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Digital Art Schools in New York

Written by ACR StaffMarch 8, 2012
Digital Art Schools in New York
Did you know.... In 2013 every movie nominated for an Oscar Award in the Best Visual Effects category had graduates from The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School (DAVE School at Universal Studios Orlando) in the credits. This year (2014), four of the five nominated films - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man 3, The Lone Ranger, and Star Trek Into Darkness- included DAVE School graduates. Those 4 films alone employed nearly 70 DAVE School graduates last year.
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New York has the second highest population of artists in the U.S. California has the largest. Many New York artists work with a variety of materials such as paint, plaster, and fiber, while others rely on computers and software to create art. Digital artists belong to this group. Although they use computers (mostly) to create art, digital artists can find work in more environments than painters and sculptors. Their skills are in high demand at ad agencies, media firms, animation studios, game design firms, web design companies, and other creative environments.

The state of New York is home to more than 180,000 artists. Many live in NYC—land of world-renowned museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum. While NYC is bursting at the seams with talented artists, other cities such as Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse also have their fair share.

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In addition to an amazing art scene and numerous avenues for artistic expression, New York is home to a variety of top-tier schools that offer programs for aspiring digital artists. Continue reading to learn more about New York’s best options for digital artists and where to find them.

New York Digital Art Schools

New York is home to the second largest number of art schools in the U.S. New York’s 300+ accredited colleges offer one of the widest variety of art degree programs in the U.S. Scroll through the list below to review New York’s best options for aspiring digital artists and what they have to offer.

Alfred
Alfred University/New York State College of Ceramics - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Digital Interactive Arts; M. F. A. Electronic Integrated Arts

Brooklyn
Brooklyn College, The City University of New York - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Digital Art; M. F. A. Art with Concentration in Digital Art

Pratt Institute
- Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Communications Design, Digital Arts; M. F. A. Communications Design, Digital Arts; M. S. Communications Design (with optional Emphasis in Digital Design), Package Design

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Employment and Salary Trends for New York Digital Artists

New York was home to more than 155,000 artists in 2002. By 2010, the population had increased to more than 180,000. The average salary for New York artists overall is $68,370 annually, up from $50,280 in 2002. That said, salaries for digital artists are literally “all over the place.” Some digital artists earn between $52,000-$60,000 a year, while others may earn $89,000 all the way up to $129,000+ per year.

In addition, salaries for digital artists vary greatly by field. For example, New York animators average more than $66,000 annually, while graphic designers average $57,510. Illustrators average more than $55,000 and art directors average $128,000+. Nationwide, mean annual wages of artists were $41,660 in 2002. The lowest paid artists earned less than $16,000, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $73,000. By 2010, the mean annual wage for artists was $52,290. The lowest paid artists earned $19,480 and the highest paid artists averaged an impressive $91,770.