Online Doctoral Degrees in Art & Design

An online doctoral degree in art and design may prepare individuals for a career in academia. In this three to five-year program, students may gain in-depth knowledge of fine art history and education while cultivating their own personal creativity. Popular areas of concentration may include art history, art practice, and industrial design.

Upon graduation, students may seek employment in their chosen area of concentration. Doctoral-level art and design graduates may find employment in education, advertising, and print media.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree at minimum
  • Program Length: Three to five years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment
  • Projected Employment Growth: 10% (2010-2020)*

Program Concentrations

A doctoral-level art and design degree may consist of research-heavy dissertation courses alongside core coursework specific to the student’s chosen area of concentration. Students may take courses such as visual art history, contemporary critical theory, and art practice. Possible areas of concentration for a doctoral degree in art and design may include the following:

  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Industrial Design
  • Film Production
  • Fine Art
  • Art Practice

Career Options

Doctoral-level graduates may gain employment in post-secondary education, advertising, fashion design, print media, and graphic design. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in industrial design are projected to increase by 10% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Art Director
  • Magazine Editor
  • Industrial Designer
  • Multimedia Artist

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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