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Careers in Art

Receiving a degree in art is a great way to embark on a career in fine art, education, communication or any of the liberal arts fields. Studying art is also a great way to launch a career as an artist or begin the journey to graduate school. Recent graduates have transferred to prestigious four-year universities and gone on to positions in galleries, museums and art councils or as studio artists.

What can I do with a degree in art?

Students who get a degree in art can enter the wide variety of careers that require art. Art is applicable to so many career fields that an understanding of art, 2D and 3D design, as well as art theory can assist in nearly any career.

Artists use a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and/or exhibition. Artists may create objects, such as drawings, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, glassware, weavings and photography, to name a few.

Consider jobs such as:

  • Studio Artist
  • 2D or 3D Designer
  • Art Instructor- College and K-12.
  • Art Director/Curator

Earnings Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual wage in May 2015 for fine artists including: sculptors, painters and illustrators was $46,460, about half of which were self-employed.


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