Career Options

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Many students interested in applying to the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design  are faced with questions from their parents and friends such as: “What are you going to do with a degree in the arts?”

A degree from AMPD, and the collaborative problem solving skills it will develop, offers students the best path to success.  Their creativity is in critical demand across all industries, from the arts, engineering and technology, to business, entertainment and public service, and this demand will only grow.

Direct career paths include performer, visual artist, filmmaker, musician, actor, curator, and arts administrator. We have decades of graduates who have forged successful careers in these fields.

Other AMPD alumni are now researchers, writers and teachers who share their love of the arts with others through their work, and are educating a new generation of talented artists and arts scholars.

As a AMPD student, you will develop skills that are applicable to many different fields. When asked to list the qualities and skills they most value in their employees, employers identify:

  • the ability to think creatively
  • the ability to work collaboratively
  • the ability to problem-solve effectively.
In AMPD, we work this way all the time. Teamwork is a fact of life for artists, whether the task is preparing for a performance, directing a film or mounting an exhibition.

There are other qualities that make AMPD graduates special:

  • Artists are passionate about what they do.
  • They understand that a deadline is a deadline (think of the opening of a show).
  • They are self-motivated and self-disciplined.
Taken together, these abilities, skills and qualities constitute a fantastic foundation for professional success. So if you’re wondering about the career prospects for a AMPD graduate, be confident about the possibilities!