Believe it or not, many artists still prefer a paintbrush or pencils to a keyboard. These individuals often find work as sketch artists, caricature artists, storyboard artists, children’s book illustrators, fashion design sketch artists, cartoonists, and more. They work at publishing companies, legal agencies, newspapers, creative agencies, design firms, and independently.
While talent is essential to success in the art and design field, many employers still prefer candidates for formal training. This means, a degree. Fortunately, drawing and illustration programs are plentiful across the U.S., and several are available in the State of Vermont. Before we discuss Vermont’s choice options for drawing majors, here is a bit of information about The Green Mountain State and its lively art and culture scene.
Vermont is a small but scenic state that attracts outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds, art lovers from across the region, and resort lovers trying to escape from it all. Relaxing, hiking, and museum hopping are just a few favorite things to do in the fine cities of Vermont. Visit Shelburne where you can spend hours exploring the galleries, gardens, and historic houses of the Shelburne Museum. Swing by Brattleboro to browse the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, located in the cities historic downtown area.
Ride over to Middlebury College Museum of Art to find out why thousands of visitors pass through each year. Drive down to Burlington where you’ll find the Robert Hull Fleming Museum of Art at the prestigious University of Vermont campus. Or, walk through White River Junction where The Center for Cartoon Studies welcomes all cartoonists with a cause.
With so much inspiration and encouragement at every turn, it’s easy to understand why Vermont’s art and design community has more than 5,000 salaried members—and counting. Continue reading to find out about the best schools for drawing majors and where you’ll have to go to find them!
Vermont Drawing Schools
Vermont is home to 24 Title IV degree-granting colleges and universities. Title IVs are eligible for federal financial aid programs. This is great news for aspiring artists that might discover a private school that’s just the right fit. Just think, according to the Institute of Education Sciences, for the 2010–2011 academic year, annual current dollar prices for undergraduate tuition, room, and board were estimated to be $13,600 at public institutions, $36,300 at private not-for-profit institutions, and $23,500 at private for-profit institutions.
Scroll through the list below to review Vermont’s top options for drawing majors and what they have to offer.
Bennington College - Degrees Offered: B. A. Visual Arts with Digital Art, Drawing, Film & Video, Media Arts, Photography, Printmaking Emphasis
Castleton State College – Degrees Offered: B. A. Art with Concentration in Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Printmaking; B.A. Technical Theater & Design; B.S. Communication with Digital Media Concentration; Minor Art Studio, Film Studies
Northern Vermont University - Degrees Offered: B.A., Visual Communications, English with Film Studies Focus; B. F. A. Animation/Illustration, Design; B.S. Multimedia Communication, Computing with New Media Focus; A.S. Visual Arts, Visual Communications, Computing with New Media Focus; Minor Photography, Visual Arts
Vermont Drawing Schools – Other Options
The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) in White River Junction, “offers a course of study designed for a small group of dedicated students with a passion and appreciation for graphic novels, storytelling, writing, drawing, comics, and design. CCS offers a Master of Fine Arts degree and certificates. Experienced and internationally recognized cartoonists, writers, and designers teach classes.”
Also according to the CCS website, “The Center for Cartoon Studies is approved to grant the Master of Fine Arts Degree and One- and Two-Year Certificates by the State of Vermont Department of Education, and is a member of the Vermont Higher Education Council (VHEC).” However, CCS is not accredited.
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Employment and Salary Trends for Vermont Artists Specializing in Drawing
According to the latest report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (March 29, 2012) Vermont is home to 5,280 salaried artists and designers, up from 4,240 in 2002. They average $41,040 per year, up from $36,320 in 2002. As of March 29, 2012, the Bureau had not reported employment and salary figures for Vermont-based fine artists (drawing/illustration, sculpture, painting).
It is important to note that most artists work independently. According to the Bureau, the average salary for independent artists is significantly higher than salaries for full-time employees. As of March 2012, the average independent artist earned $82,870. Factors from company size to geographic location may also affect earnings.
Artists in the drawing/illustration industry may find employment opportunities just about anywhere in the State of Vermont. Just a few options include Lincoln Brown Illustration (Burlington), Spike Advertising (Burlington), Fiction Media Group (Vermont, Washington D.C., New York), KSV (Burlington, Boston, New York), Shark Communications (Burlington), hmc2 Agency (Richmond), Subatomic Digital (Williston), Dreamlike Pictures (Burlington) Mt. Mansfield Media (Colchester), Shadow Productions (Burlington), and Cavallaro Films (East Arlington).
Employment opportunities can be found all over the state, as you can see, but to increase your chances of landing a position in the field, try principal cities such as South Burlington, Burlington, Rutland, and Montpelier first. Castleton, Bennington, and Lyndonville are also worth looking into.