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Career and Education Opportunities for Fine Artists in Bridgeport, Connecticut

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for fine artists in the Bridgeport, Connecticut area. There are currently 740 working fine artists in Connecticut; this should grow by 11% to 820 working fine artists in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for fine artists are expected to grow by about 9.0%. Fine artists generally create original artwork using any of a wide variety of mediums and techniques.

A person working as a fine artist can expect to earn about $23 per hour or $48,340 per year on average in Connecticut and about $20 per hour or $42,650 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for fine artists are better than earnings in the general category of Art and Design in Connecticut and not quite as good as general Art and Design category earnings nationally. Jobs in this field include: commercial illustrator, newspaper illustrator, and stained glass artist.

There are seventy-five schools of higher education in the Bridgeport area, including fourteen within twenty-five miles of Bridgeport where you can get a degree to start your career as a fine artist. Given that the most common education level for fine artists is a Bachelor's degree, you can expect to spend about four years studying to be a fine artist if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Fine Artist

Fine Artist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, fine artists create original artwork using any of a wide variety of mediums and techniques.

Fine artists talk with clients and other interested parties regarding the nature and content of artwork to be produced. They also study different techniques to learn how to apply them to artistic endeavors. Equally important, fine artists have to maintain portfolios of artistic work to exhibit styles and abilities. They are often called upon to submit preliminary or finished artwork or project plans to clients for approval, incorporating changes as needed. Finally, fine artists monitor events and other circumstances, research specific subject areas, attend art exhibitions, and read art publications in order to optimize concepts and keep current on art world efforts.

Every day, fine artists are expected to be able to distinguish between colors. They need to be creative and generate new ideas. It is also important that they visualize how things come together and can be organized.

It is important for fine artists to integrate and design visual elements, such as line and perspective, so as to produce desired effects such as the illustration of concepts or moods. They are often called upon to use materials such as pens and ink or computer software to generate artwork. They also cut and fasten individual or mixed raw and manufactured materials and products to fashion works of art. They are sometimes expected to develop finished art work as decoration, or to elucidate or substitute for spoken or written messages. Somewhat less frequently, fine artists are also expected to develop sketches or likenesses of posed subjects or photographs, using any combination of freehand drawing, mechanical assembly kits, and computer imaging.

Fine artists sometimes are asked to furnish entertainment at special events by performing efforts such as drawing cartoons. They also have to be able to model substances such as clay or wax, using fingers and small hand tools to fashion objects and shade and fill in sketch outlines and backgrounds, using a variety of media such as water colors and transparent washes, labeling designated colors when needed. And finally, they sometimes have to furnish entertainment at special events by performing efforts such as drawing cartoons.

Like many other jobs, fine artists must be thorough and dependable and be able to work independently and make decisions on their own.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Bridgeport include:

  • Actor. Play parts in stage, television, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audience. May dance and sing.
  • Art Director. Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches, and direct workers engaged in art work, layout design, and copy writing for visual communications media, such as magazines, books, and packaging.
  • Craftsman. Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, and needlecraft.
  • Display Specialist. Plan and erect commercial displays.
  • Film or Videotape Editor. Edit motion picture soundtracks, film, and video.
  • Graphic Designer. Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.
  • Industrial Designer. Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
  • Interior Designer. Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.
  • Multi-Media Artist or Animator. Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, and commercials.
  • Music Composer. Write and transcribe musical scores.
  • Set and Exhibit Designer. Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
  • Writer. Create original written works.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Fine Artist Training

Naugatuck Valley Community College - Waterbury, CT

Naugatuck Valley Community College, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708-3089. Naugatuck Valley Community College is a medium sized college located in Waterbury, Connecticut. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 5,880 students. Naugatuck Valley Community College has 2 areas of study related to Fine Artist. They are:

  • Art/Art Studies, less than one year and associate's degree which graduated nine and ten students respectively in 2008.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, less than one year which graduated 2 students in 2008.

Central Connecticut State University - New Britain, CT

Central Connecticut State University, 1615 Stanley St, New Britain, CT 06050. Central Connecticut State University is a large university located in New Britain, Connecticut. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 12,233 students and an admission rate of 60%. Central Connecticut State University has a bachelor's degree program in Art/Art Studies which graduated twenty students in 2008.

Housatonic Community College - Bridgeport, CT

Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, CT 06604-4704. Housatonic Community College is a medium sized college located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 5,081 students. Housatonic Community College has an associate's degree program in Art/Art Studies which graduated three students in 2008.

Yale University - New Haven, CT

Yale University, , New Haven, CT 06520. Yale University is a large university located in New Haven, Connecticut. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 11,420 students and an admission rate of 10%. Yale University has 2 areas of study related to Fine Artist. They are:

  • Art/Art Studies, bachelor's degree which graduated 6 students in 2008.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, master's degree which graduated 56 students in 2008.

