Fine & Studio Arts Major
Fine and studio arts is a major that typically falls into the Visual & Performing Arts category.
There are 476 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in Fine Arts, 2,013 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 494 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 63 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.
Who Is Getting a Fine Arts Degree?
Fine and studio arts is the 19th most popular college major in the country. In 2017, roughly 27,300 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the field. The major attracts more women than men. About 71.4% of the recent graduates in this field are female.
At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of Fine Arts majors is as follows:
- Asian: 7%
- Black or African American: 6.3%
- Hispanic or Latino: 15.2%
- White: 56.7%
- Non-Resident Alien: 5.9%
- Other Races: 8.9%
Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Fine Arts. About 5.9% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending Fine Arts majors to the U.S. are China, South Korea and Canada.
What Will You Learn as a Fine & Studio Arts Major?
An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to Fine Arts to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.
Knowledge Areas for Fine Arts Majors
This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:
Skills for Fine Arts Majors
When studying Fine Arts, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:
Abilities for Fine Arts Majors
As you progress with your Fine Arts degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:
What Can You Do With a Fine Arts Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with Fine Arts:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Multimedia Artists and Animators||8.4%||$72,520|
|Artists and Related Workers||5.5%||$65,390|
|Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators||6.8%||$49,380|
|Art, Drama, and Music Professors||12%||$69,960|
|Precious Metal Workers||-6.6%||$39,440|
|Gem and Diamond Workers||-6.6%||$39,440|
Fine & Studio Arts Major Salary
Average salaries range from $44,000 to $68,000 for careers related to Fine Arts. 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, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.
Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.
Amount of Education Required for Fine & Studio Arts Major Jobs
Some careers associated with Fine Arts may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.
Find out what the typical degree level is for Fine Arts careers below.
|Level of Education||Percentage of Workers|
|Less Than a High School Diploma||5.4%|
|High School Diploma or Equivalent||13.1%|
|Some College Courses||8.6%|
|Associate's Degree or Equivalent||3.8%|
|First Professional Degree||0%|
Online Fine & Studio Arts Programs
There are 2,013 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in fine and studio arts, with 15 of them offering at least some courses online.
Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.
Online learners benefit from being able to watch lectures remotely and complete coursework on their schedule, but they also take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to dropout.
Is a Fine & Studio Arts Major Worth It?
The median salary for a Fine Arts grad is $58,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 50% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $389,400 after 20 years!
- General Visual & Performing Arts
- Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry
- Design & Applied Arts
- Drama & Theater Arts
- Film, Video & Photographic Arts
- Fine & Studio Arts
- Arts & Media Management
- Other Visual Art
Featured Fine Arts Schools
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