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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.

Visual Studies

Students develop conceptual understanding in the visual arts; a foundation of knowledge and practice of artistic self-sufficiency; and the creative processes of planning needed to carry out their various studio interests.

Key Skills & Knowledge

Art recognition and interpretation: Appreciate and promote aesthetics; compare and contrast works of art.

Organizational: Manage multiple projects simultaneous; possess a high level of discipline and internally motivated work ethic; organize information and materials; careful attention to detail and observation skills.

Creativity: Possess a strong grasp of the creative process; artistic conveyance of ideas; abstract conceptualization; knowledge of popular culture and artistic events.

Communication: Strong skills in artistic and written expression; adapt ideas to different audiences; think clearly and form arguments, present theories and ideas in visual formats; convey complex information and emotions.

Interpersonal: Working as part of a team; comfortable with scrutiny and criticism; feel at ease in new situations.

Qualitative and quantitative research and writing skills: Understand history and interpret cultures, evaluate research results and present findings; think critically and analytically.

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Advertising Designer
  • Architect
  • Art Director
  • Art Therapist
  • Artist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Editor
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Cultural Events Planner
  • Curator
  • Designer
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Display Designer
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Historical Preservation Co-ordinator
  • Illustrator
  • Museum Coordinator
  • Photographer
  • Printmaker
  • Prop Building
  • Sculptor
  • Textile Designer
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Visual Arts Consultant

Potential Industries

  • Advertising Firms
  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Art & Design
  • Art Conservation
  • Art Galleries
  • Art Therapy
  • Arts Administration
  • Auction Houses
  • Cartooning
  • Communications
  • Community Centres
  • Computer Graphics/Special Effects
  • Drafting
  • Editing
  • Education
  • Graphic Art
  • Hospitals and Health Care
  • Marketing & Promotions
  • Media – Electronic & Print
  • Medical Illustration
  • Museums
  • Painting
  • Post-Secondary
  • Photography
  • Publishing Houses
  • Sculpting
  • Travel & Tourism

Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.


Key Contacts

Faculty Contact

Arts Students' Centre
Social Sciences Building, SS102
T: 403.220-6318

Student Clubs:

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Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020