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. 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 Stamps students, 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.
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.
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.
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:
Career Development events, including Portfolio Expo and Career Bootcamp
Alumni critique visits
And other university initiatives that leverage the U‑M network of 575,000+ alums world-wide.
Learn more at the Stamps Career Development Canvas site and in the Stamps Curriculum Through a Career Development Lens PDF.
Stamps Students Have Interned With…
- American Greetings
- Ann Arbor Film Festival
- Anna Sui Corp.
- Arnold Worldwide
- Band of Angels
- Betsey Johnson
- 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
- 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
- NBC News
- New Line Cinema
- 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
- Warner Music Group
- Whitney Museum of American Art
- And more…