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Where Are They Now?

Jazz Quartet at DoCha 2017, Photo by Darrell Hoemann

What's the College of Fine and Applied Arts undergraduate class of 2013 doing today?

100% employment, internship, or graduate study

  • 53% are employed in their field or a related field
  • 31% are in graduate school
  • 7% are in an internship
  • 9% are employed in an unrelated field

100 graduates

  • 24% employed in the field or a related field
  • 56% pursuing graduate study*
  • 20% in internships

Places of employment/internship: American Conservation Experience, CASCO Diversified Corporation (St. Louis, MO), CECO Concrete Construction (Stoughton, WI), Christiani Johnson Architects (San Francisco, CA), CJP Architects (Springfield, IL), Fullerton Engineering Consultants (Rosemont, IL), Gerner Kronick and Valcarcel, Architects (New York City, NY), KHS&S Contractors, Nature Center and Botanical Gardens, Path Construction Company (Arlington Heights, IL), Peace Corps, PPK Architects (Glen Ellyn, IL), Restoration Works (Bradley, IL), SOFTlab (New York City, NY), Steele Associates Architects (Bend, OR), Studio Js2 Architect (New York City, NY), Waldman Engineering Consultants (Naperville, IL), Water Technology (Beaver Dam, WI), W-T Engineering (Hoffman Estates, IL)

Sample titles: Architect, Architectural Drafter, Assistant Project Manager, BIM Project Coordinator, Business Development Manager, CAD Draftsman, Director of Design Studio, Junior Architect, Junior Designer, Urban Regeneration Architect

Graduate schools: Columbia University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Illinois State University, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, Savannah College of Art and Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Southern Illinois University, Syracuse University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tulane University, University of Cincinnati, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Oregon, University of Pennsylvania, Virginia Tech, Washington University in St. Louis, Yale University

Areas of graduate study: Architecture, Business, Construction Management, Engineering, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture, Lighting and Interior Design, STEM Education

*Graduate study is required for professional licensure in architecture.

73 graduates

  • 77% employed in the field or a related field
  • 5% pursuing graduate study
  • 4% in internships
  • 14% working in an unrelated field

Places of employment/internship: Brand Design, Buropak USA, Champaign Park District (Champaign, IL), Design Trolley (Glen Ellyn, IL), Facebook, 5th Planet Games (Rocklin, CA), Forever 21, Gap/Banana Republic, Havas Worldwide Chicago (Chicago, IL), Mochi Magazine, Jansy Packaging (Chicago, IL), John Deere, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers (Chicago, IL), Novo Arts (New York City, NY), Ogilvy Chicago (Chicago, IL), Optimal Design (Arlington Heights, IL), Quirky, Shedd Aquarium (Chicago, IL), Solstice Mobile (Chicago, IL)

Sample titles: Art Conservator, Art Director, Art Teacher, Assistant Designer/Fabricator, Color Consultant, Communication Designer, Front End Engineer, Graphic Designer, Industrial Designer, Interactive Media Designer, Junior Designer, Page Designer, Pattern Maker, Photographer, Product Designer, Product Merchandise Lead, Sewing Assistant, Sound Engineer, Tattoo Apprentice, UX Designer, Versioning Editor, Videographer, Visual Merchandiser

Graduate schools: Cornell University, Digital Animation and Visual Effects School, Gemological Institute of America, University of Delaware

Area of graduate study: Animation

9 graduates

  • 100% employed in the field or a related field

Places of employment: American Dance Festival (Durham, NC), Ballet Physique Fitness Studio (Littleton, CO), Dance Center Evanston (Evanston, IL), Dance Motion Xplosion (Farmingham, MI), Elite Dance Academy, Wrapsody Dance Company (Waukegan, IL)

Sample titles: Choreographer, Dance Instructor, Dancer, Fitness Instructor

12 graduates

  • 83% employed in the field or a related field
  • 8% pursuing graduate study
  • 8% in internships

