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Value of a Fine Arts Degree
Get paid, get hired, and be happy
with the College of Fine Arts
Nine Top-35 ranked programs, including printmaking and ceramics.
70% of alumni report that they are employed in the field for which they studied
92% of alumni report that their OHIO COFA education prepared them for success in the 21st century
Five 4+1 Bachelors/Masters programs that connect students directly to the career marketplace Programs: Arts Admin, Community Dance, Theater Education, Art Education, Interdisciplinary Arts
Nearly 100% placement out of college for music education, music therapy, and interior architecture.
The new OHIO Guarantee+ offers a 4-year plan for career mentoring and experiential learning in our Studio Art and Music Education Bachelor’s Degrees. By 2021, this will be included for all programs.
Who said educated artists are starving artists? The median salary for those graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts is comparable to that of other liberal arts graduates, and slightly higher than psychology majors.
Nationally, 80% of recent fine arts graduates work professionally in arts related fields. Compared to 58% of biology majors, 56% of accounting majors, and 53% of engineering majors.
When asked, 75% of recent fine arts graduates report they are “satisfied” or “highly satisfied” with their career choice. This is higher than the satisfaction of lawyers, accountants, financial managers, and high school teachers!
In 2015, 2.3 million people had primary jobs as artists. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there was a growth of 185,000 artists between 2005-2015. This growth is on par with the growth of the overall labor force.
A substantial number of fine arts grads now work in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary ways. This means recent grads are now injecting their finely-honed creativity, research, and applied knowledge in a variety of fields.
Our liberating and demanding academics give graduates an optimistic and deliberate mindset. Their experiences here create an appetite for learning, and instill ambitious thinking so that they excel at creative problem solving. Our faculty stress continual practice and production, individual development, and push an exploratory process that embraces original thought. Students develop a clear voice and identity. And our purposeful and stimulating community means grads are poised to make meaningful and fulfilling contributions in the world.
OHIO UP CLOSE
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The best student-centered, transformative learning community in America, where students move their ideas into action. Here, you can make art, and make a living!
1. Daniel Grant, A Fine Arts Degree May be a Better Choice Than You Think, The Wall Street Journal, Novemeber 10, 2013
2. From the 2014 Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) report called: Making It Work: The Education and Employment of Recent Arts Graduates. SNAPP is part of the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research.
3. Center for Cultural Innovation for the National Endowment for the Arts, 2016 report.
4. National Endowment for the Art Research Note #103 - June 27, 2011, Artists Employment Projections through 2018. Accessed at arts.gov.