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25,777 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
3,525 Master's Degrees Annually
#23 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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 25,815
Undergraduate Certificate 6,189
Associate’s Degree 4,063
Master’s Degree 3,527
Basic Certificate 830
Doctor’s Degree 238
Graduate Certificate 89

What Fine & Studio Arts Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to Fine Arts and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being 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

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:

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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

A major in Fine Arts will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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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?

25,815 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
73% Percent Women
34% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Fine and Studio Arts runs middle of the road when it comes to popularity, ranking #23 out of all the undergraduate majors we track. In 2019, about 25,777 graduates completed their bachelor’s degree in this field. This major is dominated by women with about 73% of recent graduates being 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 1,798
Black or African American 1,621
Hispanic or Latino 3,940
White 14,588
International Students 1,584
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,284

Geographic Diversity

Fine Arts appeals to people across the globe. About 6.1% 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 median early-career salary of fine and studio arts students with a bachelor’s degree is $22,700 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $20,300 (25th percentile) and $25,925 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in Fine Arts, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Fine Arts majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $43,570 to $67,700 (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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Some careers associated with Fine Arts require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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 Fine Arts careers below.

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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 2018-2019, 1,509 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) 103 3
Certificate (1-2 years) 76 4
Certificate (2-4 Years) 11 1
Associate’s Degree 482 11
Bachelor’s Degree 35 0
Post-Baccalaureate 103 3
Master’s Degree 504 15
Post-Master’s 6 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 64 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 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
Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry 124

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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