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Art And Design

Art And Design

Career Possibilities

Some possible jobs within this career area are:


Depending on your field of choice, you might need to complete a degree program. Other fields, however, might require only a certification in a discipline. Available degrees for majors related to art and design include:
  • Master's Degree


Art and design careers are changing right along with technology. Today’s artists design rooms and cities on computers, compose music at the click of a mouse and edit their photographs digitally. Many artists are self-employed, or have more than one employer. Statistics show that careers in design and the arts tend to follow economic conditions, so there are more jobs available during economic booms.


You could complete a certification in as little as a year, or earn a Bachelor’s Degree in four years. You also might be eligible for summer courses, which could speed up the time it takes to complete your art or design coursework.

How to Pursue a Career as a Fashion Designer

If you have dreams of being on the next season of “Project Runway,” becoming the next Donna Karan, or building a fashion empire like Karl Lagerfeld, then a career in fashion may be the dream job for you.

A fashion designing career may offer a wide range of creative opportunities. You could be creating your own line of clothing and accessories, be a member of a big design team, or even apply your fashion skills to work as a retail buyer.

Training to Pursue a Career as a Fashion Designer

So how do you pursue a career as a fashion designer? The first step is to register in a fashion design school. You’ll want to have a general ability to sew, draw, and sketch before filling out design school applications although you’ll learn these skills as part of your studies.

One of the highlights of studying to become a fashion designer is preparing for the big show that happens at the end of your last semester. It’s your opportunity to showcase your best designs – as well as to impress important fashion industry professionals who use these shows to snap up new talent. It’s potentially a great way to get your foot in the door of this very competitive field.

Potential Fashion Designer Salaries

Just like most industries, salaries as a fashion designer can vary based on the company and your position and years of experience. Of course, not everyone who decides to become a fashion designer starts off making multi-million dollar deals like the super-star, brand-name designers. Expect to start off on the low end of the salary scale and work your way up.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median salaries of designers in specific industries as:
  • Apparel, Piece Goods and Notions Merchant Wholesalers $73,150
  • Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing $78,320
  • Specialized Design Services $80,720
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises $79,570
  • Performing Arts Companies $53,270
(Salary data retrieved 4/11/11)

A career in fashion – with all its creativity and glamour – can be a rewarding experience. To get the education you need to pursue becoming a fashion designer, find a degree program now!

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