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Working As An Art Coordinator

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Getting Information
  • Make Decisions

  • $59,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Art Coordinator Do

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and career and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.

Duties

Postsecondary teachers typically do the following:

  • Teach courses in their subject area
  • Work with students who are taking classes to improve their knowledge or career skills
  • Develop an instructional plan (known as a course outline or syllabus) for the course(s) they teach and ensure that it meets college and department standards
  • Plan lessons and assignments
  • Work with colleagues to develop or modify the curriculum for a degree or certificate program involving a series of courses
  • Assess students’ progress by grading assignments, papers, exams, and other work
  • Advise students about which classes to take and how to achieve their goals
  • Stay informed about changes and innovations in their field
  • Conduct research and experiments to advance knowledge in their field
  • Supervise graduate students who are working toward doctoral degrees
  • Publish original research and analysis in books and academic journals
  • Serve on academic and administrative committees that review and recommend policies, make budget decisions, or advise on hiring and promotions within their department

Postsecondary teachers, often referred to as professors or faculty, specialize in a variety of subjects and fields. Some teach academic subjects, such as English or philosophy. Others focus on career-related subjects, such as law, nursing, or culinary arts.

At colleges and universities, professors are organized into departments that specialize in a subject, such as history, science, business, or music. A professor may teach one or more courses within that department. For example, a mathematics professor may teach calculus, statistics, and a graduate seminar in a very specific area of mathematics.

Postsecondary teachers’ duties vary with their positions in a university or college. In large colleges or universities, they may spend their time teaching, conducting research or experiments, applying for grants to fund their research, or supervising graduate teaching assistants who are teaching classes.

Postsecondary teachers who work in small colleges and universities or in community colleges often spend more time teaching classes and working with students. They may spend some time conducting research, but they do not have as much time to devote to it.

Full-time professors, particularly those who have tenure (a professor who cannot be fired without just cause), often are expected to spend more time on their research. They also may be expected to serve on more college and university committees.

Part-time professors, often known as adjunct professors, spend most of their time teaching students.

Professors may teach large classes of several hundred students (often with the help of graduate teaching assistants), smaller classes of about 40 to 50 students, seminars with just a few students, or laboratories where students practice the subject matter. They work with an increasingly varied student population as more part-time, older, and culturally diverse students are going to postsecondary schools.

Professors need to keep up with developments in their field by reading scholarly articles, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences. A tenured professor must do original research, such as experiments, document analysis, or critical reviews, and publish their findings.

Some postsecondary teachers work for online universities or teach online classes. They use websites to present lessons and information, to assign and accept students’ work, and to participate in course discussions. Online professors communicate with students by email and by phone and might never meet their students in person.

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Educational requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of educational institution. Most commonly, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges. In career and technical schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.

Education

Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year colleges and universities typically need a doctoral degree in their field. Some schools may hire those with a master’s degree or those who are doctoral degree candidates for some specialties, such as fine arts, or for some part-time positions.

Doctoral programs generally take multiple years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree program. They spend time completing a master’s degree and then writing a doctoral dissertation, which is a paper presenting original research in the student’s field of study. Candidates usually specialize in a subfield, such as organic chemistry or European history.

Community colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s degree. However, in some fields, there are more applicants than available positions. In these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.

Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. At a minimum they must hold the degree of the program in which they are teaching. For example, the teacher must hold an associate’s degree if they teach a program that is at the associate’s degree level. In addition, work experience or certification may be just as important as education for getting a postsecondary teaching job at a career or technical school.

Other Experience

Some institutions may prefer to hire those with teaching or other work experience, but this is not a requirement for all fields or for all employers.

In health specialties, art, or education fields, hands-on work experience in the industry can be important. Postsecondary teachers in these fields often gain experience by working in an occupation related to their field of expertise.

In fields such as biological science, physics, and chemistry, some postsecondary teachers have postdoctoral research experience. These short-term jobs, sometimes called “post-docs,” usually involve working for 2 to 3 years as a research associate or in a similar position, often at a college or university.

Some postsecondary teachers gain teaching experience by working as graduate teaching assistants—students who are enrolled in a graduate program and teach classes in the institution in which they are enrolled.

Some postsecondary teachers, especially adjunct professors, have another job in addition to teaching.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Postsecondary teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license, certification, or registration, may need to have—or they may benefit from having—the same credential. For example, a postsecondary nursing teacher might need a nursing license or a postsecondary education teacher might need a teaching license.

Advancement

A major goal for postsecondary teachers with a doctoral degree is attaining a tenure—a guarantee that a professor cannot be fired without just cause. It can take up to 7 years of moving up the ranks in tenure-track positions. The ranks are assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Tenure is granted through a review of the candidate’s research, contribution to the institution, and teaching.

Tenure and tenure track positions are declining as institutions are relying more heavily on part-time faculty.

Some tenured professors advance to administrative positions, such as dean or president. For information on deans and other administrative positions, see the profile on postsecondary education administrators. For more information about college and university presidents, see the profile on top executives.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. To challenge established theories and beliefs, conduct original research, and design experiments, postsecondary teachers need good critical-thinking skills.

Interpersonal skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be able to work well with others and must have good communication skills to serve on committees and give lectures.

Resourcefulness. Postsecondary teachers need to be able to present information in a way that students will understand. They need to adapt to the different learning styles of their students and teach students who have little or no experience with the subject.

