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Art and Design Careers in California

Art and Design Careers in California



Career Projections
Average Salaries for Art Careers
Training Requirements
State Art & Design Organizations
Career Connections

Career Projections

Employment of artists is projected to grow faster than average. Competition for jobs is expected to be keen for both salaried and freelance jobs in all specialties because the number of people with creative ability and an interest in art is expected to continue to exceed the number of available openings. Employment of architects is expected to increase by 16% until 2018. Current demographic trends will lead to an increase in demand for architects as the population of Sunbelt States continues to grow, the people living there will need new places to live and work. Employment of fashion designers is projected to grow by only 1% in the next several years. Some new jobs will arise from an increasing population demanding more clothing, footwear, and accessories. Employment of graphic designers is expected to grow 13%, as fast as the average for all occupations, as demand for graphic design continues to increase from advertisers and computer design firms. Employment of photographers is expected to grow 12% over the next several years, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for portrait photographers should increase as the population grows.

The fastest growing art related fields is interior design, which is expected to grow by 19%, faster than the average for all occupations. An increasing interest in interior design and awareness of its benefits will increase demand for designers.

Average Salaries for California Artists

Animators / Multimedia: $77,820 (National Range: $41k-$77K)

Artists (Painters, Sculptors and Illustrators): $67,440 (National Range: $29K-$61K)

Architects: $88,350 (National Range: $53K-$91K)

Fashion Designers: $75,110 (National Range: $42K-$87K)

Filmmakers (film and video editors): $110,300 (National Range:$33K-$77K)

Graphic Designers: $55,670 (National Range: $32K-$56K)

Interior Designers: $57,300 (National Range: $35k-62K)

Photographers: $46,260 (National Range: $20K-$44K)

Training Requirements

Animators / Multimedia
A career in animation requires you hold a bachelor’s degree or other post-secondary training in art and design. Most people in the animation career field earn a bachelor’s degree in fine art or animation.

Artists (Painters, Sculptors and Illustrators)
Students can earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and can continue on to receive their Master of Fine Arts (MFA), which is considered the highest degree for studying the fine arts. Many students who earn their MFA go on to teach college level courses.

Prospective architects can either complete a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture program or earn a bachelor’s degree in another field and then a Master of Architecture. In the U.S., all prospective architects must complete a minimum 3-year internship (5,600 hours) under the supervision of a licensed architect. After earning a degree and fulfilling internship requirements, you can become eligible through your state architectural registration board to take the Architecture Registration Examination (ARE). You need to pass all seven sections of the ARE in order to pass the exam in full.

Fashion Designers
Fashion designers typically need an associate or a bachelor’s degree in fashion design. Some fashion designers also combine a fashion design degree with a business, marketing, or fashion merchandising degree, especially those who want to run their own business or retail store.

Formal training can be a great asset to workers in filmmaking and television production, but experience, talent, creativity, and professionalism usually are the most important factors in getting a job.

Graphic Designers
A bachelor’s degree is required for most entry-level and advanced graphic design positions; although some entry-level technical positions may only require an associate degree.

Interior Designers
Entry-level interior designers typically hold at least a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. Professionals in the field continue on to earn a Master of Fine Arts or equivalent degree.

Professional photographers benefit from formalized education at institutions that specialize in the art of rendering photography. A major in photography provides studies in the aesthetic and practical areas of camera-generated imagery.

California Art & Design Organizations

California Design Organizations

American Institute of Graphic Arts Los Angeles Chapter
American Institute of Graphic Arts Orange County Chapter
American Institute of Graphic Arts Reno Tahoe Chapter
American Institute of Graphic Arts San Diego Chapter
American Institute of Graphic Arts San Francisco Chapter
>American Institute of Graphic Arts Santa Barbara Chapter
San Francisco Design Week
Cause Affect Design Biennial

Architecture Organizations

American Institute of Architects California Chapter

Interior Design Organizations

American Society of Interior Designers CA Central/ Nevada Chapter
American Society of Interior Designers Los Angeles Chapter
American Society of Interior Designers California North Chapter
American Society of Interior Designers California Orange County Chapter
American Society of Interior Designers Palm Springs/ Inland Chapter
American Society of Interior Designers Pasadena Chapter
American Society of Interior Designers California Peninsula Chapter
American Society of Interior Designers San Diego Chapter

Photography Organizations

Professional Photographers of California

Arts Organizations and Nonprofits in California

Northern California Art Centers

Berkeley Art Center (Berkeley)
Chico Art Center (Chico)
Creativity Explored (San Francisco)
Creative Growth Art Center – Oakland
Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito)
Intersection for the Arts (San Francisco)
The Lab (San Francisco)
Mendocino Art Center (Mendocino)
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (SF)<br / New Langton Arts (San Francisco)
NIAD Art Center (Richmond)
Pacific Art League (Palo Alto)
Pence Gallery (Davis)
Richmond Art Center
Roseville Arts (Roseville)
Sacramento Fine Arts Center (Sacramento)
Sanchez Art Center (Pacifica)
San Francisco Camerawork (SF)
San Luis Obispo Art Center (San Luis Obispo)
Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center (Ben Lomond)
Sebastopol Center for the Arts (Sebastopol)
Southern Exposure (San Francisco)
Vacaville Art League & Gallery (Vacaville)
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco)
Works / San Jose (San Jose)

Southern California Art Centers

18th Street Arts Center (Santa Monica)
Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena)
Angels Gate Cultural Center (San Pedro)
Barnsdale Park Municipal Art Gallery (Los Angles)
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens (San Clemente)
The Corita Art Center (Los Angeles)
The dA Center for the Arts (Pomona)
ECF Art Center (Los Angeles)
Gallery 825/LAAA (Los Angeles)
Huntington Beach Art Center (Huntington Beach)
Irvine Fine Arts Center (Irvine)

LA Artcore (Union Center for Fine Arts, Los Angeles)
Muckenthaler Cultural Center (Fullerton)
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Ana)
Palos Verdes Art Center (Rancho Palos Verdes)
Side Street Projects (Los Angeles)
Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles)
Valley Institute of Visual Art (Sherman Oaks)

California Non-Profit Art Organizations

ArtAngels (San Francisco)
Arts Council of Napa Valley (Napa)
Arts Council Silicon Valley (San Jose)
Arts Council of Sonoma County (Santa Rosa)
Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Coast County (Martinez)
Artist Resource (Northern California)
Art Share (Los Angeles)
ArtSpan (San Francisco)
Asian American Women Artists Association (San Francisco)
Brewery Art Association (Los Angeles)
Business Arts Council (San Francisco)
California Arts Council (Sacramento)
California Lawyers for the Art (several locations)
California Society of Printmakers (San Francisco)
City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department (LA)
Consejo Fronterizo de Arte y Cultura COFAC (Pasadena)
Cultural Council for Monterey County (Carmel)
Long Beach Arts (Long Beach)
Los Angeles County Arts Commission (LA)
Marin Arts Council (San Rafael)
Orange County Artsource
Palo Alto Art Center Foundation (Palo Alto)
Pro Arts (Oakland)
Riverside Arts Council (Riverside)
San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture (San Diego)
San Francisco Arts Commission  (San Francisco)
San Francisco Women Artists (San Francisco)
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (Santa Barbara)
Visual Aid (San Francisco)

Career Connections in California

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