Survey of alumni in the Department of Art and Design

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Survey of alumni in the arts

Messiah College recently participated in the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) survey of alumni in the arts. This survey has compiled data on the jobs, income and artistic life of more than 150,000 arts alumni nationwide. Our participation in this survey has given us not only information about our alumni, but has also allowed us to compare how our graduates are doing with the graduates of some of the major visual arts programs in the country. We found that our outcomes were as good as or better than graduates of schools such as the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design and the School of Visual Art, New York City.

Adjusted sample size: 270, response rate: 30%
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Our Alumni

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91% had a positive experience at Messiah.

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69% found work within four months of graduation or pursued further education.

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92% found work within a year after graduation or pursued further education.

100% of those who intended to work as professional artists have done so, and 78% currently do – higher percentages than the national average.

Where did we do better than our comparison groups?

Our students report significantly higher opportunities to make, perform or exhibit art.

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Our alumni reported stronger training in several areas of general education, including breadth of education, creative thinking, research skills, writing, project management skills and leadership skills.

Katheryn Brook ’18
studio art major
internship at Mattress Factory

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Our alumni also reported higher levels of community service, study abroad, internships and co-curricular activities.


83% say they are satisfied with their current job, much higher than in other fields.

More of our graduates felt that their work contributed to the greater good and that it reflected their interests and values.

In fact, 78% indicated that their work reflected their interests and values.

85% felt their work contributed to the greater good.