What can I do with a minor in illustration?

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  • Branding Designer
  • Courtroom Illustrator
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Film Storyboarder
  • Book Illustrator

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Explore the numerous career fields related to your major

Commercial Art
  • Graphic art
  • Motion design
  • Web design
  • Graphic novels
  • Illustration
  • Story boards
  • Advertising
  • Medical and scientific illustration
  • Typography
  • Animation
  • Art direction
  • Logo/Branding
  • Advertisement, magazine, layout, book, packaging, stationary, wallpaper design
  • Advertising agencies
  • Public relation agencies
  • Design firms
  • Company marketing departments
  • Publishing companies: magazines, newspapers, books
  • Department stores
  • Television and motion picture industry
  • Governmental agencies
  • Universities
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Greeting card companies
  • Internet media companies
  • Self-employed
  • Large corporations
Sample occupations
  • Develop excellent technical and computer skills in a variety of platforms and design software.
  • Maintain an up-to-date physical and digital portfolio of your work.
  • Gain relevant experience through part-time jobs and internships.
  • Obtain summer or part-time experience with book, magazine, or newspaper publishers.
  • Develop attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Supplement curriculum with course work in advertising or business.
  • For medical illustration, undergraduate coursework in anatomy and biology may be necessary, as well as a master’s degree in medical illustration.
  • Participate in the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition to build a greater understanding of the industry and to gain recognition.
Print Design
  • Type design
  • Magazine design
  • Newspaper design
  • Book design
  • Brochure, flyer, newsletter, menu, packaging, poster publication design
  • Cover/label design
  • Advertising layout
  • Photo editing/Photoshop art
  • IllustrationIdentity/Branding design: Logos, business cards, stationery, billboard, car wrap, etc.
  • Infographics
  • Magazine, Periodical, Book, Directory, Newspaper, Textbook
  • Greeting card, Design firm Publishers
  • Advertising agencies
  • Publishing houses
  • Business form companies
  • Publicity firms
  • In-house creative departments
  • Large retail stores
  • Toy companies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Universities
  • Self-employed (freelance)
Sample occupations
  • Graphic designers create numerous visual and text communication works, small to large, from posters to identity systems. Research all the niche areas and gain the tools and technological skills to succeed in that area.
  • Assemble a portfolio of work samples.
  • Complete a related internship to gain relevant experience and to contribute to your portfolio.
  • Work on campus publications in design or layout or find a part-time position with a local publication.
  • Develop excellent communication skills and learn to work well on a multidisciplinary team.
  • Volunteer to create brochures, newsletters, or other publications for campus organizations.
  • Develop problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Join professional associations as a student member.
  • Become knowledgeable in production and printing processes.
  • Develop broad software application skills in MAC and PC based programs and a solid background in design.
  • Participate in local or campus design contests.
  • Media
  • Journalism: production, design, art criticism, editing
  • Art direction
  • Sales
  • Programming
  • Video
  • Illustration
  • Animation
  • Story board
  • Film
  • Social media
  • Digital imaging and editing
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Websites
  • Book publishers
  • Studios
Sample occupations
  • Develop excellent grammar and writing skills along with knowledge of the history and culture of art.
  • Learn HTML and other computer programs to prepare for online work.
  • Become comfortable working in a deadline-oriented atmosphere.
  • Work with campus or local newspapers. Create a portfolio of work samples, especially those that have been published.
  • Seek opportunities for recognition and networking through contests and other design submissions.

General information and strategies

  • Internships are crucial in obtaining experience, building relationships, and reality testing career choices.
  • Begin cultivating creative talents as soon as possible.
  • Develop a portfolio of creative materials related to career goals.
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm, interpersonal skills, team work, integrity, good judgment, and intelligence.
  • Gain experience with campus publications.
  • Develop excellent writing and grammar skills.
  • Read extensively in areas of interest.
  • Minoring in business administration, political science, technical communication, natural or social sciences, sport management, cinema studies, or art media may provide greater job opportunities and complement the major.
  • Pick electives in a variety of subjects as you may be asked to do design work for many topics.
  • Take classes in computers, graphic design, and website management.
  • Participate in the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition to build a greater understanding of the industry and to gain recognition.