The studio art major is a broad program that covers multiple areas of art from drawing and painting to transmedia. Transmedia includes digital arts, performance art, and video art. During the course of the program, students engage in intense workshops (studios) in order to hone the creative and technical skills needed to work in a wide variety of careers. Just a few common careers for studio art graduates include advertising, animation, illustration, photography, web design, graphic design, set design, mural artist, sculpturist, cartoonist, textile designer, and landscape architect. These and many other creative career fields are plentiful in places like New York.
New York is an art and culture mecca filled with world-renowned museums, famous artists (past and present), and galleries galore. Major museums such as the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met), and the Whitney Museum attract millions of visitors each year and the state’s 1,000+ local galleries generate millions in business annually. Although art can be found across the state, some of the most famous art centers are Chelsea (focus: emerging and recently established artists, around 500 galleries), SoHo (focus: recently established artists, less than 100 galleries) Midtown and Uptown (focus: well-known artists), and Downtown and Brooklyn (focus: emerging and established artists).
In addition to galleries, museums, and more, New York is home to the second largest number of salaried artists in the country. Not only this, but the state has the number one metropolitan area for salaried artists (when it comes to employment level), and it is the third highest paying state for artists and designers. The state also has so many art schools you’ll lose count. Just a few famous New York art schools include Parson’s the New School for Design, New York Academy of Art, Fashion Institute of Technology, and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. While these schools offer a wide variety of programs for aspiring artists, several that you may not know about offer the best programs for studio artists. Continue reading to find out which schools are tops for aspiring studio artists.
New York Studio Art Schools
According to the most recent report by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), New York is home to 304 accredited colleges and universities. Although they can be found across the state, the most popular options for aspiring artists are in New York. However, the best schools for aspiring studio artists are located in smaller cities such as Saratoga Springs and Oswego. Scroll through the list below to learn more about New York’s most popular options for aspiring studio artists and what they have to offer.
State University of New York at Oswego - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Graphic Design, Studio Art with Concentration in Digital Media, Illustration
Skidmore College - Degrees Offered: B. S. Studio Art with Concentration in Communication Design, Digital Media
Employment and Salary Trends for New York Studio Artists
According to the latest report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (March 27, 2012), the state of New York is home 183,540 artists and designers. The population has increased since 2002, when the state was home to 155,130. Salaries are on the rise as well. The average salary for New York artists and designers was $50,280 in 2002. As of March 27, 2012, the average salary was $71,130 per year, making New York the third highest paying state for artists. The first is DC at an average salary of $75,760 per year, and the second is California at $71,840 per year.
It is important to note that salaries vary by industry, company, experience, location, and more. For example, at $86,860 per year, the highest paying (creative) industry for artists is the motion picture and video industries, and at an average of $108,430, art directors are the highest paid artists in the field. At an average salary of $76,240, the New York-White Plains-Wayne. NY-NJ metropolitan area is nation’s second highest paying metropolitan area for artists.
Salaries for independent artists and entrepreneurs may be higher or lower based on experience, specialization, type of company, location, and other factors. For example, illustrators that contract with multiple major New York studios can average $75K-$100K+ per year and artists with their own studios can earn six figures or more per year. However, according to the most recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (March 27, 2012), the average salary for independent artists is $70,200 per year, up from $51,340 between 2008 and 2010.