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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.

Featured Art Schools

You don't have to rearrange your life to get a quality education. Ashworth College, a respected worldwide leader in distance education, offers high school diploma programs, professional-level career diploma programs, associate's programs, and master's degree programs in a variety of career fields. Ashworth College can teach you the practical, hands-on techniques you need to succeed in the real world. Study on your own schedule, at a pace that makes sense for you. Request Info

Southern Technical College provides education and training in a variety of medical and technical areas that enable graduates to obtain entry-level employment. As a student at Southern Technical College, you will have the opportunity learn in several different ways. Choose from a variety of career training programs taught by industry professionals, flexible schedules to fit your needs and experience a class environment designed around different learning styles.

 

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Your creativity is a big part of who you are and where you're going. To take it, and your future, as far as you want, you need an education that's focused on developing your talents and putting you on the path toward the creative career that stirs your imagination. A collaborative education at The Art Institutes is all about the work, the students who create it, and the instructors who guide them.

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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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