According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, nearly 62 percent of artists are self-employed. Those not self-employed often work in publishing, advertising, newspaper and magazine journalism and other specialized design fields. The career outlook for artists is better than average though competition for both freelance and salaried positions is expected to be strong. The overall employment forecast for artists and those in related fields is anticipated to increase by 16 percent through 2016.
I would tell prospective students that majoring in art is by no means an easy task, but honest hard work, dedication, and an enthusiasm for the subject and content areas will make it all worth while.
—Jennifer Winkler, BSED, BA '12
I am currently a Graduate student. I do find myself more prepared. Where I may have not been in strict technically driven classes, others seem to lack in self motivation. They wait for answers rather than exploiting all their surrounding resources. My professors at Ashland showed me that the information is out there, you just have to look.
– Casey Snyder, Class of 2010