3D Artist Education and Job Facts

Learn about education and job options for 3-D artists. Find information on specializations, program accreditation and school application requirements. Schools offering Art degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Programs in several specialties are available in this field, including 3D animation, game development and new media development. Bachelor's and master's degrees are offered by public and private academic institutions. If you don't want to pursue a degree program, you may enroll in continuing education or noncredit programs that may award a certificate upon completion. Some programs allow you to complete all the requirements for a degree or certificate online.

Program Options Visual arts, animation and other design-related fields
Degree Options Bachelor's and master's
Median Salary (2015) $63,970 per year

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Should I Look for in a Program?

The National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD) is the national accrediting agency for schools offering arts and design programs. The NASAD accredits approximately 350 schools in the U.S. that offer visual arts programs, including programs for 3D arts training. If you enroll in a program not listed with NASAD, ensure that the school is registered with the state in which it is located.

How Do I Qualify for a 3D Artist Program?

Most degree-granting programs require you to have at least a high school diploma or equivalency before enrollment. Although you must usually submit an official high school or college transcript as part of the application process, some programs do not have a minimum grade point average requirement. Check with the particular program you're interested in to determine whether you need to take standardized entrance examinations. You may also need to provide recommendations from teachers or others familiar with your background, along with an arts portfolio.

What Is My Career Outlook?

You may find work constructing models based on concept art or as an animator bringing characters to life on the big screen or in the context of a video game. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the projected job growth for all and design workers was expected to be slower than average from 2014-2024, at 2%.

You might find stiff competition for salaried jobs and freelance assignments, since far more people aspire to enter the arts than there is available work to support them.

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  • The Art Institutes

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    • Virginia: Arlington
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  • Southern New Hampshire University

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  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

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