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What Jobs Can You Get With an Art Major?

Becoming a fine artist is not the only profession available to art majors. Graduates with an art degree can also find career opportunities in museums, advertising agencies, galleries and schools.

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Jobs for Art Majors

Jobs for art majors include opportunities as art directors, graphic artists, photographers, commercial artists, teachers, illustrators, cartoonists and sign painters. Work settings include advertising agencies, marketing and design firms, art galleries, schools, newspapers, greeting card companies and museums.

Employment Outlook

Employment opportunities for art directors and craft and fine artists were predicted to grow by three percent from 2012 to 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, www.bls.gov). Those working in multimedia art could experience a six percent growth in employment, while graphic designers were predicted to see a seven percent rise for the same decade.

Salary Information

The salary for a career in art depends on a number of factors, including job title and duties. According to the BLS, as of 2013, the average salary for art directors was $96,650 per year; graphic designers earned $49,610 per year on average. Fine artists (including illustrators) made an average salary of $50,900 in 2013.

Training

Jobs available for art majors depend on the type and level of training received. While some workers may only need a certificate, others may need an associate, bachelor's or graduate degree. For example, art majors looking to teach at the postsecondary level need an advanced degree. Students graduating from independent art schools often earn certificates, associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees in multimedia and fine arts.

Students generally take courses in studio art, art history, drawing, illustration and color theory. Coursework varies depending upon the type of training received. Students interested in computer graphics receive training in computer applications and techniques. A portfolio creation course is also included in several art majors. In addition to taking art classes, those interested in teaching elementary, middle and high school students must earn a teaching certificate.

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    Areas of study you may find at Stanford University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Drama and Theatre Arts
      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
        • Art
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    Areas of study you may find at Brown University include:
      • Graduate: First Professional Degree, Master
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      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
        • Art
        • Art History
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    Areas of study you may find at Georgetown University include:
      • Graduate: First Professional Degree, Master
      • Non-Degree: Coursework
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
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    Areas of study you may find at Vanderbilt University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Drama and Theatre Arts
      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
        • Art
      • Musical Arts
      • Photography, Film, and Video
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    • Georgia (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at University of Georgia include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Drama and Theatre Arts
      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
        • Art
        • Art History
      • Musical Arts
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    Areas of study you may find at Michigan State University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Non-Degree: Coursework
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Design and Applied Arts
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