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Art Schools in Ohio

Written by Michelle BurtonJune 18, 2012
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With a population of more than 11.5 million, Ohio is the seventh largest state in the U.S. It is home to major cities such as Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. While each Ohio city has its own unique art scene, the largest scenes are in these principle cities as well as Toledo, Akron, and Dayton. Just a few major art museums include the Cleveland Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, The Dayton Art Institute, and the Toledo Museum of Art.

Ohio is also home to hundreds of smaller art institutes and galleries that promote both local artists and artists of all kinds from around the world. In addition, the state and its many arts organizations offer excellent training programs for artists. Just a few of the best include Bowling Green State University, Otterbein University, and The Ohio State University.

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Ohio Art Schools

According to the most recent figures released by the National Center for Education Sciences, Institute of Education Sciences (NCES IES), the state of Ohio is now home to 215 accredited institutions, with well over half a million students enrolled. More than 2,500 students are enrolled in Ohio’s top art schools alone. Continue reading to review Ohio’s best options for aspiring artists and what they have to offer.

Bowling Green
Bowling Green State University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Digital Arts or Graphic Design Concentration, M. F. A. Digital Arts

University of Cincinnati - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Electronic Art (Video and Computer Arts), B. S. Graphic Communications Design; M. F. A. Fine Art with Concentration in Electronic Art, Master of Design in Visualization

Cleveland State University - Degrees Offered: B. A. Art with Concentration in Computer Graphics (formerly Graphic Design)

The Ohio State University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art and Technology, B. S. Design with Concentration in Visual Communication Design; M.F.A. Art and Technology; M. F. A. Digital Animation and Interactive Media

Otterbein University - Degrees Offered: B. A. Art with Concentration in Communication Design, Integrated Digital Media

Youngstown State University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art and Technology, Graphic and Interface Design

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Employment and Salary Trends for Ohio Artists

According to the latest report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (March 29, 2012) Ohio is home to 53,830 salaried artists and designers. This creative group consists of fine artists, art directors, photographers, filmmakers, and more. The population of salaried artists has fluctuated quite a bit since 2002, when the state was home to 55,470 salaried artists. In 2006, the population fell to 53,560, but employment recovered in 2008, when the talent pool rose again to 56,330. Between 2008 and today, the industry here lost 2,500 salaried artist, but it is likely that it gained a significant number of freelancers and independent contractors.

Fortunately, salaries are on the rise. In 2002, Ohio’s salaried artists averaged $36,220. Salaries took a huge jump between 2002 and 2006 to $41,090. In 2008, salaries rose again to $42,140. Today, the average salary for Ohio artists it $44,060, but salaries (and employment growth) vary greatly by field. For example:

Fine Artists: Ohio was home to 320 salaried fine artists in 2002. Today, the population is around 190. Fortunately, salaries increased significantly between 2002 and today. In 2002, fine artists averaged $37, 200. Today, the average salary is  $49,380.

Art Directors: Ohio had a population of 670 art directors in 2002. By 2010, the population had increased significantly to 1,140. Salaries rose significantly as well. In 2002, Ohio art directors averaged $61,060. Today, the average salary is $82,840.

The U.S. is now home to 1.7 million artists and designers up from around 1.5 million in 2002. Salaries are up across the nation as well. The mean annual wage for artists nationwide is $53,850, up from $41,660 in 2002.