By July 1, 2014, Georgia’s population growth had surpassed 10 million for the first time. It is one of the fastest growing states, and it is home to one of the nation’s fastest growing cities—Atlanta. Forbes lists Atlanta as the 12th fastest growing city in the U.S., and CNN Money ranks the city 10th in ‘Cities People are Moving to’. Although not as large or fast-growing as Atlanta, The Peach State is also home to one of the most charming cities in the U.S.—Savannah. The city of less than 150,000 is home to historic architecture, the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Telfair Museums, and more.
Atlanta is home to many of the state’s major art museums including High Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA), The Carlos Museum, and of course, SCAD Museum of Art. Combined, both cities house hundreds of galleries, art centers, and performance venues as well as dozens of art and design schools. Besides SCAD, just a few include the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, The Art Institute of Atlanta, and the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design of Georgia State University.
Georgia Art Schools
The State of Georgia is home to 132 Title IV degree-granting colleges and universities. More than 400,000 students attend, with thousands of students enrolled in Georgia art schools. More than 15,000 students are enrolled in Georgia’s top art schools alone. Take a look at the list below to review some of Georgia’s best options for aspiring artists and designers, and what they have to offer.
University of Georgia - Degrees Offered: BFA Graphic Design, Art with an Emphasis in Art X: Expanded Forms, MFA Dramatic Media Production, Interdisciplinary Certificate in New Media
Art Institute of Atlanta - Degrees Offered: BFA Media Arts & Animation, BFA Game Art & Design, BFA Illustration, BFA Visual Effects & Motion Graphics, BFA Visual & Game Programming, AA/BFA Digital Filmmaking & Video Production, AA/BFA Graphic & Web Design
Georgia State University - Degrees Offered: BFA Studio Art with a Concentration in Graphic Design, MFA Studio Art with Concentration in Graphic Design
University of West Georgia - Degrees Offered: BA/BFA Art with a Concentration in Graphic Design
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) – Degrees Offered: BA/BFA Graphic Design, Illustration, BFA Animation, Motion Media Design, and Interactive Design and Game Development, MA/MFA Graphic Design, Animation, Illustration, Motion Media Design, and Interactive Design and Game Development, MA Illustration Design. Programs may be offered at other SCAD campuses in Atlanta, Lacoste France, and Hong Kong.
Georgia Southern University - Degrees Offered: BFA Art with a Concentration in Graphic Design, MFA Fine Arts with Concentration in Graphic Design
More Georgia Schools with Art related programs:
- Orlando, Florida (Online Programs Available)
- Winter Park, FL & Online
- Computer Animation - Bachelor's - Online & Campus
- Game Programs - Bachelor's & Master's - Online & Campus
- Graphic Design & Digital Arts - Bachelor's - Online & Campus
- Film & Digital Cinematography - Bachelor's & Master's - Online & Campus
- Mobile Development - Bachelor's - Online & Campus
- Simulation & Visualization - Bachelor's - Campus
Employment and Salary Trends for Georgia Artists
Georgia is home to 44,480 professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media (ADESM) occupations up from 41,230 in 2013. They average $50,400 per year up from $48,400 in 2013. Just a few of the most common careers in the ADESM category are Animators and Multimedia Artists, Art Directors, Fine Artists (Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators), and Graphic Designers. Employment and salary trends are as follows:
Animators and Multimedia Artists: Georgia is home to 1,450 animators and multimedia artists averaging $55,970 per year. In 2013, the state was home to 850 animators and multimedia artists averaging $56,100 per year.
Art Directors: Georgia was home to 600 art directors in 2013, averaging $54,520 per year. Today, the state is home to 560 art directors averaging $93,470 per year.
Fine Artists: Georgia was home to 240 salaried fine artists in 2013. They earned an average salary of $40,450 per year. Today, the state is home to 300 fine artists averaging $40,360 per year.
Graphic Designers: Graphic designers are the largest group of artists and designers in the state. Georgia is home to 6,270 graphic designers averaging $51,380 per year. In 2013, the state was home to 5,060 graphic designers averaging $47,130 per year.
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