Fine/Studio Arts
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Overview
Fine/studio arts is a program that prepares individuals to generally function as creative artists in the visual and plastic media. includes instruction in the traditional fine arts media (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, cad/cam) and/or modern media (ceramics, textiles, intermedia, photography, digital images), theory of art, color theory, composition and perspective, anatomy, the techniques and procedures for maintaining equipment and managing a studio, and art portfolio marketing.
Highlights
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($47K) with a Bachelor's Degree: Southern Methodist University
Career with the highest median salary ($91K) where most workers have a Bachelor's Degree: Construction Managers
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Careers for program graduates
Fine/studio arts majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Elementary and Middle School S...Artists and related workersPostsecondary TeachersSpecialized ManagersSpecialized DesignersGraphic DesignersCustomer Service Representativ...Secretaries and Administrative...Education and childcare admini...Accountants and AuditorsChief executives and legislato...Retail SalespersonsArchivists, curators, and muse...
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Current completions
What level of degree do most graduates achieve, and do they match what your goals?
05K10K15K0-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year Certificate2-4 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's Degree
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Completions over time
Have completions for studio arts changed over time? Increasing completions may mean you'll likely have an easier time finding a school that offers this degree, with the opposite being true as well.
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Number of graduates
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Salary and Debt
How are students who recently completed a degree in fine/studio arts doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer a degree in the field fine and studio arts, which includes fine/studio arts.
Median starting salaries
$26K$30K$0$20K$40K$60KMaster'sBachelor's
Median cumulative loan amount
$25K$48K$0$50K$100K$150KMaster'sBachelor's
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Context: median salaries
How does the median (middle) salary for studio arts majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
$45K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K
Distribution: studio arts majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's instudio arts by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
$41K$54K$67K$68K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KBachelor'sMaster'sDoctorateProfessional
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in studio arts
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in studio arts. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
Education level of workers
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 28% of studio arts majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of studio arts majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 57% of other fields.
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Context: Percentage salary boost obtained with a graduate degree
How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We can see the difference in salary of workers with a bachelors in this degree to workers with a bachelor’s AND a graduate degree.
31%63%64%0%20%40%60%80%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional
Careers
Top careers for those with a degree in studio arts
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Studio Arts (which combines 12 programs), though may not be limited to just those with a bachelor’s.
  1. Elementary and Middle School School Teachers
  2. Artists and related workers
  3. Postsecondary Teachers
  4. Specialized Managers
  5. Specialized Designers
  6. Graphic Designers
  7. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
  8. Secondary School Teachers
  9. Customer Service Representatives
  10. Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
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Careers for studio arts majors
Where do studio arts majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** in the job title indicates that the Department of Education recommends this job for this program.
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The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in studio arts
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by studio arts graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
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Elementary and Middl...Artists and related ...Postsecondary Teache...Specialized ManagersSpecialized Designer...Graphic DesignersFirst-Line Superviso...Secondary School Tea...Customer Service Rep...Secretaries and Admi...All othersThis degreeTop 10 Careers
What careers hire studio arts majors as one of their top 10?
To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire studio arts majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by studio arts majors.
Studio ArtsAll other degreesArtists and related worke...Archivists, curators, and...Interior DesignersAll other careersDegreeDegree in top 10 employed
Where can I complete this degree
Explore schools that offer fine/studio arts degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
Understanding the columns

The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Related Programs
Top 10 similar programs
Following are related programs, ordered by those with the highest number of completions. You can explore a full list by pressing the more details button.
  1. Art/Art Studies
  2. Music
  3. Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
  4. Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  5. Music Performance
  6. Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  7. Art History
  8. Visual and Performing Arts
  9. Dance
  10. Digital Arts
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Careers for studio arts majors
studio arts is part of a larger collection of programs: Studio Arts, Music, Dance, and Theater. Is there a different program that's close to studio arts that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Gender
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in fine/studio arts earned in the last academic year, 71% were women.
Gender
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Women
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Completions over time
Have completions by gender changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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05K10K15KNumber of graduates200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
63%37%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Context: Percentage women
This major has a higher percentage of women than 71% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
$51K$43K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity
For studio arts graduates, men have a 19% higher median salary than women, This is near the middle of salary differentials within each program's graduates.
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Race/Origin
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all fine/studio arts graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 68% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
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Completions over time
Have completions by race/origin changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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05K10K15KNumber of graduates200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
International
Not Reported
Multiracial
American Indian
Asian
Hispanic
Pacific Islander
Black
White
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 50% of other programs.