One of the standout facts of the survey is how much more education artists receive than the general population. This was true in 2007, and is even more true in 2017. In 2007, for instance, only 26% of the labour force over 25 had earned a university degree (18% undergraduate; 8% postgraduate) while almost 85% of artists had (40% undergraduate; 45% postgraduate!). Since then, modest increases have occurred in the education attainment levels in the labour force as a whole, with about 33% earning a degree in 2017. At the same time, education rates for artists have skyrocketed, with around 91% earning a degree. More astonishingly, a full 2/3rds of artists have earned graduate degrees.

 

This is one of a series of mini-reports on the results of the 2017 Waging Culture survey, a study of the socio-economic conditions faced by Canadian-resident professional visual artists. Supported by the Art Gallery of York University, it is an undertaking of Michael Maranda. This is the third iteration of the survey which was funded by a Supporting Artistic Practice project grant from the Canada Council.  Comments and questions may be directed to wagingculture@theagyuisoutthere.org

See also
Gallery representation and secondary markets

Gallery representation and secondary markets

Waging Culture 2017
28 Nov 2019
Social Class

Social Class

Waging Culture 2017
23 Nov 2019
Gender

Gender

Waging Culture 2017
14 Nov 2019
Citizenship and Racialized artists

Citizenship and Racialized artists

Waging Culture 2017
25 Oct 2019
First Language, Regions, and Age

First Language, Regions, and Age

Waging Culture 2017
3 Oct 2019
Methodology

Methodology

Waging Culture 2017
12 Sep 2019
The socio-economic status of Canadian visual artists

The socio-economic status of Canadian visual artists

Waging Culture 2012
26 Jun 2013
The socio-economic status of Canadian visual artists

The socio-economic status of Canadian visual artists

Waging Culture 2007
01 Apr 2009

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