Art & Design

Art & Design iconPrograms and majors in Art & Design lead to careers in photography, film, dance, art, video, graphic design and web development.

Do any of these things interest you?

  • Creating beautiful images.
  • Communicating information in a visual format.
  • Expressing yourself through art or music.
  • Writing code to create and maintain websites.
  • Inventing choreography.
  • Designing sound and lighting to support performances.

If so, take a look at careers in Art & Design below.

Careers in Art & Design
 

Art Director

Similar Job Titles:
Art Director; Art Supervisor; Creative Director; Creative Guru; Design Director; Designer; Director of Creative Services, Consumer Products; Group Art Supervisor; Production Manager; Senior Art Director

Description
Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.

Art Directors typically: Formulate basic layout design or presentation approach and specify material details, such as style and size of type, photographs, graphics, animation, video, and sound.  Manage own accounts and projects, working within budget and scheduling requirements.  Confer with creative, art, copywriting, or production department heads to discuss client requirements and presentation concepts and to coordinate creative activities.  Present final layouts to clients for approval.  Review and approve art materials, copy materials, and proofs of printed copy developed by staff members.

Hourly

$44.47

Regional

Salary

$92,500

Regional

 

Current Employment

390

Regional

 

Job Growth

2%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections: This occupation currently employs 390 people in the state. In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in Nevada is expected to increase by 2%.

Visit the Commercial Photography Program webpage

Learn more about a career as an Art Director

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.

 

Film Director

Similar Job Titles
Artistic Director, Assistant Director, Associate Artistic Director, Director, News Production Supervisor, Newscast Director, Stage Manager, Technical Director, Television Director (TV Director), Television Newscast Director

Description
Interpret script, conduct rehearsals, and direct activities of cast and technical crew for stage, motion pictures, television, or radio programs.

Film Directors typically: Supervise and coordinate the work of camera, lighting, design, and sound crew members.  Plan details such as framing, composition, camera movement, sound, and actor movement for each shot or scene.  Direct live broadcasts, films and recordings, or non-broadcast programming for public entertainment or education.  Confer with technical directors, managers, crew members, and writers to discuss details of production, such as photography, script, music, sets, and costumes.  Compile cue words and phrases and cue announcers, cast members, and technicians during performances.

Hourly

$34.43

Regional

Salary

$71,620

Regional

Current Employment

1,120

Regional

Job Growth

12%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections: This occupation currently employs 1,120 people in the state. In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in Nevada is expected to increase by 12%.

Visit the Videography & Film Program webpage

Learn more about a career as a Film Director 

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.

 

Film & Video Editor

Similar Job Titles
Assistant Film Editor, Editor, Film Editor, News Editor, News Video Editor, News Videotape Editor, Non-Linear Editor, Online Editor, Video Editor, Videographer

Description
Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

Film and Video Editors typically: Organize and string together raw footage into a continuous whole according to scripts or the instructions of directors and producers.  Review assembled films or edited videotapes on screens or monitors to determine if corrections are necessary.  Trim film segments to specified lengths and reassemble segments in sequences that present stories with maximum effect.  Determine the specific audio and visual effects and music necessary to complete films.  Set up and operate computer editing systems, electronic titling systems, video switching equipment, and digital video effects units to produce a final product.

Hourly

$33.64

Regional

Salary

$61,180

Regional

Current Employment

290

Regional

Job Growth

16%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections: This occupation currently employs 290 people in the state. In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in Nevada is expected to increase by 16%.

Visit the Videography & Film Program webpage 

Learn more about a career as a Film and Video Editor 

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.

 

Web Designer

Similar Job Titles
Designer, Technology Applications Engineer, Web Architect, Web Design Specialist, Web Designer, Web Developer, Web Development Director, Web Development Instructor, Webmaster

Description
Design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible Web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of Web and multimedia content.

Web Designers typically: Write supporting code for Web applications or Web sites.  Design, build, or maintain Web sites, using authoring or scripting languages, content creation tools, management tools, and digital media.  Back up files from Web sites to local directories for instant recovery in case of problems.  Write, design, or edit Web page content, or direct others producing content.  Select programming languages, design tools, or applications.

Hourly

$32.69

Regional

Salary

$67,900

Regional

Current Employment

820

Regional

Job Growth

15%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections: This occupation currently employs 820 people in the state. In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in Nevada is expected to increase by 15%.

Visit the Graphic Communications Program webpage (link to )

Learn more about a career as a Web Designer 

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.

 

Graphic Designer

Similar Job Titles
Artist, Creative Director, Creative Manager, Design Director, Designer, Graphic Artist, Graphic Designer, Online Producer, Production Artist, Publications Designer

Description
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects

Graphic Designers typically: Determine size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and select style and size of type.  Confer with clients to discuss and determine layout design.  Create designs, concepts, and sample layouts, based on knowledge of layout principles and esthetic design concepts.  Develop graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and Web sites.  Use computer software to generate new images.

Hourly

$23.41

Regional

Salary

$48,700

Regional

Current Employment

2,080

Regional

Job Growth

10%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections:This occupation currently employs 2,080 people in the state. In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in Nevada is expected to increase by 10%.

Visit the Art Program webpage 

Learn more about a career as a Graphic Designer 

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.

 

Choreographer

Similar Job Titles
Artistic Director, Ballet Director, Choreographer, Dance Director, Dance Maker, Musical Choreographer

Description
Create new dance routines. Rehearse performance of routines. May direct and stage presentations.

