A fine art major prepares you for a career as a self-employed artist, or for jobs in the advertising, publishing, education, retail and nonprofit industries. A fine art degree could lead to careers such as:
- Art appraiser
- Art teacher
- Arts fundraiser
- Gallery owner or manager
- Greeting card artist
- Museum curator
- Sketch artist for law enforcement agencies
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual salary for fine artists, including painters, sculptors and illustrators, is about $45,000. A 2013 National Association of Colleges and Employers survey reports average starting salaries for visual and performing artists is $33,800. The median annual salary for art teachers is about $62,000.
If you plan to be a self-employed artist or manage an art-related business, Mount Mary’s entrepreneurship minor could be a good addition to your curriculum to expand your knowledge of best business practices.
Create Your Career Network
Networking is a key skill for artists, especially if you plan to be self-employed. You can start creating your network through internships during college.
The Milwaukee area offers many internship opportunities for fine art majors. You can intern at companies and community organizations such as the Milwaukee Artists Resource Network, ArtWorks for Milwaukee, RedLine Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Art Museum.