High School Diploma in Art and Illustration

Career summary: Craft and Fine Artists

Average Salary


National Average, Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Outlook


1% job growth by 2028, which is below average

Earn a degree in art and illustration from an accredited college

One of the best ways to prepare for a career in art and illustration is through a college education. A High School Diploma will help you develop entry level skills, general art and illustration know how and the basic art and illustration experience you need to start your career off right. You may also consider a Diploma in Art and Illustration to help you take your education and career to the next level. Please select art and illustration school below.


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Why would I want an art and illustration degree?

Do you have a love of art? Working with your hands? Fine artists create their own voice through their artwork. A degree can give you the training you need to develop your artisitic skills and passion.

Job Description

What does a fine artist do?

Craft and fine artists use a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and exhibition. Craft artists create handmade objects, such as pottery, glassware, textiles or other objects that are designed to be functional. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, create original works of art for their aesthetic value, rather than for a functional one.


How much does a fine artist make?

Salary varies significantly by career, but most fine artists make $32,400 – $74,110 depending on their experience and position.

Career Outlook

How popular are fine art jobs?

The change in employment of craft and fine artists from 2018 to 2028 is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028. Employment growth for artists depends largely on the overall state of the economy and whether people are willing to spend money on art, because people usually buy art when they can afford to do so. During good economic times, people and businesses are interested in buying more artwork; during economic downturns, they generally buy less. However, there is always some demand for art by private collectors and museums.

Career Path

How do I become a fine artist?

Graphic designers usually need a bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field. Candidates for graphic design positions should demonstrate their creativity and originality through a professional portfolio that features their best designs.

Salary and career outlook data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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