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 Performing Arts degree may be the perfect fit for you.
Types of Degrees
There is no true formal education requirement for those looking to break into the entertainment and performing arts business
but an associate degree (2 years) or bachelor's degree (4 years) in theater arts, drama, acting, music, dance, or choreography can help you gain the
technical skills and performance experience you need. In this industry, experience is oftentimes more highly valued than education, but an educational foundation can offer experience as well as instruction
in theory and technique. A master's or doctorate degree as well as industry experience is typically required before one can become a Performing Arts
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background and extracurricular experience in theater, art,
design, or dance helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements,
making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.
Career Opportunities After Earning A Performing Arts Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Performing Arts include:
- Dancer and/or Choreographer
- Art, Drama, and Music Teacher, Postsecondary
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for an Actor was $20.43 per hour in 2019
while Dancers and Choreographers earned a median salary of $18.68 per hour in 2019. 1
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical
location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Actors,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/entertainment-and-sports/actors.htm (visited June 29, 2020).