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

Disney Mobile - Artist

Big Idea Group, Inc. - Manager Web Development

Duck Girl Art - Owner

Certain Affinity - Senior Artist

Orlando Sentinel - Artist

Titmouse, Inc. - Animation Assistant

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Project Facilitator

Carter’s - Creative Assistant

Press-Register - Graphic and Illustration Artist

Kids II, Inc. - Jr. Product Designer

Blue Ion, LLC - Junior Art Director

Imaging Spectrum - Fine Art Media Specialist

Fairweather Prints - Painter and Designer

CNN - Senior Designer

Advecor Inc - Client Services Coordinator

Janimation - Art Director

American Greetings - Lead Illustrator

The Limu Company - Senior Multimedia Artist & Creative Direction

Whole Foods Market - Marketing Graphic Artist

Robert Cardinal Fine Art - Gallery Artist

Gumo Photography - Illustrator

Academy of Art University - Figure Drawing Instructor & Tutor

Wieden+Kennedy - Interactive Designer

World Wrestling Entertainment - Interactive Designer

The Augusta Chronicle - Graphic Artist

Hasbro - Seniot Product Designer

Lerner Publishing Group - Freelance Children’s book Artist

Aéropostale - Graphic Designer/Illustrator

ReelFX - Designer

Nickelodeon Animation Studios - Production Assistant

Retro Studios - Concept Artist

Aristocrat Technologies - Graphic Designer / Illustrator

Baked FX - Compositing Artis

The Fresh Market Corporate Office - Design Manager

The University of Mississippi - Gallery Coordinator

The Nimbus Factory - Co-owner

Matchwork Studio - Owner

Earth Balance Bags - Illustrator/Graphic Designer

International Academy of Design and Technology - Full Time Faculty

Beall’s, Inc - Product Development Artist

Tampa Bay Times - Times Publishing Co - Illustrator/Graphic Designer

Hallmark Cards - Creative Strategist

Travis Foster Studio - Owner

EOI Apparel - Illustration Lead

Artcraft Engraving & Printing - Graphic Artist

Trader Joe’s - Crew Member & Sign Artist

Heys USA - Product Designer/Developer

Momenta, Inc. - Illustrator