Fine Arts Degree Profile

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Fine arts degrees are awarded to students who studied to professionally enter the industry of visual, performing and creative arts. A majority of the degree program consists of hands-on studio work, as opposed to the classic lecture or discussion classroom curriculum. Students are also usually exposed to workshops, where they learn to give and receive critiques.Fine Arts Degree Profile

Common Specialized Degree Programs

  • Acting
  • Animation
  • Ceramics
  • Computer Animation
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Dramatic Writing
  • Drawing
  • Fiber
  • Film
  • Film Production
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Metal Working
  • Music
  • Musical Theatre
  • New Media
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Television Production
  • Visual Arts
  • Visual Effects

Average Salary

Entry level $35,000 to $52,000 mid-career

Degree Programs

Bachelor’s degree is preferred for entry-level work from a completion of between 120 and 128 credit hours depending on the university. Master’s degree and doctoral degrees are preferred for mid-level work entry.

Best Fine Arts Programs
(According to U.S. News, 2008)

Rhode Island School of Design
Yale University

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Cranbrook Academy of Art
Maryland Institute College of Art

Main Courses of Study in College: Art, Language Arts, Design, Performance Art

Reccomended High School Courses

  • Art History
  • English Literature
  • Music Theory
  • Studio Art

Careers Obtained with Fine Arts Degrees

  • Actor
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Archivist Registrar
  • Art Agent/Consultant
  • Art Supply Salesperson
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Art Transporter or Handler
  • Artist
  • Cartoonist
  • Computer Animation Specialist
  • Conservator
  • Copywriter
  • Curatorial Assistant
  • Dancer
  • Director of Animation
  • Director of Visual Effects
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Film Production Coordinator
  • Framer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Novelist
  • Painter
  • Performance Artist
  • Photographer
  • Printmaker
  • Professional Singer
  • Recording Artist
  • Script Writer
  • Television Production Coordinator
  • Theatre Actor
  • Theatre Production
  • Writer

Notable Fine Arts MajorsYoko Ono Fine Arts Degree

  • Adam Sandler, Actor and Comedian
  • Alice Aycock, Architectural Sculptor
  • Andy Warhol, Pop Artist
  • Barbra Kruger, Conceptual Artist
  • George Lucas, Director
  • Jeff Koons, Pop Artist
  • Julianne Moore, Actress
  • Meryl Streep, Actress
  • Samuel L. Jackson, Actor
  • Sandra Bullock, Actress
  • Sharon Stone, Actress
  • Sigourney Weaver, Actress
  • Vanessa Williams, Actress
  • Yoko Ono, Conceptual Artist

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