Graduate Salary
4 years
Avg Length

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
Art Teacher 7.4% 0.1% 83.7×
Graphic Designer 5.9% 1.4% 4.1×
Illustrator 4.5% 0.2% 28.1×
Craft Artist 5.3% 0.3% 19.8×
Photographer 3.3% 0.8% 4.3×
Art Director 3.2% 0.2% 18.0×
Fashion Designer 2.1% 0.3% 7.4×
Sculptor 4.9% 0.0% 263.5×
Library Assistant 2.8% 0.2% 11.0×
Cartoonist 2.1% 0.1% 27.2×

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%
Part-Time 36%
Low-paying 20%

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