STEM Majors and Degrees

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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 TitleAverage Annual Salary
Advertising Manager$147,050*
Digital Interface (UX/UI) Designer$101,740*
Makeup Artist$93,850*
Industrial Designer$81,740*
Game Developer$79,149**
Landscape Architect$77,820*
Graphic Designer$64,500*
Web Designer$62,641**
3D Artist$57,871**
*Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2022 **Data from as of May 2023
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At the Academy of Art, 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 MajorAcademic Degrees Offered
Advertising & Branded Media TechnologyMA
Animation & Visual EffectsBFA/MFA/MA
Architectural DesignBA/MA
Communications & Media TechnologiesBA/MA
Game DevelopmentBFA/MFA/MA
Game ProgrammingBS
Graphic DesignBFA/MFA
Graphic Design & Digital MediaMA
Industrial DesignBFA/MFA/MA
Interior Architecture & DesignBFA/MFA/MA
Interaction & UI/UX DesignBFA/MFA/MA
Landscape ArchitectureBFA/MFA/MA
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STEM/STEAM Scholarships

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:

ScholarshipGranting Entity
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
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