Monday, November 19, 2012

Art Major Myths: SNAAP

See Strategic National Arts Alumni Project 2011 Snapshot

Many myths surround aspiring art majors, full of bleak futures and overwhelming student debt. Meanwhile, the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) paints a picture gainfully employed and satisfied individual artists.

As we work together to improve artists’ fulfillment with their practices and overall prospects in our state, this new data helps give a framework for the value of arts education.

SNAAP, out of the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, gathers detailed information from art majors across the country to better understand art major’s career paths and satisfaction rates.

More than 33,000 arts alumni have taken the survey, which focused on an expanding number of art schools and departments. Schools, parents, students and our community can advance the importance of the arts with this information.

With dramatic changes in education systems and careers in the arts, this research outlines more contentment than I would have anticipated from art majors. For instance, 77% say they would go back to their degree-earning institution. See the snapshot of 2011 information for more interesting facts.

1 comment:

Julia Kirt said...

Looks like this focus on outcomes for university majors affects more fields. Certainly the liberal arts are working hard to remain relevant in our society.