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What’s a BFA worth?

How likely will you work as an artist with a BFA? A 2014 study by BFAMFAPhd, Artists Report Back: A National Study on the Lives of Arts Graduates and Working Artists, shows that more US art graduates work in art-related fields but only eight percent make a living as artists. This means, out of two million US art graduates 10 percent earn a living as an artist. The statistics get even more specific depending on your major. But, isn’t art a practical major that promotes employability? It most certainly does. Through the Fine Arts program, you learn a variety of skills like critical thinking, resourcefulness, and communication that are unquestionably beneficial for success later in your career.

But, do you need an art degree to work as a living artist? Surprisingly, 40 percent of working artists don’t have a degree at all and only 16 percent of working artists do have an arts-degree. It’s hard to accept the facts that an art degree isn’t necessary to work as an artist. So, what’s a BFA worth to you?

See the full report by BFAMFAPhd here

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