Art and design is in high demand these days, and it’s getting harder to find girls to be your muse.
The number of art and design students at universities across the country is shrinking, with the percentage of women who are enrolled at the more traditional arts and crafts degree at schools like Duke and Northwestern falling by almost half since 2000, according to a report by the Association for the Advancement of Women in the Arts.
The report was released in the wake of the recent murder of a 16-year-old in Kansas City, Missouri, and has spurred debate about the need for art and creative education in the U.S.AASA has released a report that highlights the problem of art education and shows the diversity of the student body in these programs.
While the study points out that the number of women enrolled in the arts and design program is growing at the same time as the percentage at the traditional arts degree is dropping, the report also highlights the diversity in art and art education at universities.
“Our findings show that the percentage representation of women in arts and craft degrees has not been consistent over the last 20 years,” said Sarah Leibowitz, the executive director of the association, in a statement.
“As arts and arts programs continue to grow, the percentage is changing.
We also find that women students are increasingly taking the lead in making art and drawing and in creating the works that students create.”
The study also notes that the proportion of female students enrolled in art school at universities like the University of Pennsylvania and the University in California have increased from about 9 percent to 16 percent since 2000.
Women students account for 12 percent of all students in the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Institute of Architects.
The number of female enrollment at the arts programs at colleges has increased by nearly 50 percent since 2010, while the percentage with degrees in art has dropped from 12 percent to 3 percent, according the AASA report.