Creative, Design & Performing Arts

This Career Community is focused on the many different areas students can pursue in fields of creative and arts. Browse blogs for career advice, look at resources for job and internship leads and watch videos profiling unique roles and occupations.

    View a sample of professional titles related to this major

    Visit My Next Move to browse for arts-related occupations by keyword or industry.

    • Actors, musicians and singers
    • Architects
    • Art directors
    • Camera Operators, Television, Video, & Film
    • Curators
    • Fashion designers
    • Graphic designers
    • Interior designers
    • Multimedia artists and animators
    • Music directors
    • Photographers
    • Poets, lyricists, and creative writers
    • Producers & Directors
    • Set and exhibit designers

    Need help exploring your career options? Take the Focus 2 assessment to search for occupations that fit with your interests, values, skills, and personality. Then speak with a Career Specialist about the results.

    Check out arts-related MU majors, minors and certificates

    Please visit Majors@Mizzou and browse this site by career interests, occupation and by School or College. Remember, these are just a few examples of degree programs. A wide variety of MU majors can lead to a successful and satisfying career in creative and arts.

    • Architectural Studies
    • Art
    • Art (Graphic Design)
    • Art (Photography)
    • Art History
    • Communication
    • Digital Storytelling
    • English
    • Film Studies
    • History
    • Journalism
    • Music
    • Textile and Apparel Management
    • Theatre

    Another helpful tool is the What Can I Do With This Major site where you can connect academic majors to common career paths and see typical employers that hire those majors.

    Learn how to have career conversations to find possible career paths 
    Discover the unique career paths of fellow Tigers
    • Use LinkedIn to see what thousands of Mizzou alumni are doing with their degrees.
    • Explore the Career Outcomes web page to see what recent MU graduates are doing and where they are living.


How to Become a Fashion Buyer

If you’re passionate about fashion but more interested in the business side than the design side, then chances are you’ve already started researching different merchandising roles and wondering whether becoming a fashion buyer might be right for you. To find …

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Types of Internships for Arts Majors

As an arts major, you may be wondering how your passion for art factors into the real world. The good news is that because of the many and varied skills you develop during your major, there are a lot of …

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What Can You Do With A Performing Arts Degree?

By Sabrina Collier

Original Article

If you studied performing arts, you might be dreaming of taking to the stage to perform for a living. However, the skills you’ve gained during your degree haven’t just prepared you for roles in theater, …

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Her Designs are Rad

Georgi Gnibus is making the most of her Mizzou education. Not only is she pursuing a law degree, she also is cutting her entrepreneurial teeth as the owner of a sustainable fashion shop, called Rad by Design, in the MU …

By Mavis Chan
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4 Career Lessons from Janelle Monáe

The multitalented singer, songwriter, actor, performer, producer, and activist Janelle Monáe has had a busy quarantine. In addition to fighting food insecurity amid the Covid-19 pandemic and starring in the second season of Amazon’s Homecoming, the eight-time Grammy-nominated artist was …

By Derek Loosvelt - Firsthand
We help applicants, students, job-seekers and professionals like you find the right career path using the power of firsthand experiences.
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Focus 2 Am I Career Ready?

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SSC 1150: College Success Seminar

This 2-credit hour course is intended to assist exploring students in making purposeful academic and life decisions that lead to…

SSC 2100: Career Explorations

 The goal of this course is to help students explore what to major in, what they can do with their…

Creative, Design & Performing Arts Exploration Courses

Below are a list of introductory and exploration courses for students interested in creative, design and performing arts. This list…

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