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Cartoonist (Publications)

Overview: Newspaper and magazine cartoonists draw cartoons for publication to interpret or illustrate news events or to critique well known politicians and celebrities in order to entertain their readers. They research their topics through interviews, library research & attending newsworthy events.
Duties: They analyze political and social events to decide upon persons, places and topics to be captured in a cartoon. They decide who or what will be criticized and complimented by the cartoon.

Select the cartoon style for characterizing persons to be drawn. The style portrays how the cartoonist perceives the persons' traits such as honesty, intelligence, neatness & emotionality.

They draw the cartoon and write the supplementing text for review with the newspaper or magazine editors. They review the cartoon to satisfy the editors' critiques.

They research well known politicians & celebrities by interview and research to decide how to interpret them and their activities and cartoon subject material.

Degree(s): A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Art & Photography Concentration 
A.A.S. Digital Art and Design 
A.A.S. Internet Technology 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Dance Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Music Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Theatre Arts Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Interdisciplinary Concentration  
Job Outlook: Employment of cartoonist is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. Competition will be keen with more applicants than jobs. Galleries and collectors are always on the lookout for talented artists.
Starting Salary: Many cartoonists work on a free lance basis and, therefore, are not paid a full-time salary.
Salary Range (National Average): $27,000 to $31,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Most cartoonists have a bachelor's degree in communication, journalism or English with a broad liberal arts background. They also have training in fine arts drawing. A strong background in politics, business and economics is essential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
 

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.