Fine Arts Requirements
A typical Bachelor of Fine Arts program in the United States consists of two-thirds study in the arts, with one-third in more general liberal arts studies. Some schools will give their students a broad education in many disciplines of the arts, but most schools will often require an area of specialty. Although a Bachelor of Fine Arts is traditionally considered a four-year degree, a BFA program may take longer to complete because of the amount of studio course work required.
Fine arts include the following: acting, musical theatre, ceramics, computer animation, creative writing, dance, dramatic writing, drawing, fiber, film production, visual effects, animation, graphic design, illustration, industrial design, visual arts, technical arts, interior design, metalworking, music, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, stage management, or television production.
Fine Arts Careers
The career trajectory of people with a Fine Arts degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Fine Arts degrees have experience in is Art Teacher, followed by Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Craft Artist, Photographer, Art Director, Fashion Designer, Sculptor, Library Assistant, and Cartoonist.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
Fine Arts Salary
Fine Arts graduates earn on average $31k, putting them in the 15th percentile of earners with a degree.
|Percentile||Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)|
|25th (bottom earners)||$21k|
|Median (average earners)||$31k|
|75th (top earners)||$41k|
Fine Arts Underemployment
Fine Arts graduates are not very well employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.
|Employment Type||Proportion of graduates|
|Jobs that don't require college||61%|