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Arts & Communications Pathway

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Arts & Communications Pathway

Studio Art

What Artists Do

Craft and fine artists use a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and exhibition. Craft artists create handmade objects, such as pottery, glassware, textiles, or other objects that are designed to be functional. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, create original works of art for their aesthetic value, rather than a functional one.

Work Environment

Most craft and fine artists are self-employed. Part-time and variable work schedules are common for artists. Many also hold another job in addition to their work as an artist.

How to Become an Artist

Formal education is rarely required for craft and fine artists. However, many artists take classes or earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in fine arts, which can improve their skills and job prospects.


The median hourly wage of craft and fine artists was $20.90 in May 2010.

Job Outlook

Employment of craft and fine artists is projected to grow by 5 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Employment growth of artists depends, in large part, on the overall state of the economy, because purchases of art are usually optional. Craft and fine artists may find it difficult to make a living solely by selling their artwork.

Quick Facts: Graphic Designers
2010 Median Pay $43,470 per year
Entry-Level Education High school diploma or equivalent
On-the-job Training Long-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2010 56,900
Job Outlook, 2010-20 5% growth rate

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