You've always been a creative person - a dreamer, a visionary, an artist. Chances are, the job you have now is big on boredom, small on creativity. Work is about getting paid, but a career should be about more than just making a living. A career should be about making something that you're proud of; creating something beautiful. That sort of fulfillment and artisanship can seem hard to come by in today's workforce. A degree from an art school can help you turn your creativity into a rewarding, professional career.

In the wealthiest, most advanced nation in the history of the world, over half of Americans are unhappy with the job they have. The Conference Board, a global market research firm, has conducted a widely-cited job satisfaction study for over 20 years. Their first survey, in 1987, found that over 61% of people were satisfied with their career. By last year, that number had dropped to an all-time low of 45.3%. It's not just that people aren't making enough money - many feel frustrated and bored by the repetitiveness of their workday and the lack of creativity in their daily tasks.

Many of us choose to define ourselves by what we do – “I'm a mechanic, I'm a sales manager, I‘m a painter." What does it mean when almost 55% percent of us are unsatisfied with the career path we've chosen? Something is terribly wrong.

We at University Bound believe in the American Dream. We believe that every person has the right to do something they love. Beyond that, we believe that with dedication, smart choices, and hard work, every person has the ability to succeed. You may not have the brushstroke to be the next Van Gogh; you may be too old to go to astronaut school, and unfortunately, “pirate" is not a legitimate profession, but it's not too late to have an exciting, well-paid, and fulfilling job in the creative arts. It is a job sector that is expanding massively as new technology and growing network capabilities increase demand for computer and Web-savvy artists, animators, photographers, and designers.

These are creative, desirable jobs in growing markets: all of our art school subcategories (graphic design, web design, etc.) have healthy growth rates, significantly higher than the 8.2% expansion for all civilian jobs forecasted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for 2008-2018. The BLS predicts that graphic design jobs will expand by 13%, multimedia animation jobs by 14%, photography jobs by 12%, and so on. Computer network, system and database administrators, the category in which the BLS includes Web designers, is expected to grow by a mind-boggling 30%. There are a growing number of good jobs available, but openings are expected to be competitive.

Pursuing an art degree will open up doors of opportunity that might not have been available to you before. You can have the career you’ve always wanted without having to sacrifice working to support yourself and your family. Additionally, more employers than ever before are looking at the education of the candidate AND the experience – earn both with an online art degree.