Major Overview

If you enjoy creating masterpieces and believe it is the best way to express yourself, you may be a Fine and Studio Arts major.

Majoring in Fine and Studio Arts allows students to take classes in the many disciplines within the field including painting, sculpting, art history, drawing, photography, painting, illustration, graphic design, and digital media. The variety of classes allows you to try different art mediums in order to find what you are most interested in. These classes will also improve your technique and teach you express yourself.

Fine and Studio Arts is a field with many areas of specialization. You may choose to concentrate in more specific areas such as Art History, Drawing, Multimedia, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Ceramic Arts and Ceramics, Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts, and Metal and Jewelry.

Required Skills

Students in the fine arts field usually have some amount of natural talent and experience working in one or more artistic mediums. They have passion for art and enjoy working with their hands to create things. Their creativity and imagination allows them to form unique pieces of art that express the emotion of the artist. Students in this field have good interpersonal and communication skills because they will be required to speak with gallery owners and the general public to sell their artwork.

This field can lead to either a part or full time job. Those who work full time are typically employed in commercial art studios or with performing arts centers, while other artists are self-employed or are commissioned by clients to create pieces.

Depending on the area of study to wish to follow, a college degree may not be necessary. Some artists only take a few classes to improve skills and techniques, while others need a degree to be hired. By working in and internship or summer job, you will learn what type of education you need for a successful career.

Careers

Fine and Studio Arts graduates work for a number of different companies including commercial art studios, manufacturing companies, performing arts companies, and art galleries. Some graduates have decided to be self-employed and are commissioned to create pieces.

Careers in the arts are growing at a slower than average rate, meaning students will face competition when looking for jobs after graduation. Artists who rely on selling art to make a living may have a difficult time and need to work an extra job.

Graduates with a degree in Fine and Studio Arts earn an average starting salary of $34,663 and mid-career salary of $52,775.

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Yearly Graduations
 29,220
Average Starting Salary
$34,663
Average Mid-Career Salary
$52,775

Example Careers

Here is a small sample of the careers that a degree in Fine & Studio Arts might open up.

Archivists
Art Directors
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
Craft Artists
Curators
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Museum Technicians and Conservators
Photographers
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Salary data is estimated by College Factual using 2013 data provided by PayScale.
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