Visual Arts: Life After Fordham

Alumni at Provincetown International Film Festival

Fordham alumni Cary Kehayan (back) and Theo LeGro (center) celebrate the screening of Kehayan’s film In Search of Avery Willard at the Provincetown International Film Festival

Jobs, jobs, jobs. Today, the arts and culture industry contributes more than $700 billion annually to the U.S. economy. And it’s grown by over 30% in the past two decades, outpacing many other sectors. What’s more, many fields outside the creative economy are now recognizing the importance of visual literacy and are actively seeking employees with an arts education.

In the Visual Arts Department, we understand that creative problem solving, critical thinking, and keen observation skills are key to your success in the job market, regardless of the field you enter. And our location in the epicenter of the arts capital of the world means at-your-fingertips access to hundreds of institutions, organizations, and businesses that put a premium on visual savvy.

Our Visual Arts graduates have found homes at many prominent organizations, institutions, and businesses, including:

  • The New York Times
  • Random House
  • Art in America magazine
  • Artnet
  • inStyle magazine
  • NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
  • NYC Department of Design and Construction
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design
  • Montessori Schools
  • Teach for America
  • Frog Design
  • Apple
  • Google
  • Tiffany & Co
  • MetLife
  • DirectTV
  • HBO
  • Comedy Central
  • The Stephen Colbert Show
  • BBC Television
  • MTV
  • ABC
  • Harlem Stage
  • Luhring Augustine Gallery
  • Galerie Lelong
  • Anthology Film Archives
  • Miramax

Many others have been accepted at top graduate programs, including:

  • California College of the Arts
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cornell University
  • Harvard University
  • Hunter College
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Oxford University
  • Parsons School of Design
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Royal College of Art
  • Rutgers University
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • School of Visual Arts
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Virginia
  • Yale University
Alumna Painting at Foley Gallery

Fordham alumna Amie Cunat paints a wall piece for her exhibition Clue, Cue, at the Foley gallery on the Lower East Side in New York

Work by our graduates has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, MoCA Los Angeles, the Hammer Museum, and New York galleries including Leslie Heller, Elizabeth Harris, Foley, Hionas, and Elizabeth Dee; screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the Rotterdam Film Festival, the New Orleans Film Festival, and Anthology Film Archives; and published in The New York Times. Our graduates have been awarded prestigious residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Vermont Studio Center, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, and the Headlands Center for the Arts, and have received fellowships and awards including the Fulbright, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Fellowship, and Best Short Film at the Sundance Film Festival.

No matter your interests, there’s a place for you in the creative economy.