Career Services

Companies that have hired our graduates

Abercrombie & Fitch
Adidas Group
American Greetings
BLIZZARD Entertainment
Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners
California Academy of Sciences
CBS Interactive
Christian Dior
Diane von Furstenberg
Disney Interactive
Disney Mobile
Disney–ABC Television Group
DreamWorks Animation SKG
Dwell Magazine
E! Entertainment
Electronic Arts
Ford Motor Company
Gap Inc.
Gilt Groupe
HarperCollins Publishers
Hirsch Bedner Associates
Landor Associates
Levi Strauss & Co.
Louis Vuitton
Lucasfilm Ltd.
McCann Worldgroup
Modern Eden Gallery
Paramount Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios
Restoration Hardware
Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Samsung Electronics
San Francisco Design Center
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Shutterfly Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Sony Computer Entertainment America
Specialized Bicycle Components

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Career Toolkit

The Academy of Art University Career Toolkit guides you through all aspects of career preparation:

  • Resumes
  • Letters
  • References
  • Networking
  • Informational Interviews
  • Employment Interviews
  • Career Toolkit

Online Career Chat Series

Interact with us live or view past chats on job search strategies, digital portfolios, and more.

Recorded Career Development Workshops

Fall 2016 Series

Getting into Games & Animation View Recording

Regardless of Your Major

Do the Hustle View Recording

What You Can Do to Build Your Career NOW

Networking View Recording

How to Start (and Keep Going)

The Business of Fine Art View Recording

Presenting Your Best Self

Spring 2016 Series

Beyond Etsy View Recording

Where else to sell your art online.

Resume Hacks View Recording

Transform yours with 1 tip!

Your Portfolio View Recording

Our best tips from industry insiders.

Fall 2015 Series

Classroom to Career View Recording

Prepare for your profession now!

The Art of Making a Living View Recording

How to make being an artist work for you.

Internships View Recording

Maximize this key career advantage!

Portfolio Do’s and Don’ts View Recording

How to present your best work.

Spring 2015 Series

Grants, Fellowships, Contests & More View Recording

Discover how to secure funding, honors, and more time for your art!

Creating Your Resume, Cover Letter & Artist Statement View Recording
Join our workshop to take your resume, cover letter, and artist statement to the next level.

Nailing the Interview View Recording

Practice answering some frequently asked questions and make a great first impression!

Create Your Online Portfolio View Recording

Your step-by-step guide to getting your work seen on Behance.

Fall 2014 Series

Mentors: Your Lifelong Professional Advisors View Recording

How to find and develop your career’s most meaningful relationships.

Perfect Your Professional Pitch View Recording

Learn exactly what to say when asked about your work and career aspirations.

Jump Start Your Career View Recording

What you can do now to get the most out of your Academy of Art education.

Internships 101 View Recording

Where/how to look for internships, an overview of internships-for-credit, and tips for International Students.

Spring 2014 Series

The Art of Self-Promotion View Recording

Tips to get your art, your work, and yourself out to the world.

Research: The Who, What, Where for Your Career View Recording

Use LinkedIn, Workbook & Facebook to discover your dream gig.

Recruiters Are Online? Are You? View Recording

Your online portfolio is key to getting hired. Our tips to build one in just 30 minutes.

Jobs & Internships: Our Top 10 Tips View Recording

Best strategies to secure entry-level jobs & internships at home, abroad, and virtually.

Fall 2013 Series

Financing Your Million Dollar Idea?with Somebody Else's Money View Recording

Ever wondered how to get your movie/game/app or killer product funded? Alumni share success and advice about Kickstarter and more.

Research: The Who, What & Where to Launch Your Career View Recording

Learn the tricks to successfully find the companies, people, projects and jobs you covet.

Don?t Let Your Fine Art Stay at Home, Put It to Work! View Recording

Insights from Alumni on getting paid to paint, illustrate and take photos. Alumni share their roads to success beyond freelancing.

Are You A Pro or a Shmo? How to Present Yourself Professionally in 5-10 Seconds View Recording

Learn how to present yourself professionally and get your work and yourself noticed by those who matter in your career.

Ever Consider Teaching with Your Art and Design Degree? View Recording

Put your art skills to work in the classroom. Hear from alumni who are teaching in higher education.

Internships: Why You Need to Start Looking Now! View Recording

They're a great way to get experience without having any. You could land a job at your dream company by learning how to prepare for upcoming internship opportunities.

Spring 2013 Series

Internships: The Inside Scoop View Recording

Why intern? Get the inside scoop about finding, securing and succeeding in an internship. Guest alumni Q&A!

Networking: It's Easier Than You Think! View Recording

Learn from the best! Alumni talk about career success made easier by networking.

Write Like a Pro: Emails, Resumes, Thank-Yous and More! View Recording

Learn how to contact your dream company and other tips to write well.

Behance: Your Online Portfolio Made Easy View Recording

Help employers find you! Learn Behance to get your digital portfolio seen.

Social Media: Your Key to Virtual Networking View Recording

Alumni panelists share tips on using social media as professional artists.

Interviewing: an Art You Can Master! View Recording

Polish & prepare for portfolio reviews and meeting industry professionals.

Fall 2012 Series

All About Internships View Recording

Learn from our VIP Alumni panel about finding and landing an internship that will help set you up for a dream job in your field!

Getting in a Gallery View Recording

Learn how to get your foot in the door and your art on the wall. Q&A with Alumni.

All About Freelancing View Recording

Get tips from alumni who are successful full-time freelance professionals.

Online Student & Alumni Mixers

Acting, Motion Pictures & Television, Music Production & Sound Design View Recording

Advertising View Recording

Animation: 2D, Illustration View Recording

Animation: 3D/VFX View Recording

Architecture, Interior Arch. & Design, Landscape Architecture View Recording

Fashion: Design, Merchandising, Journalism View Recording

Fine Art, Art Education View Recording

Game Design View Recording

Industrial Design View Recording

Photography View Recording

Web Design & New Media View Recording

Industry on Campus

We create enduring partnerships with established and emerging companies, artists and designers that support all majors. We work with executives, recruiters, creative leaders and alumni nationwide to cultivate meaningful affiliations that foster connections to a dynamic professional network. Each semester we host top partners for industry panels, company presentations, in class lectures, portfolio review sessions and interviews.

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Get to know our world-class staff and see why we’re one of the top arts universities in the country.

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