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The Art and Fine Art majors have been primarily designed for those students who wish to pursue a professional career in a related area such as medicine, dentistry, law, or education. This degree also makes provision for those who enjoy the study of art and wish for the enriching benefit of a liberal arts education. A Bachelor’s degree is usually required, and advanced studies beyond the Bachelor’s degree are recommended for advanced placement and higher salaries in many fields.

Graphic Design

Graphic design is important in the sales and marketing of products, and is a critical component of brochures and logos. Therefore, graphic designers, also referred to as graphic artists or communication designers, often work closely with people in advertising and promotions, public relations, and marketing. Some individuals with a background in graphic design teach in design schools, colleges, and universities. A major in Graphic Design may also serve as an excellent foundation for those pursuing post baccalaureate studies in architecture.

Entering Salary

The median annual wage for craft and fine artists was $44,380 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $19,200, and the top 10 percent earned more than $93,220. The median annual wages for craft and fine artist occupations in May 2012 were as follows:

  • $44,850 for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators
  • $29,600 for craft artists
  • $59,840 for all other artists and related workers

The median annual wages for craft and fine artist occupations in May 2012 were as follows:

  • $44,850 for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators
  • $29,600 for craft artists
  • $59,840 for all other artists and related workers

The median annual wage for graphic designers was $44,150 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,250, and the top 10 percent earned more than $77,490. Most graphic designers work full time, but schedules can vary depending on workload and deadlines. In 2012, about 24 percent of graphic designers were self-employed.

Career information adapted from:

  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2013). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/ooh

Contact and Location

art@lasierra.edu

Phone: 951.785.2170
Visual Art Center, Room 105