Although it is one of the nation’s smallest states in population and size, Rhode Island is big when it comes to art and culture. The nation’s 43rd largest state is home to a large collection of art museums and more than 6,000 salaried artists and designers. Hundreds of freelance artists call Rhode Island home as well, and many reside in creative centers such as Providence, Warwick, Cranston, and Pawtucket. Whether salaried or freelance, Rhode Island’s diverse community of artists does its part to help beautify the state by creating colorful murals, striking sculptures, and eye-catching facades. These inventive individuals are also charged with erecting edgy exhibits for the state’s exceptional collection of art museums and centers.
Travel to progressive Providence where you’ll find one of the regions top art museums—The Museum of Art at Rhode Island School of Design. Head to Newport where breathtaking landscapes and the Newport Art Museum attract art aficionados and amateurs alike. Other interesting art venues, such as “pop-up” museums, include the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA), which utilizes spaces across the state for “pop-up” exhibits, and Warwick Museum of Art (WMOA), which is located in the state’s second most populous city—Warwick.
In addition to a diverse artist population and an impressive collection of art venues, The Ocean State is home to the bustling Rhode Island Film & TV Office, dozens of art associations, and scores of creative agencies. Just a few respected agencies include eDesign, Glad Works, Black Door Creative, Fleming + Company, Ninedot, and The Fenton Group. Rhode Island also has several major schools that offer programs for aspiring artists of all kinds—including Digital media artists.
According to the most recent report by the Institute of Education Sciences (August 2012), Rhode Island is now home to 13 Title IV degree-granting schools. More than 72,000 students attend, with 2,500 enrolled the state’s top art schools/programs alone. According to the latest figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau, art school enrollment is 110,273+ students across the nation.
Rhode Island Digital Media Schools
Rhode Island is home to around half a dozen schools that offer programs for aspiring artists and designers. Just a few include the prestigious University of Rhode Island, New England Institute of Technology, and Salve Regina University. While these schools have a variety of programs for aspiring artists and designers, two standouts offer programs for aspiring digital media artists. Continue reading to find out which schools are the best options for aspiring digital media artists, and what they have to offer.
Roger Williams University - Degrees Offered: B. A. Graphic Design Communication, B. F. A. Visual Arts Studies with Concentration in Film, Animation and Video or Photography and Digital Media
Rhode Island School of Design - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Film/Animation/Video, Graphic Design, Illustration; M. F. A. Digital + Media, Graphic Design; Certificate Animation
More Rhode Island Digital Media related programs to consider:
- Atlanta, Georgia; Savannah, Georgia; Lacoste, France; and SCAD eLearning
Employment and Salary Trends for Rhode Island Digital Media Artists
According to the latest report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (March 2012), Rhode Island is home to 6,110 artists and designers, up from 5,470 in 2002. They average $52,030 per year, up from $39,810 in 2002. Digital media artists are members of this lucky group and they work in a variety of fields such as advertising and public relations, computer graphics, multimedia and animation, interactive media, and graphic design. The information below will give you an idea of what to expect in the areas of employment and salary growth for several top fields.
Graphic Design - Rhode Island is home to 560 graphic designers. In 2002, the state was home to 510 graphic designers. Today, they average $52,840 up from $42,290 in 2002. Salaries are higher for independent designers and upper-level positions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “senior designers, who may supervise junior staff or have some decision-making authority that reflects their knowledge of graphic design,” earned a median salary of $60,000.
“Solo designers who freelanced or worked under contract reported median earnings of $57,000. Design directors, the creative heads of design firms or in-house corporate design departments,” earn $95,000. “Graphic designers with ownership or partnership interests in a firm or who are principals of the firm in some other capacity” average $95,000 per year. Artists and designers can expect the same trend in the advertising and public relations field, multimedia, and many others.
Multimedia and Animation - Rhode Island is home to 40 salaried multimedia artists & animators, down from 70 in 2006. However, salaries have increased significantly since 2006. In 2006, multimedia artists and animators averaged $41,450. Today, they average $57,380.
Public Relations – Rhode Island is home to 1,110 public relations specialists, up from 1,030 in 2002. They average $58,600, up from $50,550 in 2002.
Overall, the industries with the highest employment levels for digital media artists are film and video; advertising, public relations and related services; colleges, universities, and professional schools; radio and television broadcasting, and local government. Top paying industries for digital media artists include independent artists ($82,870), aerospace ($67,830), film and video ($67,200), manufacturing ($62,760), and office and administrative services ($60,430) www.bls.gov.