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Associate's Degree in Art and Design

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Why get an associate's degree in art and design? Art and design encompasses a wide range of careers, including:

  • Art direction
  • Commercial design
  • Craft art
  • Fashion design
  • Fine art
  • Floral design
  • Graphic design
  • Illustrators
  • Industrial design
  • Interior design
  • Painting restoration
  • Print making

Formal training is not mandatory to work in art and design, but it may be an efficient way to acquire the necessary skills. Art history, studio arts, and, computer training are the most important courses. More and more, artists use computers for their design projects. You can earn an associate degree at a community college, art school, or even through online education. Aside from working as a fine artist, however, where there is no career training officially required, for most art and design positions you will need to continue your education beyond an associate's degree to a bachelor's or higher.

Art & Design Career Outlook

  • Typical career paths for artists:Advertising, Publishing, Design, motion picture and video industries
  • Multi-media artist and animators $69,410
  • Art director $97,850
  • Fine artist $51,120
  • Craft artist $36,300

Associate's Degree in Art and Design