What Can I Do With an Art Degree From Hiram College?

We want to enable our students to thrive in their chosen careers. The breadth and depth of Hiram's art program have prepared our graduates for success in both graduate school and art professions. Recent graduates have entered programs at the Art Institute of Chicago, Harvard University, the University of Michigan, Cornell University, and the University of Chicago among many others. Alums of our program have entered fields such as architecture, advertising, commercial photography, and journalism, and they work at organizations including Sotheby's Auction House and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). And of course, graduates of our program are studio artists in fields as diverse as glass blowing, iron working, photography, film making, and ceramics. Whether your passion is making your own art, appreciating the artwork of others, or both, Hiram's art faculty members guide and educate students while they develop their knowledge and hone their skills.

Because art history is so expansive in its scope of study, our graduates have gone on to pursue many diverse directions in further education and careers. Some have continued the study of art history in graduate schools and become high school or college teachers, while others have developed into museum or gallery professionals; some have attended law school, library science programs, or pursued other fields of advanced education such as philosophy, religious studies, business, historic preservation, publishing, journalism, and art investment.

Career Opportunities

  • Publishing: as critics, writers, editors
  • Non-profit organizations: such as College Art Association, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Museum: curatorial, educational, graphic design, art handling, archival work, marketing and publicity, membership activities
  • Commercial galleries and auction houses
  • Corporate art collections, private collections
  • Practicing fine artist
  • Interior designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Architect
  • Art Law
  • Art Therapy
  • Graduate studies: Medical illustration, computer gaming and animation, Ph.D. studies in contemporary art history, Sotheby's graduate study
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Majors and Minors Offered

For advising and more information, please contact:

Lisa Bixenstine Safford, Professor and Department Chair

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  • Gelbke Art