Places of employment/internship: Champaign Park District (Champaign, IL), Clarence Davids and Company (Matteson, IL), Clark Condon Associates (Houston, TX), Country Arbors Nursery (Urbana, IL), Focal Pointe Outdoor Solutions (Caseyville, IL), Hinsdale Nurseries (Willowbrook, IL), Jacobs/Ryan Associates (Chicago, IL), Ludwig Bros. Landscaping (Champaign, IL), Merrill Landscape Services (Champaign, IL), State Farm Insurance

Sample titles: Facilities Management Landscape Designer, Graduate Landscape Architect, Landscape Designer, Landscape Division Superintendent, Park Planner

Graduate school: Rhode Island School of Design

38 graduates

  • 63% employed in the field or a related field
  • 24% pursuing graduate study
  • 5% in internships
  • 8% working in an unrelated field

Places of employment/internship: Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra (Champaign, IL), Decatur Public Schools (Decatur, IL), El Paso–Gridley Community Unit School District (El Paso, IL), Green Thunder Percussion (Rosemont, IL), Kewanee Community Unit School District (Kewanee, IL), Memphis the Musical on Tour, Ohio Light Opera (Wooster, OH)

Sample titles: Band Director, Chorus Teacher, Guitarist, Music Counselor, Music Teacher, Operations Manager, Orchestra Director, Snare Technician, Songwriter, Vocal Music Teacher

Graduate schools: Indiana University, New York University, Oklahoma State University, Roosevelt University, San Francisco Conservatory, Seattle Film Institute, Southern Methodist University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Areas of graduate study: Arts Administration, Film, Music Performance

18 graduates

  • 89% employed in the field or a related field
  • 5.5% pursuing graduate study
  • 5.5% working in an unrelated field

Places of employment: Abrams Artists Agency, Door Shakespeare (Baileys Harbor, WI), Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Urbana, IL), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Chicago, IL), Ninth Ward Opera Company (New Orleans, LA), Penny Dreadful Players (Urbana, IL), Station Theatre (Urbana, IL), Universal Studios, Walt Disney Company

Sample titles: Acting Apprentice, Actor, Artistic Director, Audio Visual Tech, Costume Designer, Lighting Assistant, Lighting Designer, Production Supervisor, Promotional Assistant, Prop Coordinator, Voice-over Artist

Graduate school: University of Southern California

Area of graduate study: Film Studies

26 graduates

  • 58% employed in the field or a related field
  • 23% pursuing graduate study
  • 8% in internships
  • 12% working in an unrelated field

Places of employment/internship: Active Transportation Alliance (Chicago, IL), Blue Plow (Franklin Park, IL), Brailsford and Dunlavey (Washington, DC), Chicago Park District (Chicago, IL), Maron Electric Company (Skokie, IL), SAC, State of Illinois (Springfield, IL), Tri County Regional Planning Commission, Village of Barrington (Barrington, IL), Village of Mundelein (Mundelein, IL), Village of Wilmette (Wilmette, IL), the White House (Washington, DC), Will County Land Use Department (Joliet, IL)

Sample titles: Assistant Analyst, Assistant Project Manager, Associate, Associate Planner, Community Development Assistant, District Manager, Domestic Policy Council Intern, Juvenile Justice Specialist, Planning and Zoning Coordinator, Zoning and Permitting Specialist

Graduate schools: Pennsylvania State University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Areas of graduate study: Architecture, Civil Engineering, Physical Therapy, Planning

Note: In an effort to adhere to best practices, data were collected from a variety of sources, including direct surveys, faculty reporting, and self-reporting via LinkedIn and similar online sites. A total of 81% of the class of 2013 was ultimately accounted for in these statistics. This is a very high response rate for this type of study. The data given here are for the graduates who were located. Because of rounding, totals may not sum to 100%. Full details on postgraduation life were not available for everyone located.