Art (Art Studies), BA

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The art studies curriculum offers students a broad educational foundation in the arts and general studies. The BA in art with a concentration in art studies is a multidisciplinary program featuring coursework in art history, studio art, performing arts and a range of arts-related courses across the university. This concentration offers students a great deal of flexibility in planning coursework. The scope of offerings in art is unparalleled and the ability to combine art classes with offerings from other disciplines at ASU makes this a uniquely open degree. Art studies students can design a course of study focused on their individual aspirations in consultation with faculty advisors.

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Art (Art Studies), BA

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts


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Career outlook

This program prepares students to initiate creative careers as visual artists or as professionals in the public and private spheres. The wide range of options include independent artist, commission artist, museum or gallery professional, art dealer, creative art director, private school teacher, college professor, community-based artist (in healthcare settings, nonprofit agencies, local and national public arts) and many others. Career opportunities are also available with employers who seek graduates with a well-rounded humanities education.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12%$66,930
Craft Artists4.3%$34,940
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators6.6%$49,520
Graphic Designers4.2%$48,700
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Commercial and Industrial Designers 4.4%$65,970
Museum Technicians and Conservators 12.4%$40,670
Artists and Related Workers, All Other5.5%$63,540
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes4.7%$64,940

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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