From interior design to museum curating to graphic design, a degree in Art and Design can lead to a variety of enticing
Types of Degrees
Art and Design students can pursue an associate degree (2 years) or bachelor's degree (4 years). An associate degree is
usually obtained in two years and is usually less expensive per semester than a bachelor's degree. Associate degrees allow
you to enter the workforce sooner but usually with a lower starting salary than people holding a bachelor's degree or a higher level of education.
A high school diploma or equivalent with a strong academic background in art and design coursework will help applicants
obtain acceptance into their desired school. Scores from college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT are often required. Some
schools require prospective students to submit a portfolio of work related to their desired degree program. 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 An Art and Design Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Art and Design include:
- Graphic Design
- Museum Curation
- Interior Design
- Art direction
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for an Art Director was $94,220 in 2019,
$52,110 for Graphic Designers, and $56,040 for Interior Designers. Salaries for people with
advanced degrees in Art and Design track higher. An Art Professor at a university earned around $82,560 in 2018.
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical
location and what industry the job is in. Those working for non-profits can expect a lower salary than those
working for prestigious institutions or large corporations.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook,
Art and Design, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/arts-and-design/home.htm
(visited May 19, 2020)