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As with any career path, getting a job is a job. The Center for Career Services’ personnel at Ringling College of Art and Design are available to help students with career preparation when a student seeks assistance.

In addition to talent and persistence, the utilization of the Center for Career Services' programs and resources should result in the first step towards a successful career in the world of art and design.

The list below indicates the types of career paths which could be pursued upon graduation from Ringling College of Art and Design as an Illustration major.

Some of these occupations may require additional training, certification, education or experience. The Center for Career Services can provide information and resources relating to these career options.


Popular Career Options in Illustration:

  1. Editorial Illustration [Magazines, Newspapers, etc.] 
  2. Books [Covers, Children’s] 
  3. Animation [Character Development, Environments, Conceptual] 
  4. Narrative [Cartooning, Comic Books, Graphic Novels]
  5. Fashion
  6. Storyboards [Film, Animation, Television] 
  7. Scientific / Medical [to include Botanical]
  8. Advertising Design
  9. Music/Entertainment
  10. Greeting Cards

Ringling College hosts dozens of recruiters annually from the biggest name companies around the country. While on campus, these recruiters typically offer a presentation open to students in all class years which details what they are looking for in potential new hires. In addition, they review portfolios and interview prospective employees and interns.

Information on upcoming recruiter visits is posted on College Central. Once a student at Ringling College, you can also set up an account on our system to post your resumé, and search the nearly 1,000 jobs listed annually for part-time, full-time, and temporary employment opportunities and internships. There is no cost for this service and the jobsite is also a great benefit to Ringling College alumni – for life!

As a Ringling College student, you can set up an account on our system to post your resumé, and search 1000's of part-time, full-time, freelance, and temporary employment opportunities and internships. There is no cost for this service and our resources are available to you when you become a Ringling College graduate from wherever and whenever needed.

We think you'll agree with dozens of recruiters around the country that Ringling College students and alumni are ready for the workforce!

For more information on careers for Illustration, see the proof.


Some examples of where Illustration Alumni have been hired:

Primary Business Organization Name - Position


Bonitas International - Art/Marketing Director
http://www.bonitasinternational.com/

Disney Mobile - Artist
http://disney.go.com/

Big Idea Group, Inc. - Manager Web Development
http://www.bigideagroup.net/

Duck Girl Art - Owner
http://www.duckgirlart.com/

Certain Affinity - Senior Artist
http://www.certainaffinity.com/

Orlando Sentinel - Artist
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/

Titmouse, Inc. - Animation Assistant
http://www.titmouse.net/

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Project Facilitator
http://www.hmhco.com/

Carter’s - Creative Assistant
http://www.carters.com/

Press-Register - Graphic and Illustration Artist
http://www.press-register.com/

Kids II, Inc. - Jr. Product Designer
http://www.kidsii.com/

Blue Ion, LLC - Junior Art Director
http://www.blueion.com/

Imaging Spectrum - Fine Art Media Specialist
www.imagingspectrum.com

Fairweather Prints - Painter and Designer
http://fairweatherprints.com/

CNN - Senior Designer
http://www.cnn.com/

Advecor Inc - Client Services Coordinator
http://advecor.com/index.html

Janimation - Art Director
http://www.janimation.com/

American Greetings - Lead Illustrator
http://www.americangreetings.com/

The Limu Company - Senior Multimedia Artist & Creative Direction
http://thelimucompany.com/

Whole Foods Market - Marketing Graphic Artist
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/

Robert Cardinal Fine Art - Gallery Artist
http://www.kileycourtgallery.com/

Gumo Photography - Illustrator
http://www.gumophotography.com/

Academy of Art University - Figure Drawing Instructor & Tutor
http://www.academyart.edu/

Wieden+Kennedy - Interactive Designer
http://www.wk.com/

World Wrestling Entertainment - Interactive Designer
http://www.wwe.com/

The Augusta Chronicle - Graphic Artist
http://chronicle.augusta.com/

Hasbro - Seniot Product Designer
http://www.hasbro.com/

Lerner Publishing Group - Freelance Children’s book Artist
https://www.lernerbooks.com/

Aéropostale - Graphic Designer/Illustrator
http://www.aeropostale.com/

ReelFX - Designer
http://www.reelfx.com/

Nickelodeon Animation Studios - Production Assistant
http://www.nick.com/

Retro Studios - Concept Artist
http://retrostudios.com/

Aristocrat Technologies - Graphic Designer / Illustrator
http://www.aristocrat.com.au/

Baked FX - Compositing Artis
http://www.bakedfx.com/

The Fresh Market Corporate Office - Design Manager
http://www.thefreshmarket.com/

The University of Mississippi - Gallery Coordinator
http://www.olemiss.edu/

The Nimbus Factory - Co-owner
http://www.thenimbusfactory.com/

Matchwork Studio - Owner
http://matchworkstudio.com/

Earth Balance Bags - Illustrator/Graphic Designer
http://earthbalancebag.com/

International Academy of Design and Technology - Full Time Faculty
http://www.iadt.edu/

Beall’s, Inc - Product Development Artist
http://www.beallsinc.com/

Tampa Bay Times - Times Publishing Co - Illustrator/Graphic Designer
http://www.tampabay.com/

Hallmark Cards - Creative Strategist
http://www.hallmark.com/

Travis Foster Studio - Owner
http://www.travisfoster.com/

EOI Apparel - Illustration Lead
http://www.eoiapparel.com/

Artcraft Engraving & Printing - Graphic Artist
http://www.copitrak.com/

Trader Joe’s - Crew Member & Sign Artist
http://www.traderjoes.com/

Heys USA - Product Designer/Developer
http://www.heysusa.com/

Momenta, Inc. - Illustrator
http://www.momenta.com/