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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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Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy. We have developed our own online learning environment with the aim of being the most people-focused education experience on the web.

-One-Click Access To Instructors
-Powerful Collaborative Tools
-People-focused Learning Environment
-Innovative Curriculum

Full Sail's educational philosophy emphasizes an immersive approach to learning, combining elements of creativity, business and life skills, technical prowess and academic achievement. From video, animation and podcasts, to more traditional lectures and essay assignments, our goal is to find the most effective way to communicate important concepts.

-Immersive, Media-Driven Education
-Based on Full Sail's Acclaimed On-Campus Programs
-Intelligent, Engaging Content

We look forward to seeing the next generation of artists, business leaders, educators and entrepreneurs come through our virtual doors on their way to career success.

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For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience.

At Keiser University, you will find a warm, friendly community with faculty and staff truly committed to your success.  Our small class sizes, individualized attention, and one-class-at-a-time schedules create a positive learning environment where you can excel.  Whether your goal is to prepare for a new career or to advance with your current employer, Keiser University is designed around your needs.

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The Berkeley Advantage®

The Berkeley Advantage® is part of a proven approach to career-focused education that can help students prepare for success.

·         A comprehensive array of degree and certificate programs that meet business and professional demands

·         The flexibility of day, evening/weekend, and online classes

·         More than $40 million in Berkeley College grants and scholarships provided during the 2012-2013 award year

·         Tuition freeze for students who meet continuous enrollment requirements

·         An outstanding, supportive faculty with relevant professional experience

·         Career Services specialists who identify and prepare students for career opportunities

·         Valuable, practical career experience through internships, practicums, or job-related assignments

·         Extensive network of employer contacts

·         Free lifetime career assistance for graduates

Berkeley College reserves the right to add, discontinue, or modify its programs and policies at any time. Modifications subsequent to the original publication of this information may not be reflected here. For the most up-to-date information, please visit

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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