You love art and people have always said you’re good at it. You have a keen eye for design and enjoy working on creative projects. You like to work hard on the details that make things look good – from your art to your surroundings. You work hard – and it pays off. Now you can start on a career that brings your curiosity and passion for art together in a growing career field with many opportunities for the future. Start right away at MxCC with an associate’s degree in fine arts with a concentration in graphics design to move forward toward a fulfilling career. The educational experience at MxCC offers a competitive edge for your future employment in a variety of fields, including marketing, advertising, publishing, printing, art directing, artistic design, multimedia design, illustration, animation, photography and web design.
Fine Arts/Graphic Design, A.S.
The Fine Arts degree program at MxCC is a 60-credit program. The degree typically takes two years to complete. Students can have a concentration in graphic design, which prepares students for future work in computer graphics, digital design, advanced drawing and illustration, as well as photography, art history and more. Following graduation, you will be prepared to find employment in a graphic design field or transfer to a four-year college.
Most graduates holding associate degrees will be seeking entry-level positions, which pay about $25,000 per year, depending on several factors. Pay increases with the employee’s level of education and experience. Often students find employment after graduation through their student internship experiences.
National Average Salaries for the year 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Graphic Designers – $54,999
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators – $54,999
Art Directors – $75,000
Set and Exhibit Designers – $54,999
Commercial and Industrial Designers – $74,999
Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers – $34,999
The overall job outlook in this field is favorable, although competition is strong for positions at all levels. For the latest, detailed salary information, visit: www.bls.gov.