The craft artist tends to work outside the traditional fields of fine art (illustration, painting, and sculpture), making use of media like ceramics, glass, paper, textiles, wood, and metal. Craft artists must be knowledgeable about materials, trained to use them effectively, and able to create works which appeal to others.
Most colleges and universities offer courses and degrees in the arts, and many institutions are dedicated solely to degree programs in art and design. While no degree is required for a career in crafts, pursuit of a bachelor’s degree can be the best opportunity for students to gain experience with a variety of techniques and materials. Advanced degree programs offer concentrated training and studio time for craft artists wishing to focus on a specialty. Craft artists may be able to gain valuable expertise by being apprenticed to a master craftsman.