Department of School of Art and Design

Careers in Art and Design

There are many careers and opportunities for creative and industrious individuals in the fields of art and design, and a variety of paths to travel in order to get to one type of employment or another. The northern New Jersey/New York City metropolitan area in which the school is located is home to many design firms, manufacturing facilities, art studios, galleries, museums, and discipline-related retail establishments – as well as being an established and fertile ground for entrepreneurial start-up businesses. Furthermore, the undergraduate programs in the School of Art + Design provide excellent preparation for a number of different career-defining professional programs at the graduate level including art (M.F.A.), education (M.S. Ed.) law (J.D.), business (M.B.A.), and architecture (M. Arch.). The following lists are not meant to be exclusionary or limiting, they merely provide an idea of some of the areas of specialization and employment that are possible with degrees from the various programs within the School of Art + Design.

Digital Design:

  • Game Design
  • Web Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Video or Film Production
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Animation and/or Special Effects
  • Virtual Set Design
  • Digital Special Effects
  • Education
  • Communication Design
  • Technical Illustration and Scientific Visualization
  • Advertising/Marketing/Business
  • Sales/Electronic Commerce
  • Educational Software Design
  • Interactive Art Installation

Sub-fields within Motion Picture Industry

  • Technical Directors
  • Environment (Virtual Set) Design
  • Character Design
  • Character Modelers
  • Character/Model Rigging
  • Concept Illustrator
  • Colorists
  • Compositors
  • Special Effects/Particle Effects/Explosions
  • Special Effects/Fluid Dynamics/Water
  • Rotoscope/Paint Artist
  • Lighter and Compositer
  • VFX Artist
  • Texturing Artist
  • Previsualization Artist
  • Digital Props/Assets Design & Modeling
  • Hair and Fur Specialists
  • Trailer Production
  • Pre-Visualization
  • Film Editing

Industrial Design

  • Toy Design/Playground Design
  • Furniture Design
  • Equipment Design
  • Electronic/Product Design
  • Exhibit Design
  • Retail
  • Point-of-Sales and Package Design
  • Transportation Design
  • Sporting Equipment Design
  • Apparel Design
  • Manufacturing Process Design and Management
  • Information Communications Design

Interior Design

  • Commercial Interior Design
  • Residential Interior Design
  • Hospitality Design (Hotels, Casinos, Restaurants,…)
  • Theater and Set Design
  • Space Planning
  • Retail (Furniture, Home Improvement)
  • Sales/Manufacturer’s Representative to Building Industry
  • Interior Architecture
  • Furniture Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Architecture – with 2 to 3 years for Professional Degree, Master in Architecture (M. Arch.)

Completion of the B.A. in Interior Design, coupled with fulfillment of internship requirements, qualifies candidates to take the national NCIDQ examination for certification as an interior designer.

In addition to fulfilling the educational needs of a prospective interior designer, the B.A. in Interior Design is organized to facilitate the pursuit of a professional degree in architecture at the graduate level (M. Arch.). An overlap between required courses for Interior Design at NJIT and the architectural programs (e.g. structures, environmental control systems) allows for completion of the professional program in 2 to 3 years depending on expertise, and courses taken as an undergraduate. Admission to the graduate program at NJIT requires the maintenance of a 3.0 (“B”) grade point average, one year each of Calculus and Physics (with lab), taking the Graduate Record Exams (GRE), and submission of a portfolio. Design electives may be used to take courses that can be used towards placement in graduate programs (e.g. architectural history, building performance). Note that it is possible to pursue, and a number students have pursued and achieved, the M. Arch. degree at other institutions after receiving the B.A. in Interior Design at NJIT.