STEM + ART = Your STEAM-powered Education
Traditionally, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors offer some of the best educational pathways toward exciting job opportunities and high-paying salaries.
But in today’s swiftly evolving world, more is being asked of those pursuing these careers. STEM professionals must be able to work collaboratively on cross-disciplinary teams, consider the social implications of their work, and address problems with real-world solutions.
Average Salaries for Representative STEM Jobs
|Job Title||Average Annual Salary|
|Digital Interface (UX/UI) Designer||$101,740*|
|*Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2022 **Data from Glassdoor.com as of May 2023|
At the Academy, we integrate art and design thinking into all of our STEM majors to provide our students with a true STEAM education. These human-centered skills are widely recognized as being critically important for innovative thinking across all industries and disciplines, and foundational for solving real-world problems.
Our students are taught to collaborate, generate creative and innovative ideas that push beyond the obvious, and express their work in humanistic and practical ways. Adding the A to STEM prepares our students for the fluid job market and societal complexity of the 21st century.
STEM Benefits for International Students
For international students with F-1 immigration status who are enrolled in—or completing—a degree program in the United States, pursuing a STEM degree offers an additional 24 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) beyond the standard 12-month allotment. That’s three years of invaluable US-based work experience, which can lead to full-time sponsored employment and residency in the US and/or greater opportunities back in your home country.
Academy of Art University STEM Majors and Degrees
The Academy offers STEM-related majors in 14 unique creative disciplines with the opportunity to earn more than 30 different degrees.
|Academy of Art University Major||Academic Degrees Offered|
|Advertising & Branded Media Technology||MA|
|Animation & Visual Effects||BFA/MFA/MA|
|Communications & Media Technologies||BA/MA|
|Graphic Design & Digital Media||MA|
|Interior Architecture & Design||BFA/MFA/MA|
|Interaction & UI/UX Design||BFA/MFA/MA|
The number of STEM scholarships is growing every year. Award amounts range from a few hundred dollars to full tuition grants, and are offered by private corporations, non-profit organizations, and government entities. These scholarships can fund all or part of your education. Here are just a few of the scholarships offered today:
|Microsoft Imagine Cup Global Competition||$100,000|
|PG&E Better Together STEM Scholarships||$2,500-10,000|
|Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ+STEM Students||$5,000|
|NSF-Navy Civilian Service Fellowship-Scholarship||$43,000|
|Stantec Equity & Diversity Scholarship||$10,000|
|Deloitte Future Leaders Scholarships||$10,000|
|The Maodong Xu Science & Technology Scholarship||$1,000|
|Pacific Gas & Electric Company Asian ERG Scholarship||$10,000|
|Scholarship information from scholarships.com|