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Industry: Arts, Media, Communications and Entertainment

Do you see yourself as expressive, original, creative, and independent? Does a structured environment sound boring to you? Then, this is the page you are looking for! Careers in Arts, Media, Communications, and Entertainment offer opportunities to use written and verbal communication, creative expression, and diverse mediums to convey meaning and information to audiences. We invite you to explore this cluster to determine if it is a good fit for you and leverage our resources to launch your job, internship, or graduate school search.

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Example Career Paths and Job Titles 

2D/3D & 4D Animator

Archivist

Artist

Arts Administrator

Arts and Cultural Planner

Art Curator

Art Director

Art Therapist

Game Designer

Graphic Designer

Illustrator

Multimedia Designer

Museum Director

Painter

Photography

Printmaker

Set/Stage designer

Web Designer

Media

Director

Editor

Photo Journalist

Producer

Reporter

Studio Technician

TV/Radio Host

Public Relations

Account/Brand Manager

Account Executive

Community Relations/Outreach

Communications Officer

Crisis Manager

Media Coordinator

Publicist

Public Affairs Officer

Public Relations Officer

SEO/Search Marketing/Analyst

Social Media Manager

Writing 

Author

Blogger

Copy Editor

Copy Writer

Editor

Freelance Writer

Literary Agent

Poem Writer

Publisher

Technical Writer

Writing Tutor

Film & Performing Arts

Actor

Agent

Camera Operator

Casting Director

Comedian

Creative Director

Critic

Dancer/ Choreographer

Film & Video Editors

Film Market Researcher

Gaffer

Location/Set Manager

Makeup Artist

Music/ Film/ TV Producer

Music Director/Composer

Musician/Singer

Screenwriter

Fashion

Colorist

Creative Designer

Embroiderer

Fashion Designer

Merchandiser

Pattern Maker

Production Planner

Stylist

Trend Forecaster

Career Resources

Use this section to learn about student organizations you can join at UT as well as local platforms to learn more about this industry, network with professionals and peers with similar interests, and build transferable skills.

Arts & Design

Media & Public Relations

  • Gain valuable production and broadcasting experience at The Volunteer Channel
  • Write for the School of Journalism and Electronic Media’s online news website, The Tennessee Journalist
  • Gain radio experience at UT’s own radio station, WUTK Radio
  • Write and take photos for stories or create digital media
  • PRSSA

Freelance

Film & Performing Arts

Use this section to find out about professional associations and institutes within this industry. Many have student membership options and joining a professional organization can be a great way to learn about the industry and network. In addition, many have their own job listings page.

Writing 

Film & Performing Arts

Fashion & Freelance

Many graduate school resources can be found on our Prepare for Graduate School website, including deciding on graduate school, resumes, letters of recommendation, and admissions essays/personal statements. Graduate School Applications take time and will require roughly 6-9 months of preparation.
The key to a successful graduate program in Arts, Media, Communications, and Entertainment will be deciding on the right program. You will likely need to research the details of the programs to see what they offer and to identify their requirements. Regardless, you will want to work on having a good portfolio that will aid your graduate application process. Below are some examples of graduate programs:

  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree program. Schools provide a wide variety of MFA programs including creative writing, photography, illustration, interior, industrial design, and graphic design.
  • Master of Arts in Communications is designed to analyze the ways in which people create, use and interpret the different forms of media. Depending on the school, students can pursue a specialization in advertising, journalism, public relations, film, and television, in addition to several other media-related options.
  • Master of Arts in Film Studies mainly for those interested in the history and theory of filmmaking.
  • Master of Fine Arts in Producing for Cinema-Television. Those interested in Broadcasting can pursue this. In a track of this nature, courses will cover the pre-and post-production aspects of this field, such as video making, cinematography, production, screenwriting, directing, editing and sound.