Friday, September 25, 2015

Art Degrees Growing in Popularity for International Students

By Jordan Friedman
World Education Services

Whether it’s painting, drawing or graphic design, the number of international students pursuing fine and applied arts degrees in the United States has risen steadily in the past several years, according to data from the Institute of International Education.

Fine arts include works that are created essentially to be aesthetically or intellectually appealing, whereas applied arts incorporate the concepts of design and creativity into the use of everyday objects. Painting, drawing, and sculpting is considered fine arts, whereas graphic design and fashion design, for instance, would fall into the latter category.

A student might choose to pursue an art program for various reasons, including the enjoyment they get out of studying the discipline as well as its role as a creative outlet. Although some may be skeptical about the job outcome that will follow, there are numerous career paths you can consider by earning an art degree, from a designer to a makeup artist to an architect. 

Check out the graph below to see how the popularity of fine and applied arts as a degree option for international students has grown in the past six years:

So, let’s take a look the numbers: In 2010, the number of international students in the U.S. on the road to earning a fine or applied arts degree was roughly 35,800. That number rose to about 51,200 last year, marking a 43 percent increase.

To break it down further, those studying visual and performing arts skyrocketed last year, increasing by 258 percent to around 39,000 from almost 11,000. Oddly enough, though, the number of students pursuing degrees in architecture dropped 65 percent (from nearly 35,000 to about 12,100).

WES Student Advisor will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, September 29 at 10 a.m. focusing on applying to art and design programs in the U.S. Register here.

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