What You Can Do with a Degree

So What Kind of Job Can I Get with a Fine Arts Degree?

  • Studio Artist
  • Film Music Editor
  • Photographer
  • Communications Dir.
  • Music Teacher
  • Webpage Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Actor/Actress
  • Newscaster
  • Church Musician
  • Play Director
  • Station Programmer
  • Speech Writer
  • Advertising Director
  • Graphic Artist
  • Composer/Arranger
Show Me the Money!
The Chicago Tribune reports that college graduates earn on average 75% more money than those who only have a high school degree. In particular, graduates with a fine arts degree typically can earn between $28,000 and $50,000 for entry level jobs. (NACE 2014 Salary Report)

Degree Options

The Department of Art offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with concentrations in studio art, art education and graphic arts and minors in art and art history. The concentration in studio art prepares students for positions as artists or for further study in fine arts graduate programs. The concentration in art education prepares students for positions teaching art in school pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. The graphic arts concentration prepares students for positions in which graphic design skills are paramount, which include design, typography, layout and graphic design for publications and corporate image design.

Communication and Performance Studies
The ECU Communication & Performance Studies Program offers several degree concentrations to students in Communication & Performance Studies. The Communication Department studies the ways human communication impacts individuals, societies, and the world. Communication & Performance Studies majors may choose from four programs and four concentrations. Students participate in a broad variety of activities. They perform and tech stage productions, represent the university in intercollegiate speech and debate competition, and participate in both the American College Theatre Festival and the American College Dance Association Festival.

Mass Communication
The ECU Program in Mass Communication offers two concentrations and two minors to students committed to the study of mass media and strategic communication. Students in the Program produce audio and video programming, develop public relations and advertising campaigns, produce photojournalism and art photography projects and collaborate on integrated multimedia productions.

The Department of Music provides a musical foundation for all students, professional preparation for selected major fields in music and cultural enrichment for both the campus and community. ECU offers performance opportunities for all students, regardless of major, through membership in various ensembles including bands, choirs and chamber music groups. Studies in Piano, Organ, Opera and Composition are also available. These degree programs contain a variety of concentrated areas that include teacher certification, music business and sacred music.

Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Program at a Glance:

Dean: Dr. Kate Lang, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Director: Dr. Brad Jessop, School of Fine Arts
Programs: 4
Degrees: 4
Concentrations: 15
Minors: 8
Faculty: 23 full-time & 19 part-time
Organizations: 10
Scholarships: 36+
Size: 85,000 square feet
Location: 134A HBFFAC

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