To date, we’ve asked 30 current and past visual and performing arts students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it above average.

No matter the degree, there are some common factors that predict satisfaction.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a visual and performing 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 visual and performing arts degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are visual and performing arts students compared to other degrees?

Overall, visual and performing arts students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.9 out of 5. This is high compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, visual and performing arts students rate their happiness similarly to students in Creative Writing, Cognitive Science and Philosophy And Religious Studies.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to visual and performing arts

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Philosophy And Religious Studies$73,571
Visual and Performing Arts$44,898
Creative Writing$52,043
Cognitive Science$77,698
Classics And Classical Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics$55,732
Philosophy and Related Studies$64,632
Philosophy$61,625

Let's break that down further.

Are visual and performing 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:
4.3 out of 5 stars
34 ratings
5 stars
56%
4 stars
18%
3 stars
24%
2 stars
3%
1 stars
0%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.9 out of 5 stars
36 ratings
5 stars
39%
4 stars
28%
3 stars
22%
2 stars
8%
1 stars
3%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in visual and performing 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 visual and performing arts graduates leave school with good job prospects?

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

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
2.9 out of 5 stars
36 ratings
5 stars
11%
4 stars
14%
3 stars
39%
2 stars
25%
1 stars
11%

These responses represent a wide range of opinions. Things like extracurricular activities, internships and work placements can set you up for success after graduation.

Were visual and performing 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:
3.9 out of 5 stars
30 ratings
5 stars
37%
4 stars
27%
3 stars
30%
2 stars
3%
1 stars
3%

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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