Choreographers typically: Direct rehearsals to instruct dancers in how to use dance steps, and in techniques to achieve desired effects.  Teach students, dancers, and other performers about rhythm and interpretive movement.  Choose the music, sound effects, or spoken narrative to accompany a dance.  Advise dancers on how to stand and move properly, teaching correct dance techniques to help prevent injuries.  Design dances for individual dancers, dance companies, musical theatre, opera, fashion shows, film, television productions, and special events, and for dancers ranging from beginners to professionals.

Hourly

$23.28

Regional

Salary

$48,420

Regional

Current Employment

80

Regional

Job Growth

9%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections: This occupation currently employs 80 people in the state. In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in Nevada is expected to increase by 9%.

Visit the Dance Program webpage (link to )

Learn more about a career as a Choreographer 

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.

 

Professional Musician/Singer

Similar Job Titles
Choir Member, Entertainer, Gospel Singer, Opera Singer, Singer, Singer Songwriter, Singing Messenger, Singing Telegram Performer, Tenor, Vocalist

Description
Sing songs on stage, radio, television, or motion pictures.

Professional Musician/Singers typically: Memorize musical selections and routines, or sing following printed text, musical notation, or customer instructions.  Sing as a soloist or as a member of a vocal group.  Perform before live audiences, or in television, radio, or movie productions.  Interpret or modify music, applying knowledge of harmony, melody, rhythm, and voice production to individualize presentations and maintain audience interest.  Practice singing exercises and study with vocal coaches to develop voice and skills and to rehearse for upcoming roles.

Hourly

$26.96

Regional

Salary

$53,120

Regional

Current Employment

790

Regional

Job Growth

9%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections: This occupation currently employs 790 people in the state. In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in Nevada is expected to increase by 9%.

Visit the Music Program webpage 

Learn more about a career as a Professional Musician/Singer 

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.

 

Sound Engineering Technician

Similar Job Titles
Audio Engineer, Audio Operator, Broadcast Engineer, Broadcast Technician, Master Control Operator, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Sound Engineer, Sound Technician, Studio Engineer

Description
Operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, recording studios, or movie and video productions.

Sound Engineering Technicians typically:  Confer with producers, performers, and others to determine and achieve the desired sound for a production, such as a musical recording or a film.  Prepare for recording sessions by performing such activities as selecting and setting up microphones.  Record speech, music, and other sounds on recording media, using recording equipment.  Regulate volume level and sound quality during recording sessions, using control consoles.  Separate instruments, vocals, and other sounds, and combine sounds during the mixing or postproduction stage.

Hourly

$26.83

Regional

Salary

$55,810

Regional

Current Employment

17,000

National

Job Growth

6%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections: This occupation currently employs 17,000 people in the United States. In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in the United States is expected to increase by 6%.

Visit the Music Program webpage

Learn more about a career as a Sound Engineering Technician 

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.

 

Dancer

Similar Job Titles
Ballerina, Ballet Company Member, Ballet Dancer, Ballet Soloist, Belly Dancer, Company Dancer, Dance Artist, Dancer, Performing Artist, Soloist Dancer

Description
Performs dances. May perform on stage for on-air broadcasting or for video recording.

Dancers typically:  Train, exercise, and attend dance classes to maintain high levels of technical proficiency, physical ability, and physical fitness.  Study and practice dance moves required in roles.  Harmonize body movements to rhythm of musical accompaniment.  Perform classical, modern, or acrobatic dances in productions, expressing stories, rhythm, and sound with their bodies.  Collaborate with choreographers to refine or modify dance steps.

Hourly

$14.25

Regional

Salary

$29,640

Regional

Current Employment

1,430

Regional

Job Growth

10%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections: This occupation currently employs 1,430 people in the state. In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in Nevada is expected to increase by 10%.

Visit the Dance Program webpage

Learn more about a career as a Dancer 

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.

 

Actor

Similar Job Titles
Actor, Actress, Comedian, Comic, Community Theater Actor, Ensemble Member, Narrator, Performer, Tour Actor, Voice-Over Artist

Description
Play parts in stage, television, radio, video, motion picture productions, or other settings for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audience. May dance and sing.

Actors typically: Collaborate with other actors as part of an ensemble.  Portray and interpret roles, using speech, gestures, and body movements, to entertain, inform, or instruct radio, film, television, or live audiences.  Work closely with directors, other actors, and playwrights to find the interpretation most suited to the role.  Perform humorous and serious interpretations of emotions, actions, and situations, using body movements, facial expressions, and gestures.  Study and rehearse roles from scripts to interpret, learn and memorize lines, stunts, and cues as directed.

Hourly

$17.49

Regional

Salary

$36,400

Regional

Current Employment

220

Regional

Job Growth

11%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections: This occupation currently employs 220 people in the state. In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in Nevada is expected to increase by 11%.

Visit the Theatre Program webpage 

Learn more about a career as an Actor

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.


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Degrees & Certificates in This Area of Study


Art (Associate of Arts)

Dance (Certificate of Achievement)

Graphic Communications: Graphic Design (Associate of Applied Science)

Graphic Communications: Web Design (Associate of Applied Science)

Music (Associate of Arts)

Music Business & Technology (Certificate of Achievement)

Photography: Commercial Photography (Associate of Applied Science)

Photography: Videography & Film (Associate of Applied Science)

Theatre (Associate of Arts)

NOTE: Associate of Arts, Business, and Science degrees are intended for transfer to another NSHE institution. Associate of Applied Science degrees are for a specific occupation, intended to respond to the needs of the workforce and may transfer to a NSHE institution offering a Bachelor of Applied Science degree.