or be hired to paint portraits or other works. Conducting private workshops or classes, restoring paintings, or becoming art therapists, critics, or directors are also possibilities.


Potential Careers

Fine Artist

Sell work to individuals, galleries, interior designers, architects, libraries, community centers, churches, banks, hotels, government and elsewhere on a freelance basis or by commission. They must be self-motivated and able to accept criticism. At times work is commissioned, but most often it is created and sold afterwards.

Instructor or Professor

Teach classes either as a part-time adjunct or full-time instructor at a college or university. May also design courses or assist with curriculum development. Typically requires a terminal degree such as a MFA.

Independent Curator

Like a traditional curator, an independent curator selects the works or content to be included in an exhibition or event. Work outside of—as well as in cooperation with—individual institutions. Must have the drive and motivation to be your own boss, and be willing to push the boundaries of the term “curator.”


Illustrate for advertisements, books, magazines, fashion, and more. Create layout sketches of designs, logo ideas, and illustrations that are included in reports, print materials, direct mail, point of purchase displays, posters, signage, commercials, trailers, and billboards.


Animate characters, scenes, and/or special effects for film, television, and the entertainment industry.

Art Therapist

Use the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. Art therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.

Arts Administrator

Manage programs in education, therapy, or public service. Oversee and apply for grants, report to your donors and board, and plan for your organization.

Art Restoration Specialist

Clean, repair, and restore a damaged work of art to a state similar to its original condition. Regularly handle and work with rare and valuable pieces.

Visiting Artist

Mix studio time with time spent teaching one or more classes. Hone your skill while utilizing the resources of the host organization.

Commercial Artist

Produce art for promotional materials and commercials.


Create extremely large works of art, often paintings, applied to a wall, ceiling, or floor. Use different styles to bring beauty to an interior or exterior space.