Career Development

Arts and Creative Professions

Whether you’re interested in being a performer or artist, producing films and television shows, working in fashion, being a curator, or something else entirely, professions in arts and creative industries include a variety of possible career pathways and roles.

The brilliant-hued Ladies move to the rhythms of Ntozake Shange’s classic choreopoem for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf – 2017.
The brilliant-hued Ladies move to the rhythms of Ntozake Shange’s classic choreopoem for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf – 2017.
Photo credit: John Seyfried

The journey is rarely linear, because each person’s pathway is unique and filled with various experiences along the way (just like creativity itself).  Success in the creative fields requires more than raw talent. It also takes skills in communication, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and networking—that is, the skills you’re developing as an Oberlin student.

Possible Paths

From graphic design to film, you will apply your creative vision to myriad tasks and organizations, whether it is a nonprofit, a private company, or your own business. You might be surprised at the variety of opportunities and employers in this sector. Our internships will cover fields such as:

Arts and Design

  • Dance
  • Design
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Photography
  • Theater
  • Visual arts
  • Fashion
  • Museums and Galleries

Creativity

  • Animation
  • Comic books and graphic novels
  • Communications
  • Film
  • Media and entertainment
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Recording
  • Publishing
  • Radio and podcasts
  • Producing

Take advantage of all the jobs. leadership roles, and others opportunities that are available to you on-campus or in the Oberlin community.  This can be a great way to explore your interests, develop your skills, and build experience that can transfer to your career journey after Oberlin.

Connect with alumni through Wisr, Oberlin's student-alumni networking platform. Join the Career Community for Arts and Creative Professions to engage with members from all over the world in various arts and creative fields.

Joining a professional association as a student or alumni is a great step to take in your career journey. Professional associations can give you access to job and internship databases, keep you up-to-date on information and news related to your career industry of interest, and connect you to a wonderful network of professionals in your field. We recommend following the association on LinkedIn as well to receive their content in your newsfeed and begin networking with other members on the platform!

Performing Arts - Dance

Performing Arts - Music

Performing Arts - Theater

Visual and Digital Arts

Entertainment

Fashion

Publishing/Journalism/Media

Arts Education and Therapy


Arts & Creative Jobs & Internships

Below is a sampling of jobs and internships currently posted for Obies. Log in to Handshake to see all of the available opportunities in Arts and Creative fields.