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Art - After Graduation

The art program at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) has taught skilled artists, curators, and designers for many decades. Here are just a few of the career opportunities available to you after graduation.

Future Careers

MHCC Career Coaches are here to help you explore your career options after graduation. Below are a few common paths graduates can pursue.

Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

As an artist, you will use materials such as pens and ink, watercolors, charcoal, oil, computer software, or anything else you can think of to create artwork.

Commercial and Industrial Designers

In roles such as these, you will modify and refine designs, using working models, to conform with customer specifications, production limitations, or changes in design trends.

Fashion Designers

Fashion designers sketch rough and detailed drawings of apparel or accessories, and write specifications such as color schemes, construction, material types, and accessory requirements.

Art Directors

As an art director, you will be responsible for presenting final layouts to clients for approval and reviewing and approving art materials, copy materials, and proofs of printed copy developed by staff members.


Archivists research and record the origins and historical significance of archival materials. They also create and maintain accessible, retrievable computer archives and databases, incorporating current advances in electronic information storage technology.


As a curator, you are responsible for studying, examining, and testing acquisitions to authenticate their origin, composition, history, and to assess their current value. You will also inspect premises to assess the need for repairs and to ensure that climate and pest control issues are addressed.

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Job Boards

Here are places to search for current openings at organizations that hire for your skill set.

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