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Career preparation is a critical component to the Stamps School experience. We can’t wait to see where your creative future takes you.

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The Stats: Stamps Grads + Cre­ative Careers 

Data from the Strate­gic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) sug­gests that indi­vid­u­als who work in design and the arts report some of the high­est lev­els of job sat­is­fac­tion in Amer­i­ca. That’s great news for the approx­i­mate­ly 84% of Stam­pers who end up work­ing in the cre­ative indus­tries post-grad­u­a­­tion. How does this stat stack up to oth­er under­grad­u­ate pro­grams on a nation­al scale? Nation­wide, 74% of indi­vid­u­als who pur­sued a cre­ative path in their under­grad­u­ate stud­ies end up work­ing in their field of study at some point, show­ing just how hun­gry 21st Cen­tu­ry employ­ers may be for a cre­ative workforce. 

For some Stam­pers, grad­u­ate school plays a crit­i­cal next step” in their future. About 7% of Stamps under­grads opt to imme­di­ately go on to grad­u­ate school to deepen their cre­ative prac­tice or acquire addi­tional skills.

On aver­age, it takes Stamps grads about six months of active job hunt­ing to land their first out-of-col­lege job. This is on par with the nation­al aver­age. And well worth the wait.

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Career Out­comes

Stamps alumni have landed dream jobs at some of the biggest names in the fields of tech, apparel, ani­ma­tion, adver­tis­ing, pub­lish­ing, and more — includ­ing Apple, Twit­ter, Google, Ama­zon, Net­flix, Nike, Ralph Lau­ren, Warner Broth­ers, Dis­ney, and Ogilvy.

An image showing the logos of companies, including Apple, Twitter, Google, IBM, Ralph Lauren, Nike, Disney, and Netflix.

Stu­dent entre­pre­neur­ial efforts include:

  • I started my own busi­ness in color cor­rec­tion for fea­ture films.
  • I spent a year in the Peace Corps doing graphic design in Zambia.
  • I’m now the founder & chief designer of Plae, a com­pany that designs cus­tomiz­able children’s shoes.
  • I am a fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher in New York, New York. My pho­tos have been in Elle, Cosmo, Sev­en­teen, Sur­face, and Glit­terati magazines.
  • I opened a paint­ing stu­dio in Detroit and sell my work at national galleries.
  • I am the arts coor­di­na­tor at an after­school youth program.
  • I’m an art con­sul­tant with the Car­rie Fell Gallery in Vail, Col­orado, where I also get to ski and snowboard.
  • I cre­ated a designer cloth­ing brand that pro­duces hand-dyed and embroi­dered apparel.

Learn more about the cre­ative paths stu­dents choose after Stamps by read­ing our Alumni News.

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Career Prepa­ra­tion

The fact that Stamps grads secure highly cov­eted cre­ative jobs at a higher-than-aver­age national rate is in no way acci­den­tal. The Stamps School has a num­ber of ini­tia­tives that pre­pare stu­dents for their post-col­lege career paths, including: 

Learn more at the Stamps Career Devel­op­ment Can­vas site and in the Stamps Cur­ricu­lum Through a Career Devel­op­ment Lens PDF.

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Stamps Stu­dents Have Interned With…

  • Amer­i­can Greetings
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival 
  • Anna Sui Corp. 
  • Anthro­polo­gie
  • Apple
  • Arnold World­wide
  • Art­sAl­liance
  • Band of Angels
  • Bet­sey Johnson
  • Bio­lu­mina
  • Camp­bell-Ewald
  • Coach
  • Conde Nast
  • Cran­brook Art Museum 
  • Domes­tic Vio­lence Project, Inc. 
  • Doner Adver­tis­ing
  • Donghia Fur­ni­ture & Textile 
  • Dun­can Fuller Interiors 
  • Elle Mag­a­zine
  • Endgame Enter­tain­ment
  • Food Net­work Magazine 
  • For­eign Pol­icy Magazine 
  • GE Med­ical Systems 
  • Gen­eral Motors Design Center 
  • Gior­gio Armani
  • Glac­ier National Park 
  • Glam­our Magazine
  • Graphis
  • Hearst Design Group
  • IDL Mer­chan­dis­ing Solutions 
  • Inner Con­cept Media Studio 
  • Inter­lochen Arts Camp
  • J Wal­ter Thompson
  • Liz Clai­borne, Inc.
  • Mad Mag­a­zine
  • Mars Adver­tis­ing
  • Mass. Audubon Soci­ety MOCAD
  • Moose­jaw Moun­taineer­ing MTS Seating
  • MTV Net­works
  • NBA
  • NBC News
  • New Line Cinema
  • Nick­elodeon
  • The New Museum
  • Pixel/​Starcom MediaVest 
  • Pro­teus Design
  • Pub­li­cis Hong Kong
  • Saatchi and Saatchi (Tai­wan)
  • San Diego Union Tribune 
  • Super­fly Presents
  • Sur­face Magazine
  • The Rock­port Company
  • Toledo Museum of Art
  • U‑M Matthaei Botan­i­cal Gardens
  • Vogue
  • Warner Music Group
  • Whit­ney Museum of Amer­i­can Art 
  • And more…
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