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26,024 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
3,687 Master's Degrees Annually
#21 in Popularity
$58,370 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Fine & Studio Arts Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many fine and studio arts graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 26,555
Undergraduate Certificate 6,187
Associate’s Degree 3,767
Master’s Degree 3,687
Basic Certificate 894
Doctor’s Degree 208
Graduate Certificate 133

What Fine & Studio Arts Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, Fine Arts 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 Fine Arts Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in Fine Arts should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • 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.
  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 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.

Skills for Fine Arts Majors

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

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  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities for Fine Arts Majors

As a Fine Arts major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a Fine & Studio Arts Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with Fine Arts:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Archivists 14.7% $52,240
Art Directors 5.4% $92,780
Art, Drama, and Music Professors 12.0% $69,960
Artists and Related Workers 5.5% $65,390
Craft Artists 4.8% $34,240
Curators 13.7% $53,780
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators 6.8% $49,380
Multimedia Artists and Animators 8.4% $72,520
Museum Technicians and Conservators 12.7% $43,020
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $60,320

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine & Studio Arts?

26,555 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
71% Percent Women
34% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
Fine and Studio Arts runs middle of the road when it comes to popularity, ranking #21 out of all the undergraduate majors we track. In 2018, about 26,024 graduates completed their bachelor’s degree in this field. The major attracts more women than men. About 71% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of Fine Arts majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Fine Arts Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,857
Black or African American 1,681
Hispanic or Latino 4,027
White 15,054
International Students 1,579
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,357

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Fine Arts. About 5.9% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • Canada
  • Taiwan
  • India

How Much Do Fine & Studio Arts Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in fine and studio arts made a median starting salary of $22,700 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $20,300 (25th percentile) and $25,925 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a Fine Arts degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $43,570 to $67,700 (25th to 75th percentile) 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, 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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Some degrees 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.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to Fine Arts have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 5.4%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 13.1%
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) 8.0%
Some College Courses 8.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 3.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 23.7%
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. 2.8%
Master’s Degree 25.2%
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. 1.4%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.0%
Doctoral Degree 8.2%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.2%

Online Fine & Studio Arts Programs

In 2017-2018, 1,526 schools offered a Fine Arts program of some type. 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) 76 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 71 3
Certificate (2-4 Years) 12 1
Associate’s Degree 476 13
Bachelor’s Degree 31 0
Post-Baccalaureate 76 2
Master’s Degree 494 16
Post-Master’s 6 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 63 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Fine & Studio Arts Worth It?

The median salary for a Fine Arts grad is $58,370 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 46% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $369,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to Fine Arts.

Major Number of Grads
Design & Applied Arts 37,428
Music 27,188
Drama & Theater Arts 17,242
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 16,684
General Visual & Performing Arts 5,302
Arts & Media Management 4,811
Dance 3,063
Other Visual Art 910
Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry 199

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