If you love to draw, but have no idea how to turn your passion into a career, you’re in luck. A successful career in drawing is more realistic now more than ever before, especially if you have real talent and the right training. We found a variety of schools that offer art and design programs in the State of Utah, and several offer solid programs for drawing (and illustration) majors. Before we discuss Utah’s best schools for drawing majors, take a look at the many career options for artists with a specialization in drawing:
- Advertising (storyboards, mock-ups, presentations)
- Fashion design (sketch artist)
- Law (sketch artist, courtroom artist)
- Newspapers (comic art, caricatures, political cartoons)
- Publishing (cover art, children’s books)
- Set Design
Utah is home to a variety of accredited colleges with top-tier art and design programs. Just a few include Dixie State College of Utah (St. George), Neumont University (South Jordan), and Stevens-Henager College (Ogden, Provo/Orem). Continue reading to learn more about Utah’s best options for drawing majors and where to find them.
Utah Drawing Schools
Utah is home to 41 Title IV degree-granting colleges and universities. Schools with Title IV status are eligible for federal financial aid programs. This is good news for aspiring artists that may choose a private school over a state school. Tuition for most private schools is typically much higher than tuition for state schools. Scroll through the list below to take a look at Utah’s best drawing schools and what they have to offer.
Southern Utah University (SUU) - Degrees Offered: B.A. Studio Art with Graphic Design, Drawing, Illustration, Painting, Printmaking, Photography Focus; B. F. A. Studio Art Graphic Design, Drawing, Illustration, Painting, Printmaking, Photography Focus
Utah State University - Degrees Offered: B.A., B. F. A. Art with Specialization in Drawing + Painting, Graphic Design, Photography, Printmaking; M. F. A. Art with Specialization in Drawing + Painting, Graphic Design, Photography, Printmaking
Utah Valley University (UVU) - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art and Visual Communications with Emphasis in Fine Art, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography
Brigham Young University (BYU) - Degrees Offered: B.A. Media Arts with Film Emphasis, Visual Arts (also Minor); B. F. A. Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Photography, Studio Arts
Salt Lake City
The University of Utah – Degrees Offered: B.A. Film and Media Arts, Animation, Entertainment Arts and Engineering Emphasis, B. F. A. Art with Graphic Design Emphasis; B. F. A. Art Studio, Art with Painting/Drawing, Photography/Digital Imaging Emphasis; M.F.A. Art, Film Production, Entertainment Arts and Engineering; Screendance Certificate
Dixie State College of Utah – Degrees Offered: B.A. Communications with Digital Film Production Emphasis; B.A., B.S. Art with Visual Arts Track; B.A. Art with Graphic Design, Painting/Drawing, Photography/Digital Imaging Emphasis; B. S. Computer and Information Technology with Emphasis in Visual Technologies
More Utah Drawing related programs to consider:
- San Francisco & Online
- Winter Park, FL & Online
Employment and Salary Trends for Utah Artists Specializing in Drawing
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports salary and employment information for artists and designers as a “major group,” and fine artists as a “subgroup.” Artists working in drawing/illustration are categorized as “fine artists.” According to the latest report by the Bureau (March 29, 2012), Utah is home to 15,770 artists and designers, up from 13,800 in 2002. They average $42,690 per year, up from $34,700 in 2002.
Utah’s 220 salaried fine artists average $43,640 per year, down from $48,240 in 2006. Fortunately, the talent pool has increased at a steady rate over the last six years. In 2006, Utah was home to 140 salaried fine artists. It is important to note that hundreds of Utah-based fine artists work independently. In fact, the art industry attracts more independent workers than any other field. These individuals may make more or less than average based on a variety of factors from clients to specialty to location.
Artists in the drawing industry may find employment opportunities just about anywhere in the State of Utah. However, some of the most lucrative positions can be found in Salt Lake City (the state’s largest city), West Valley City (2nd largest), Provo, and West Jordan. Also worth looking into are smaller principal cities such as Orem, Sandy, Ogden, St. George, and Layton.