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Performing, Visual & Media Arts

Make a living and a life by creating aha moments. Use your chosen medium to express yourself, tell stories, connect with others and even solve problems.

To make that magic, you have more to learn. Study what others have done. Practice for hours. Hone your technique. Take chances, take critiques, make something out of what looks like nothing to everyone else.

Bring Your Genius to Work

Your genius may be in making something original, taking a technique further, blending talents or guiding others in their own growth. Identify and strengthen your genius at DCC.

Employment growth in visual arts and design tends to be slower than other fields, while media and communication demand remains about average.

Many artists see their craft as a central passion, not a pre-defined career. Training in the arts helps you develop your problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills. Those are high-demand skills that adapt to many jobs.


Art & Design Median Wage: Slightly higher than the all-professions average of $45,760


Media & Communication Median Wage: Higher than the all-professions average 

Focus on Creativity and Technique:

Studying performing, visual and media arts prepares you for a variety of careers, including:

  • Actor or musician performing for an audience
  • Administrator leading a theater, nonprofit or other arts organization
  • Art therapist helping others understand themselves through creativity
  • Graphic designer working in digital or print media
  • Journalist or writer telling stories in words
  • Studio artist creating original paintings, sculptures or other work
  • Photographer or videographer capturing and editing images
  • Public relations professional managing organizational reputations
  • Teacher of visual, performing or media arts

Performing, visual and media arts attract people who want to:

  • Create work that moves or inspires others
  • Express their personal point of view
  • Apply their skills to solve practical problems
  • Learn and practice technical skills
  • Teach and preserve artistic traditions
  • Work independently, even when part of a team

DCC’s programs can prepare you to create your own work, find jobs where you can apply artistic and technical skills, or continue your education.


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