Manhattanville College - Purchase, NY

Manhattanville College, 2900 Purchase St, Purchase, NY 10577. Manhattanville College is a small college located in Purchase, New York. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 2,950 students and an admission rate of 52%. Manhattanville College has 3 areas of study related to Fine Artist. They are:

  • Visual and Performing Arts, bachelor's degree.
  • Art/Art Studies, bachelor's degree which graduated 21 students in 2008.
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Specialties, bachelor's degree.

SUNY Westchester Community College - Valhalla, NY

SUNY Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY 10595. SUNY Westchester Community College is a large college located in Valhalla, New York. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 11,090 students. SUNY Westchester Community College has 2 areas of study related to Fine Artist. They are:

  • Visual and Performing Arts, associate's degree which graduated 39 students in 2008.
  • Art/Art Studies, associate's degree which graduated 15 students in 2008.

The College of New Rochelle - New Rochelle, NY

The College of New Rochelle, 29 Castle Pl, New Rochelle, NY 10805-2339. The College of New Rochelle is a medium sized college located in New Rochelle, New York. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 5,087 students and an admission rate of 56%. The College of New Rochelle has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree program in Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Specialties which graduated one and nine students respectively in 2008.

Albertus Magnus College - New Haven, CT

Albertus Magnus College, 700 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511-1189. Albertus Magnus College is a small college located in New Haven, Connecticut. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 2,115 students and an admission rate of 81%. Albertus Magnus College has 2 areas of study related to Fine Artist. They are:

  • Art/Art Studies, bachelor's degree which graduated 8 students in 2008.
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Specialties, bachelor's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.

University of New Haven - West Haven, CT

University of New Haven, 300 Boston Post Road, West Haven, CT 06516. University of New Haven is a medium sized university located in West Haven, Connecticut. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 5,739 students and an admission rate of 68%. University of New Haven has a bachelor's degree program in Fine/Studio Arts which graduated two students in 2008.

Western Connecticut State University - Danbury, CT

Western Connecticut State University, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810-6826. Western Connecticut State University is a medium sized university located in Danbury, Connecticut. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 6,316 students and an admission rate of 58%. Western Connecticut State University has 2 areas of study related to Fine Artist. They are:

  • Art/Art Studies, bachelor's degree which graduated 29 students in 2008.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, master's degree which graduated 6 students in 2008.

SUNY at Purchase College - Purchase, NY

SUNY at Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase, NY 10577-1400. SUNY at Purchase College is a small college located in Purchase, New York. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 4,155 students and an admission rate of 24%. SUNY at Purchase College has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree program in Visual and Performing Arts which graduated eighty-five and two students respectively in 2008.

Gateway Community College - New Haven, CT

Gateway Community College, 60 Sargent Dr, New Haven, CT 06511. Gateway Community College is a medium sized college located in New Haven, Connecticut. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 5,140 students. Gateway Community College has an associate's degree program in Fine/Studio Arts which graduated four students in 2008.

Southern Connecticut State University - New Haven, CT

Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515-1355. Southern Connecticut State University is a large university located in New Haven, Connecticut. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 11,769 students and an admission rate of 63%. Southern Connecticut State University has a bachelor's degree program in Fine/Studio Arts which graduated thirty-six students in 2008.

Paier College of Art Inc - Hamden, CT

Paier College of Art Inc, 20 Gorham Ave, Hamden, CT 06514-3902. Paier College of Art Inc is a small college located in Hamden, Connecticut. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 221 students. Paier College of Art Inc has 3 areas of study related to Fine Artist. They are:

  • Art/Art Studies, bachelor's degree which graduated 4 students in 2008.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, two to four year which graduated 5 students in 2008.
  • Painting, less than one year and one to two year.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certification of Medical Illustrators: The Board of Certification of Medical Illustrators administers a certification program for illustrators who seek a recognizable means of credentialing.

For more information, see the Association of Medical Illustrators website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Bridgeport, Connecticut

Bridgeport, Connecticut
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Bridgeport is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut. It has a population of over 136,405, which has shrunk by 2.2% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Bridgeport, 151, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Bridgeport are valued at $110,900 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, twenty-six new homes were built in Bridgeport, down from forty-one the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Bridgeport are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, administrative and support and waste management services, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 25 minutes. More than 12.2% of Bridgeport residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 4.6%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Bridgeport is 12.1%, which is greater than Connecticut's average of 8.3%.

The percentage of Bridgeport residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 70.1%, is more than both the national and state average. Calvary Episcopal Church, Golden Hill United Methodist Church and Good Shepherd Christian Church are among the churches located in Bridgeport. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Episcopal Church and the United Church of Christ.

Bridgeport is home to the North Branch Bridgeport Public Library and the Challenger Learning Center as well as Went Field and Johnson Oak Park. Shopping centers in the area include Lafayette Shopping Plaza Shopping Center, Baldwin Plaza Shopping Center and Bayview Shopping Center.