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96 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
2 Master's Degrees Annually
#283 in Popularity
$67,700 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many crafts, folk art and artisanry graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 96
Associate’s Degree 15
Undergraduate Certificate 10
Master’s Degree 2
Basic Certificate 1

What Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, folk art majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Folk Art Majors

Folk Art majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Skills for Folk Art Majors

A major in folk art prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Folk Art Majors

A major in folk art will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

What Can You Do With a Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with folk art:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Art, Drama, and Music Professors 12.0% $69,960
Artists and Related Workers 5.5% $65,390
Craft Artists 4.8% $34,240

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry?

96 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
78% Percent Women
9% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 96 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in crafts, folk art and artisanry in 2019, making it rank #283 in popularity. The major attracts more women than men. About 78% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of folk art majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Folk Art Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4
Black or African American 2
Hispanic or Latino 2
White 69
International Students 9
Other Races/Ethnicities 10

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Folk Art, too. About 9.4% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • Venezuela
  • Turkey
  • Netherlands

How Much Do Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that crafts, folk art and artisanry students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $20,100 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $19,200 (25th percentile) and $22,000 (75th percentile).

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It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to folk art.

Salaries According to BLS

Folk Art majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $40,490 to $82,560 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some degrees associated with folk art may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for folk art careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 6.8%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 5.4%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 4.1%
Some College Courses 5.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 3.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 17.4%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.5%
Master’s Degree 35.0%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.1%
Doctoral Degree 21.0%

Online Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 27 schools offered some type of crafts, folk art and artisanry program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 6 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 4 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 6 0
Bachelor’s Degree 2 0
Post-Baccalaureate 6 0
Master’s Degree 1 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry Worth It?

The median salary for a folk art grad is $67,700 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 70% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $556,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to folk art.

Major Number of Grads
Fine & Studio Arts 40,751
Design & Applied Arts 36,179
Music 26,968
Drama & Theater Arts 17,726
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 16,756
General Visual & Performing Arts 5,720
Arts & Media Management 4,766
Dance 3,234
Other Visual Art 1,071

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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