Occupation Info

Fashion Artist

Overview: Fashion artists draw and sketch wearing apparel and accessories for men and women to be used in advertisements, illustrations for magazines, catalogs and newspapers. They confer with fashion designers to identify clothings most important features, attend fashion shows and study new fashion designs.
Duties: They create drawings and sketches of women's and men's clothing and accessories for use in advertisements.

They decide upon artistic techniques to be used to make consumers aware of the most important features of the new fashions.

They attend fashion shows to determine how to best artistically differentiate between new fashions.

They confer with fashion designers to determine the test media and artistic techniques to use for different types of consumer groups.

Degree(s): A.S. Music 
A.S. Dance 
A.S. Art: Concentrations in Art & Design or Art History 
A.S. Theatre: Concentrations in Acting or Technical Theatre 
Job Outlook: Employment of fashion artists is expected to show little or no change through 2018. An increasing population’s demand for new and stylish affordable clothing will create need. Although apparel production is increasing done overseas, firms are likely to keep design work in house.
Salary Range (National Average): $27,000 to $32,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: A college degree from a college or fashion design or art school is the usual required training. Coursework in fashion design, commercial art, studio arts, and computer-assisted design are beneficial. A portfolio with examples of your best art work is suggested.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

* For New York green job information .

Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreementswith other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.

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