To date, we’ve asked 29 current and past fine arts students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it average.

The major you choose will have a lasting effect on your career.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a fine arts degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a fine arts degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are fine arts students compared to other degrees?

Overall, fine arts students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.2 out of 5. For context, fine arts students rate their happiness similarly to students in Computer Science and Related Studies, Computer Science and Teacher Education and Professional Development.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to fine arts

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Business Administration, Management, and Operations$72,998
Business Management and Administration$73,888
Computer Science and Related Studies$94,623
Computer Science$94,623
Fine Arts$50,030
Teacher Education and Professional Development$41,376
Engineering$99,945
Visual and Performing Arts$53,583

Let's break that down further.

Are fine arts students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
4.4 out of 5 stars
30 ratings
5 stars
67%
4 stars
17%
3 stars
3%
2 stars
7%
1 stars
3%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.5 out of 5 stars
31 ratings
5 stars
13%
4 stars
42%
3 stars
35%
2 stars
0%
1 stars
10%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in fine arts experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did fine arts graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what fine arts grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
2.4 out of 5 stars
30 ratings
5 stars
13%
4 stars
0%
3 stars
10%
2 stars
67%
1 stars
7%

We can see there’s a cluster of negative responses, which might indicate a declining or competitive job market.

Were fine arts students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.2 out of 5 stars
29 ratings
5 stars
10%
4 stars
24%
3 stars
41%
2 stars
10%
1 stars
7%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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