Program Overview

Program Requirements 


Further studies

Many graduate programs are available for people with an undergraduate degree interested in expanding their knowledge, specializing or conducting research. Many graduate programs are offered by the University of Ottawa. 


Potential occupations

Universities studies lead to multiple occupations. Furthermore, certain professions require talent, special aptitudes, additional skills and experience beyond degrees themselves. 

In order to list your choices, visit the Job Bank Canada website and, using the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, view job postings, wages, employment prospects and other important information that can help you make a decision. The occupations found below are examples derived from the National Occupational Classification.


Occupations related to this program


Painters, sculptors and other visual artists

  • Artist
  • Painter
  • Sculptor
  • Video artist


Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations

  • Art educator
  • Artist agent
  • Artistic agent


Graphic designers and illustrators

  • Advertising artist
  • Caricaturist
  • Cartoonist
  • Graphic artist
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator



  • Evidence photographer
  • Multimedia picture illustrator
  • Photographer
  • Photojournalist


Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers

  • Exhibit designer
  • Fashion designer
  • Fishing lure designer
  • Set designer
  • Theatre designer


Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries

  • Cataloguer
  • Frame fitter
  • Museum interpreter
  • Preparator
  • Registrar


Conservators and curators

  • Conservator
  • Curator



  • Fine arts archivist


Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers

  • Art gallery manager
  • Museum manager


Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training

  • Assistant dean
  • Dean
  • Faculty administrator


Acquiring experience

Experience is acquired by participating and trying new personal, educational and professional activities, where it is possible to discover preferences, increase confidence and improve skills. As for professional experience, it is acquired through volunteering, internships, self-employment and full-time or part-time jobs. In addition to developing these skills, performing work related to your program of study can strengthen your expertise and increase your employability.


Volunteer opportunities

In addition to providing an opportunity to apply theories and knowledge learned during your university studies outside the classroom, in real world situations, volunteering is a way to help the community and its many organizations. Community engagement services help students to contribute to their community by participating in projects that are related to their program of study.


Potential employers

The following examples of employers can offer internships or employment opportunities related to students program of studies. It is also useful to browse potential employers website to learn about the culture, read job postings and keep up to date with the latest development.

  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Monart Art School of Ottawa
  • National Arts Centre - NAC
  • National Gallery of Canada - NGC
  • Ottawa Art Gallery
  • School of the Photographic Arts
  • Art Gallery of Ontario - AGO
  • AXS Biomedical Animation Studio
  • Breakthrough Entertainment
  • Living Arts Centre
  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection
  • National Film Board of Canada
  • Ontario Arts Council
  • Action Art Actuel
  • Behaviour Interactive
  • Bluberi
  • Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec - CALQ
  • Frima Studio
  • Hibernum Creations
  • Montréal, arts interculturels - MAI
  • Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
  • Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
  • Art Gallery of Alberta - AGA
  • Art Gallery of Burlington
  • Art Gallery of Sudbury
  • Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
  • Atomic Cartoons
  • Banff Centre
  • Saskatchewan Arts Board
  • Southern Alberta Art Gallery
  • The Arts Connection
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • YMM Art Space


Job search resources

The job search resources are designed to stimulate networking activities, develop marketing strategies and facilitate access to job postings. Networking events offer employers the opportunity to learn about the available workforce, and they give students a chance to be considered in the recruitment process. Career Development Centre offers helpful tips on networking, interview preparation techniques and different tools that can also be used to help with the preparation of resumés and cover letters.

Professional organizations

Examples of professional organizations, presented by location, provide essential information on professional development opportunities and networking activities, the examples can also provide access to publications and job opportunities. They are great source of information.

  • Alberta Society of Artists - ASA
  • BC Alliance for Arts + Culture
  • Art Dealers Association of Canada
  • Association acadienne des artistes professionnels du Nouveau-Brunswick - AAAPNB
  • Association of Canadian Cartoonists
  • Bureau des regroupements des artistes visuels de l'Ontario - BRAVO
  • Calgary Professional Art Alliance - CPAA
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Canadian Association Performing Arts
  • Canadian Artists Representation - CARFAC
  • Canadian Association for Photographic Art - CAPA
  • Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators
  • Canadian Conference of the Arts - CCA
  • Canadian Crafts Federation - CCF
  • Canadian Society for Education through Art - CSEA
  • Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour - CSPWC
  • Centrale des artistes
  • Conseil des métiers d'art du Québec - CMAQ
  • Contemporary Art Galleries Association
  • Cultural Human Resources Council
  • Federation of Canadian Artists - FCA
  • Illustration Québec
  • Independent Media Arts Alliance - IMAA
  • Manitoba Arts Council
  • Manitoba Society of Artists - MSA
  • Metal Arts Guild of Canada
  • Pastel Artists.CA
  • Ontario Arts Council - OAC
  • Ontario Society of Artists
  • Ottawa Art Association - OAA
  • Visual Arts Nova Scotia - VANS
  • Women's Art Association of Canada





Date modified: 2022-08-09