Speaking skills. Postsecondary teachers need good communication skills to give lectures.

Writing skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be skilled writers to publish original research and analysis.

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Art Coordinator Career Paths

Art Coordinator
Graphic Designer Marketing Coordinator Marketing Specialist
Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Designer Owner
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Instructor Lead Teacher
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Art Teacher Special Education Teacher Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Art Teacher Special Education Teacher Lead Teacher
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Art Teacher Special Education Teacher Adjunct Instructor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Consultant Assistant Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Executive Assistant Property Manager
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Art Instructor Adjunct Professor Principal
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Art Instructor Adjunct Instructor Owner
Owner And Founder
6 Yearsyrs
Art Instructor Adjunct Instructor Chairperson
Chairperson, Board Of Directors
6 Yearsyrs
Artist Manager Assistant Director
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Artist Manager President
Advisory Board Member
5 Yearsyrs
Artist Owner Founder
President And Founder
5 Yearsyrs
Coordinator Team Leader Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Coordinator Lead Teacher Education Director
Campus Director
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Executive Administrative Assistant Business Owner
Entrepreneur
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Artist Front End Developer Senior Java Developer
Founder, Co-Owner
5 Yearsyrs
Instructor Assistant Professor Department Chairperson
Academic Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Art Educator 4.8 years
Art Teacher 3.4 years
Art Instructor 3.0 years
Art Coordinator 3.0 years
Coordinator 2.7 years
Head Coordinator 2.6 years
Art Assistant 1.6 years
Art Internship 0.7 years
Top Careers Before Art Coordinator
Internship 12.1%
Teacher 10.6%
Artist 4.6%
Volunteer 4.5%
Instructor 3.5%
Assistant 2.8%
Secretary 2.7%
Top Careers After Art Coordinator
Internship 8.9%
Teacher 6.9%
Artist 5.8%
Volunteer 5.5%
Instructor 4.7%
Owner 4.2%
Director 3.3%

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Art Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

62.0%

Male

26.2%

Unknown

11.7%
Ethnicity

White

61.2%

Hispanic or Latino

17.4%

Black or African American

10.4%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.5%

French

19.3%

Italian

8.3%

German

3.7%

Portuguese

2.8%

Dutch

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Russian

0.9%

Hindi

0.9%

Chinese

0.9%

Hebrew

0.9%

Cantonese

0.9%

Japanese

0.9%

Mandarin

0.9%

Slovak

0.9%

Kinyarwanda

0.9%

Tagalog

0.9%

Hmong

0.9%

Lingala

0.9%

Sinhala

0.9%
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Art Coordinator Education

Schools

New York University

8.3%

University of Phoenix

7.8%

School of Visual Arts

6.7%

Columbia College Chicago

6.7%

San Francisco State University

5.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.6%

Arizona State University

5.0%

University of California - Los Angeles

5.0%

University of Washington

5.0%

Florida State University

5.0%

University of the Arts

4.4%

Savannah College of Art and Design

4.4%

Lesley University

4.4%

Western Illinois University

4.4%

Syracuse University

3.9%

University of Cincinnati

3.9%

Temple University

3.9%

California College of the Arts

3.3%

Michigan State University

3.3%

University of Pennsylvania

3.3%
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Majors

Fine Arts

19.4%

Graphic Design

11.0%

Business

7.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

7.2%

Psychology

6.4%

Communication

6.1%

Education

5.3%

Photography

5.1%

Elementary Education

5.1%

Music

4.0%

Theatre

3.3%

Educational Leadership

3.0%

English

2.9%

Marketing

2.2%

Rehabilitation Science

2.1%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Entertainment Business

1.8%

Management

1.8%

Social Work

1.7%

Curriculum And Instruction

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.6%

Masters

25.9%

Other

16.8%

Associate

5.9%

Certificate

3.7%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.2%
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How much does an Art Coordinator make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Art Coordinator in the United States is $59,473 per year or $29 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $32,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $109,000.

Real Art Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Production and Art Coordinator Julio Himede Design Inc. New York, NY Jun 10, 2016 $75,000
Instructional & Curriculum Media Arts Coordinator Inner-City Arts Los Angeles, CA May 11, 2015 $72,363
Instructional & Curriculum Media Arts Coordinator Inner-City Arts Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2015 $58,240
Coordinator Master of Arts Teaching Programs Concordia University Chicago River Forest, IL Jul 01, 2015 $56,040
Art Coordinator La Colombe Torrefaction, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Sep 21, 2015 $48,000
Art Coordinator La Colombe Torrefaction, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Dec 18, 2014 $48,000
Art Coordinator Tauromakia Ltd. New York, NY Nov 10, 2011 $46,728
Art Coordinator Education Francaise Greater Boston Winchester, MA Jun 11, 2014 $45,622
Art Coordinator Education Francaise Greater Boston Winchester, MA Oct 01, 2011 $45,622

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  2. Curriculum Development
  3. Art Direction
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  • Acquired advertising sponsor income from local businesses and community leaders.
  • Provided art direction for collaborative team building for annual event productions in dance, music, and spoken word poetry.
  • Work in Adobe Photoshop with on the image outlines and adding and subtracting backgrounds.
  • Developed and implemented age-appropriate art programs to improve motor and behavioral skills of students.
  • Planned special events for cross-departmental promotion.

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