Reading Room: Careers in the Arts

Reading Room:Careers in the Arts: Who Stays and Who Leaves?
SNAAP Special Report for Spring 2020

By Alexandre Frenette and Timothy J. Dowd

Our research reveals a new class of arts school graduates: “the generalists.” SNAAP survey data have long confirmed the intuition that double majors combining a major in the arts with one outside the arts are less likely to stay in the arts as a career, compared to respondents with only a single arts major. However, much less intuitively, compared to arts-based workers who are more prone to specialization, graduates who expand the number of artistic occupations in which they have worked (what we call “generalists”) are much more likely to stay in the arts.

Source: Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP)