Arts, Media, and Communications Cluster
Is creativity one of your hallmark attributes?
Many industries seek stand-out creatives in the arts, in media, and in communications.
- Graphic Designer
- Public Relations Manager
- Advertising Sales Agent
- Scenic Designer
- Special Events Coordinator
- Art History, B.A.
- English–Creative Writing Concentration, B.A.
- English–Literature Concentration, B.A.
- Economics & Business B.A.
- Classical Studies, B.A.
- Music, B.A.
- Music–Music Composition, B.A.
- Studio Art, B.A.
- Theatre, B.A.
**These are just some of the more common majors for this career cluster. Any major could potentially obtain work in these fields.
The following are just a few courses that you might consider while exploring the Arts, Media, and Communications pathway. Please note that course numbers and titles are subject to change. Consult the Course Catalog for current course information.
- MUS 110–Music Theory I (1)
- SOC 101–Sociological Thinking (1) OR SOC 102 - Topics in Sociological Thinking (1)
- ANT 101–Cultural Anthropology (1)
- ENG 201–Introduction to Literary Studies (1)
- ENG 202–Introduction to Film Studies (1)
- ENG 215–Introduction to Creative Writing (1)
- THE 115–Basic Acting (1)
- ART 100–Topics: Introduction to Ceramic Pottery (1)
General information about off-campus study, travel abroad, passport applications, and affiliated and non-affiliated study abroad programs are available from the Office of International and Off-Campus Studies. Students may participate in multiple off-campus study opportunities during their career at Cornell. In order to be eligible to participate in any off-campus study at Cornell, students must:
- have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (unless a higher grade point average is specified)
- be in good disciplinary standing with the College
- be in good financial standing with the College
- American Alliance of Museums
- Americans for the Arts
- Actors Equity Association
- National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians, Communications Workers of America
- TV and Broadcast Employment Services
- Association for Women in Communications
- National Communication Association
- Society for Technical Communication
- Society of Professional Journalism
- American Marketing Association
Recent internship sites:
- Creede Repertory Theatre, Creede, CO
- Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA
- Ventures Non-Profit, Seattle, WA
- Global Zero, Washington D.C.
- University of Iowa, Iowa Labor Center, Iowa City, IA
- Iowa Watch, Iowa City, IA
- Barbershop Harmony Society, Nashville, TN
- Puppet Kitchen, New York City, NY
- African American Museum of Iowa, Cedar Rapids, IA
Job search resources:
US Dept. of Labor resources:
Fellowships and scholarships:
Use the “See Alumni” button on the Cornell College page on LinkedIn to view alumni by major, geographic location, industry, etc.
- Patron services associate, Creede Repertory Theatre, Creede, Colorado
- Operations manager, Orchestra Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
- Actor and director, Missoula Children’s Theatre, Missoula, Montana
- Technical director, Westford Academy Theater Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
- Audience services manager, Windy City Playhouse, Chicago, Illinois
- Lighting and controls project manager, BMI Supply, Queensbury, New York
- Marketing associate, Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago, Illinois
- Education outreach coordinator, Writers Theatre, Chicago, Illinois
- Light-board programmer, Broadway/TV, New York City, New York
- Costume Coordinator, “Gotham,” FOX Television, New York City, New York
- Associate production manager, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, Illinois
- Guest services, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
- Academic outreach coordinator, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California
- Gallery assistant, Douglas Dawson Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
- Marketing director, Mind Over Matter Studio Method, Chesterton, Indiana
- Installation technician, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Should I earn a postgraduate degree?
This depends on your career goals and what you'd like to practice:
- Master’s programs are designed to expand and deepen the knowledge and skills acquired as an undergraduate.
- Although a graduate degree is not required for arts careers, individuals may pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) or apply to music/arts conservatories to earn more credibility and strengthen their skills.
- Master of Science or Arts (MS or MA) in Journalism
- Master of Science (MS) or Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Film, Radio, & Television
- Doctoral (DBA) or PhD programs are generally designed for people primarily interested in research or careers in academia.