Visual Arts Degree Profile

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Visual Arts degrees are associated with the areas of fine arts and humanities. Graduates must be creative and intelligent and tend to specialize in design or technology art. Usually, visual arts curricula are designed around creating and maintaining a professional portfolio. Visual Art

Common Specialized Degree Programs

  • Art Technology
  • Creative Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Foundational Art and Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Interactive Design/Media
  • Interdisciplinary Art and Design
  • Interior Design
  • Liberal Arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printing
  • Reconstruction
  • Sculpting

Average Salary

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

Degree Programs

Certificates of Completion, which take about eight weeks to a year to complete, or a 60 credit hour of study associate’s degree is satisfactory for entry-level work, however a 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 degrees and doctoral degrees are preferred for mid-level work entry.

Top Visual Arts Universites
(According to online polls, 2010)

College of Visual Arts
Academy of Art University
University of North Texas

Clemson University

Main Courses of Study in College: History of Art, Studio Work

Recommended High School AP Classes

  • Art History
  • Studio Art

Careers Obtained with Visual Art Degrees

  • Animation Specialist
  • Art Director
  • Art Teacher
  • Cartoonist
  • College Professor
  • Craft Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrationist
  • Illustrator
  • Interactive Design/Media Specialist
  • Interior Designer
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Painter
  • Photographer
  • Print Maker
  • Reconstructioner
  • Sculptor

Notable Visual Art ProfessionalsSalvador Dali

  • Andy Warhol, Artist
  • Ansel Adams, Artist and Photographer
  • Annette Messager, Artist
  • Gustav Klimt, Artist
  • Joseph Cornell, Artist
  • Louise Bourgeois, Artist
  • Norman Rockwell, Artist
  • Salvador Dalí, Artist
  • William de Kooning, Artist
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