Salary Trends in Animation and Related Fields

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West Virginia Studio Art

The studio art major is in high demand, which is why colleges across the U.S. have taken notice. Many schools have expanded existing studio art programs or established new ones. A typical studio art program offers coursework in multiple disciplines, with a focus in up to two disciplines. Studio art majors may choose focus areas such as ceramics, fiber, glass blowing, illustration, painting and drawing, and photography. Many expanded programs now offer a focus in digital art, graphic design, interior design, and more.

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West Virginia Photography

West Virginia is home to dozens of art venues and art associations, as well as thousands of working and solo artists. The state’s working artists are employed with art museums and galleries, production studios, art centers, colleges, creative agencies, photography studios, and more. West Virginia-based photographers work in these environments and still others that you might not think of. Photographers are in demand at research centers, forensics services, law enforcement agencies, medical centers, public relations firms, entertainment companies, television stations, publishers, and more.

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West Virginia Fine Art

From Lost World Caverns to Huntington Museum of Art (HMOA), The Mountain State is home to some of the top attractions in the region, if not the U.S. Other things to see include the New River Gorge Bridge, Snowshoe Mountain, and Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. Artists and art lovers alike will also enjoy exploring The Art Museum of West Virginia University, or taking in a performance at Carnegie Hall—one of only four in the world. West Virginia is also comfortably close to several bustling cities that lie just beyond the border. These include Pittsburgh PA, Columbus OH, Baltimore MD, and Greensboro NC.

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West Virginia Digital Art

A painter’s tool of choice is the paintbrush. A graffiti artist uses spray paint to create art. A digital artist or designers uses computer software as a primary tool to create art for video games, websites, installations, and more. While most artists (especially independent artists) work long hours, digital artists and designers have one of the industries most grueling schedules outside of filmmaking. Deadlines are tight and working until 2 a.m. is common. However, digital artists and designers have such a passion for this type of art, that they welcome the challenge.

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Art Schools in West Virginia

November 5, 2012
West Virginia

West Virginia is one of the smallest states on the map. According to the most recent Census Bureau report (2012), The Mountain State is home to 1.8 million+ residents. While the population is among the smallest in the U.S., West Virginia is home to so many big attractions, you’ll lose count! The New River Gorge Bridge, Snowshoe Mountain, Lost World Caverns, and Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine are just a few.

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Top Graphic Design Programs in Wisconsin

Wisconsin is home to an impressive collection of fine colleges and universities. According to the latest report by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), The Badger State is home to 84 Title IV colleges and universities. Just a few of the state’s top Title IVs include Lawrence University, Carthage College, Marquette University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Beloit College, Carroll University, and The University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Wisconsin Graphic Design Schools

Wisconsin is home 84 Title IV degree-granting colleges and universities. Many of the states top Title IVs offer excellent programs for artists of all kinds—including graphic designers. Just a few of Wisconsin’s best schools for artists include Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), Viterbo University of La Crosse, Carroll University of Waukesha, and the University of Wisconsin system, which includes Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Millions of people play them. They earn billions each year. And the industry is growing at a rapid pace. Of course we’re talking about the gaming industry and the staggering statistics behind it. First, the video game industry is expected to generate more than $68 billion in sales by the end of 2012 and $112 billion+ by 2015. In 2010 alone, gaming companies sold 257 million video and computer games. The industry is expected to continue growing at a rapid pace thanks to the rise of mobile and online gaming.

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Wisconsin Web Design

A website is one of the most important marketing tools a company can have. A good website is even better! A good website has the potential to reach more people than television, radio, and direct mail combined, which is why web designers are in high demand—but not just for businesses. Even small organizations, clubs, and every day people with a message to convey have website.

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Wisconsin Visual Communication

Visual communications artists use graphic design, digital imaging, computer graphics, photography, sketches, software programs, and other tools to convey messages and defined ideas. While advertising and publication design are two of the biggest fields for visual communications artists, they are also growing in demand in the interior design industry, industrial design, and software design. So in addition to advertising agencies and publishing companies (books, magazines, newspapers), visual communications artists can find employment at technology firms, interior design firms, and industrial design companies.

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