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Careers in Design

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Design majors cultivate talents that make them desirable in numerous professions. Many careers directly involve design work, but a graduate from a liberal arts program in design enters the workforce with a highly developed sense of aesthetics, an aptitude for working alone or as part of a team, and the abilities to exercise critical judgment and respond positively to criticism.

Graduates also have valuable experience in planning projects and seeing them through to completion. These qualities are highly sought after by many employers. Some design graduates, particularly those in the Crafts areas, maintain studios from which they exhibit or sell their work.

Design majors are prepared for careers in businesses that require design or art professionals. Advertising, fashion, publishing, e-commerce, and consumer product industries all required designers/artists to create, contribute to, or package their products.

Graduates have been hired as ceramic designers, jewelry designers, textile designers, furniture designers, model makers, package designers, type designers, graphic designers, web page designers, consultants for industry as lab technicians, model makers, sales representatives, public relations, production manager, product designers; teachers or administrators for schools, art schools, art centers, college/university, continuing education programs, museum, gallery, arts council, or government agencies. Others have gone on to working for arts publications, curators, art librarians, restorers, gallery director/owners, art/craft promoters. Design majors may become self-employed as freelance designers or maintain studios from which they produce, exhibit and sell work.

Additionally, a design degree from Buffalo State prepares our students for graduate programs in their chosen discipline.  


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Art & Design Department

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Upton Hall 402 •  Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6032 •  Fax: (716) 878-4231