Fine Arts Can Mean Fine Salaries in Our Age of Entertainment and Fashion

Science and math not your thing? Law school not an option? Do you love art, design, theater, but you’re worried there is no way to “make a living” with an arts degree? Worry no more!

Oscar Award by Dora Hon
Oscar Award by Dora Hon

Yes, the arts certainly have a bad reputation as a stepping stone to a high-paying job, but it seems this fear is unfounded. According to a new study conducted by Oxford University, humanities-based degrees are vitally important to society, the economy, and especially to the graduates who hold these degrees.

In a city like New York, a degree in the arts can be amazingly beneficial financially. The Big Apple is a mecca for artists of all stripes and many have made it big here. Carolina Herrera, Calvin Klein, and Mandy Coon are all graduates of New York’s famed Fashion Institute of Technology. A degree from this renowned school is certainly a stepping-stone to great achievements in fashion.

The Parsons School of Design is another private art and design college, located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, that can give the artist in you the boost you need for a powerful career in the arts. The school allows its students to choose from specialties in disparate fields such as photography, fine arts, music, film, fashion and more. Such giants of the art world as Edward Hopper, Norman Rockwell and Kevin Appel graduated from the Parsons School of Fine Art.

Do not think that New York is the only haven for artist-types. The west coast also has its grand centers of humanities studies. In San Francisco students can find their home at the Academy of Art University. Alumni of the Academy of Art University were recognized by the Oscar awards for their work in several award-winning films. Gentry Davidson, with a BFA earned in 2012, is a rotoscope/paint artist and was involved in the production of Anomolisa, nominated for Best Animated Feature Film. Academy graduate Jinhwan Choi has a BFA. He worked on The Revenant, on the visual effects of the film.

As you can see, whether you are in New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco, there is certainly a need for students to dedicate themselves to the arts. Artists in any field contribute enormously to society, not only aesthetically, but economically as well. The fashion industry, the film industry, and the advertising industry are behemoths dependent on the creativity and educations of artists. So do what you love: the money will come.