Art, Design & Architecture
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Fine Arts

If you value creative expression above all else and want to spend your life and career creating, supporting, facilitating, or teaching art in any of its forms, a degree in Fine Arts may be the perfect fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Fine Arts students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), or master's degree (6-7 years). Typically, Fine Arts students can pursue courses in painting, illustration, sculpture, animation, design, fashion, photography, printmaking, dance, theater, and music. In the Fine Arts fields, the content of your portfolio is oftentimes more highly valued than your grades. Post-secondary teaching positions are an option for those who obtain a Master's of Fine Arts degree.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in art and design coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. The most prestigious schools may require a portfolio of work. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Fine Arts Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Fine Arts include:

  • Illustrator
  • Museum Curator
  • Sculptor
  • Art Director
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean salary for Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators, was $63,030 in 2019. (1)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on the career chosen but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.

References

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.