4 High Paying Jobs for People with Art Majors

One of the biggest misconceptions about art degrees is that they are useless in the job market. Despite the countless stigmas around pursuing an art degree, there are many careers that are in-demand and providing sufficient salaries, all while satisfying one’s desire to work in this industry:

1. Art Director | Average salary: $94,220 per year

Sample Duties: 

  • Managing the overall visual aspects of advertisement campaigns
  • Coordinating works of art and design staff
  • Guiding visual aesthetics and style of media in film and television productions, magazines, product packaging, catalogues and performances

Sample Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in art, fine arts or design
  • Proficiency in graphic design tools such as Adobe Creative Suite, Google Suite, PowerPoint/Keynote
  • Excellence in leadership and project management
A scence in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a film which Rick Carter worked on as a Production Designer [Art Departmental].

A Well-Known Art Director:

  • Rick Carter was an art director in the film who produced and artistically directed films such as Star Wars, Avatar and Forrest Gump earning him an Oscar nomination.

2. Architect | Average salary: $89,560 per year

Sample Duties: 

  • Consulting clients to identify purpose and style of renovation or construction
  • Preparing sketches and models, along with structure plans outlining project provisions, materials, costs and timelines
  • Overseeing building process

Sample Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in architecture
  • 3+ years of architectural experience through an internship or licensure (preferably at the hiring company)

A Well-Known Architect: 

  • I. M. Pei was a Chinese-American architect who designed the stunning Louvre Pyramid, the iconic Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, and many more famous buildings.

3. User Experience (UX) Designer | Average salary: $90,967 per year

Sample Duties: 

  • Focusing on human interaction usability with products and services including apps, websites and machines
  • Prototyping, competitor analysis, product strategy 
  • Combining aspects of psychology, business, technology, marketing and design 

Sample Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Interest in psychology, business, technology, marketing and design 
  • Bachelor’s degree in visual design, communications, computer science or psychology

A Well-Known UX Designer: 

  • Steve Jobs was a mastermind of UX design. The founder of Apple Inc. crafted elegantly simple products such as the iPhone that boasts pleasing visual appeals and excellent user experience design.
Steve Jobs introducing the first-ever iPhone in 2007 [WIRED].

4. Senior Fashion Designer | Average salary: $89,560 per year

Sample Duties: 

  • Creating a vision for new designs that match current fashion trends
  • Managing and communicating with designers and sales working beneath them
  • Observing and analyzing colour, material and fabric choices to suit the target audience

Sample Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in design or fashion design, foundation degree or an HND
  • Internships or experience in the fashion industry

A Well-Known Fashion Designer: 

  • The world-class Barbadian singer, Rihanna, established her very own fashion line, Fenty, with LVMH in 2019. Since then, Rihanna has been featured in the Forbes’ list of richest self-made women in 2020, with a net worth of $600 million USD.
Although Rihanna’s fashion label has unfortunately closed in February of this year, she has been since focusing on the growth of her other sister companies such as Fenty Beauty, Fenty Skin, and her lingerie line Savage X Fenty [FENTY].

Are You Ready?

Now go throw out the 19th-century-old belief claiming “art is a hobby, not a career”! It is possible to turn your passion into a profession. Being an artist expands well beyond painting on a canvas. Rather, the world is your canvas, and it is up to the artist to reimagine how they can make your unique splash of colour. Using this perspective, don’t be afraid to find your ideal job in the art industry.

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