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Graduation Art schools focus on helping individuals who want careers in the visual arts.  Majors generally include art education, ceramics, painting, screen printing, sculpture, and studio art.

While very few artists are able to make a living producing and selling their art, graduates of art programs are generally well-prepared to find work in other art-related areas, such as education.  As a matter of fact, many art school graduates end up as private instructors and schoolteachers, as well as university professors of both art and art history.  Others branch out into more commercial work such as illustration or cartooning.

While the curriculum generally includes courses such as color and design, drawing, painting, and two- and three-dimensional design, other courses such as art and culture, foreign languages, art history, and English composition ensure that the graduate is well-rounded.

How much can an art school graduate potentially earn?  Well, cartoonists, painters and illustrators, sculptors, and sketch artists make, on average, about $41,000 per year.  That being said, there are relatively few job openings for each of these categories — about 4,000.

Multi-media artists and animators make slightly more, close to $50,000, and there are significantly more job openings — about 14,000.  Art directors, on the other hand, compete for 10,000 jobs but make the most money at just over $60,000.

With 329,000 job openings, postsecondary art allows the art school graduate the best opportunity at viable employment.  On average, postsecondary teachers make about $50,000 per year.

For more information about art education and career preparation, visit the websites of these leading Art and Design Schools.

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At Brightwood College, we offer accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience focused on helping you gain skills for your chosen career.

We keep education relevant by employing instructors with real-world experience in the field, who bring their career backgrounds to the classroom. Our programs are continually assessed by faculty, staff and members of the business and education communities to help ensure your studies align with your career goals. Programs offered by Brightwood College focus on local employment needs, in areas such as allied health, nursing and technical and professional programs.

Within the classroom, it is our mission to not only provide vocational training, but to help you develop the professional skills, values, attitudes and strategies that will enhance your potential for success on campus, in your career and through life.

The success of our students is our greatest success. Because when our students succeed, we’ve completed the job we set out to do: empower the courageous, and enable real and relevant change.

Kaplan College has always stood for helping students transform their lives. Now, we’re undergoing a transformation of our own – from Kaplan College to Brightwood College.  As a premier school for hands-on career training, we’re ready to provide you with even more resources, more opportunities and more ways to transform your future.  Brightwood College, the school of transformation.  The school of brighter futures.  Find out all we have to offer.

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The constant evolution of digital design leads employers within the industry to continually seek out only the best-trained candidates for the job. The Applied Arts curriculum at the Visual College of Art and Design has been developed to ensure that our graduates are successful in meeting the employment requirements of these industries. As such, VCAD maintains close ties with the fashion, graphic design and video gaming industries to gain insight about industry needs and to continually adapt our curriculum to keep our art and design grads on the cutting edge of these creative fields.
All VCAD art and design programs focus on training students to develop the most up-to-date technical skills. They receive focused and specialized training on the tools, techniques and technology used in the graphic design, fashion, interior design and effects and gaming industries. In addition, students work on intense deadline-driven projects that will prepare them for the challenges they'll face on the job. By the end of their studies, VCAD graduates will have developed the expertise needed to create a professional portfolio that showcases their creativity and talent while displaying the skill set that employers look for. Request Info

At Porter and Chester Institute, we’re serious about preparing you for career success. By completing one of our Automotive, Computer, Healthcare, or Trades programs, you’ll enjoy five advantages during your job search:

 

1. You gain knowledge and skills employers want you to know.

2. You learn from instructors who’ve worked in the field.

3. You learn by doing through hands-on instruction.

4. You develop personal skills and habits to become more employable.

5. You enhance your job interview skills and résumé.

 

Learn more about the advantages you can enjoy at Porter and Chester by completing the form on this page.

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More Art Schools

  • Pacific Northwest College of Art
    Independent visual art and design college and educational arts organization located in Portland, Oregon.
    www.pnca.edu/
  • Pratt Institute School of Art and Design
    Offers one of the finest and most comprehensive professional art and design educations available.  Located in Brooklyn, New York.
    www.pratt.edu/ad/
  • Rhode Island School of Design
    Rhode Island School of Design is a private art and design college in Providence, RI (USA), offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in 18 disciplines.
    www.risd.edu/
  • Ringling College of Art and Design
    This private visual arts college located on Florida's Gulf Coast is recognized as one of the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts.
    www.ringling.edu/
  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    Internationally esteemed as a school of art and design, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers a comprehensive college education centered in the visual and related arts.
    www.artic.edu/saic/
  • Yale University School of Art
    The School of Art offers professional instruction in four interrelated areas of study: graphic design, painting/printmaking, photography, and sculpture.
    www.yale.edu/art/

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