What Arts Graduates Say: Education and Careers

A national study released this month shows that Americans with arts degrees are generally satisfied with their educational and career experiences. For example, nearly nine out of 10 employed arts graduates responding to the survey are satisfied with the job they spend the majority of their work time in. Of those employed alumni, 82 percent were satisfied with their ability to be creative in their current work, whether working in the arts or in other fields.

The report, A Diverse Palette: What Arts Graduates Say About Their Education and Careers, details findings from more than 36,000 arts alumni of 66 institutions. Participating schools include research universities, independent colleges of art and design, conservatories, liberal arts colleges, and arts high schools.

The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), which oversaw the research, is a collaboration between the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research and the Vanderbilt University Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy.  Participation in the annual survey is open for distribution by all degree-granting colleges and universities as well as arts high schools.


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