What Can I Do with a Major in Community Arts?

Community arts is an interdisciplinary study of the arts, combining themes of creative arts (art, music, theatre creative writing) with courses in Art History, Film Studies, English, Communication, Civic and Regional Development, Computer and Information Technology, and Commerce. This study includes experience conducting and applying research in creative practice.

Top NACE* Employability Skills of focus in this degree program

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Oral and Written Communications
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Information Technology Application
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism and Work Ethic

Local Job Statistics

According to the Americans for the Arts report on Arts & Economic Prosperity, “From 2000 to 2010, the number of nonprofit arts related organizations grew 49 percent (76,000- 113,000). In 2010, nonprofit arts and culture organizations alone supported 2.2 million full-time equivalent jobs.” The state of Ohio has more than 1,500 nonprofit arts organizations, 17 percent of which are in our immediate region. Community Arts majors may seek out positions as directors, coordinators, outreach specialists, designers, fundraisers, and art educators within these organizations.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook includes projections for Ohio job growth in 2012-2022. A number of fields that anticipate significant job growth and strong median incomes are ones that Community Arts majors may seek out: meeting, convention, and event planner (31 percent projected growth; $37,514 median income in 2014); social and community services manager (21 percent; $63,282); curator, museum technician, and conservator (12 percent; $44,082); public relations specialist (11 percent; $47,223); fundraising manager (10 percent; $86,486); art director/creative director (8 percent; $75,758); and producer and director (4 percent; $52,123).

  • Graduates with this degree are qualified for careers such as:
  • Artists (crafts, fine art, musician, dancer, choreographer, actor)
  • Creative Director/Producer
  • Designer (floral, fashion, industrial, interior, set)
  • Fundraising Manager
  • Arts-Related Small Business/Nonprofit
  • Outreach Specialist
  • Art Educator
  • Museum Technician/Conservator
  • Art Sales
  • Graduate Degree pursuit in arts and related areas