Steven Tepper, New Findings on the Careers of Arts Graduates
Steven Tepper is the senior researcher on a large national survey looking at the careers of arts graduates. He is collaborating with Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research on the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project.
New findings from that survey show that, contrary to widespread belief, most arts graduates are employed and hold jobs consistent with their educational goals. For example, 92% of those who wish to work currently are, with most finding employment soon after graduating. Two-thirds said their first job was a close match for the kind of work they wanted. And almost three-quarters (74%) of those who intended to work as a professional artist had done so at some point since graduating.
The findings of the SNAAP are based on information from 13,581 alumni of 154 arts high schools, arts colleges and conservatories, and arts schools and departments within universities. Those responding to the fall 2010 survey graduated from fine arts, theater, dance, music, creative writing, media arts, film, design and architecture programs.
Steven Tepper quoted on these new findings:
Arts-School Grads: Rich? Don’t Count on It. Content? Quite Possibly!
The Myth of the Starving Artist
Arts graduates find jobs, satisfaction