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Bachelor’s Degrees in Fine & Studio Arts

25,815 Yearly Graduations
$22,700 Median Salary
$25,195 Median Debt
There are 1,112 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 34% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 6.1% of Fine Arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Fine Arts Majors

In 2018-2019, 25,815 earned their bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. This makes it the 23rd most popular bachelor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in Fine Arts at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 25,815
Undergraduate Certificate 6,189
Associate’s Degree 4,063
Master’s Degree 3,527
Basic Certificate 830
Doctor’s Degree 238
Graduate Certificate 89

Earnings of Fine Arts Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts is $22,700. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $20,300 to a high of $25,925.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts is $25,195. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $27,000 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $21,750.

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The median monthly payment of a Fine Arts graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $261.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. About 72.8% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 7,013
Women 18,802
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Fine Arts

The racial-ethnic distribution of Fine Arts bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,798
Black or African American 1,621
Hispanic or Latino 3,940
White 14,588
International Students 1,584
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,284
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Fine Arts Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 1,112 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

587 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

School of the Art Institute of Chicago tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for Fine Arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. Roughly 3,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,814 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $42,904 per year.

The Fine Arts program at School of the Art Institute of Chicago awarded 587 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 74% were women.

389 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for Fine Arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is California State University - Long Beach. Each year, around 38,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 389 people received their bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from CSULB. Around 65% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 70% were women.

355 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for Fine Arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is California State University - Fullerton. Roughly 40,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 355 bachelor's degrees were handed out to Fine Arts majors at Cal State Fullerton. Of these students, 68% were women and 63% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

San Jose State University

San Jose, California
341 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
66% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Jose State University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in Fine Arts. Each year, around 36,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 341 people received their bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from San Jose State. Around 66% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

#5

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
279 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for Fine Arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of North Texas. Each year, around 39,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,295 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,900 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 279 bachelor's degrees were handed out to Fine Arts majors at UNT. About 75% of this group were women, and 39% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

268 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
68% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for Fine Arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is California State University - Northridge. Each year, around 39,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

The Fine Arts program at California State University - Northridge awarded 268 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 68% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

#7

Full Sail University

Winter Park, Florida
237 Yearly Graduations
31% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Full Sail University comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in Fine Arts. Each year, around 21,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $20,667 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,498 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 237 bachelor's degrees were handed out to Fine Arts majors at Full Sail University. Of these students, 31% were women and 39% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
222 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for Fine Arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Central Florida. Each year, around 69,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,478 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,916 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 222 people received their bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from UCF. Of these students, 63% were women and 52% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

San Diego State University

San Diego, California
193 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Diego State University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. Each year, around 35,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 193 people received their bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from SDSU. Of these students, 69% were women and 63% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Towson University

Towson, Maryland
172 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Towson University is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. Each year, around 22,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,962 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,902 per year.

The Fine Arts program at Towson University awarded 172 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 75% of this group were women, and 32% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon
164 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for Fine Arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Oregon. Each year, around 22,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,440 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,958 per year.

The Fine Arts program at University of Oregon awarded 164 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 65% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

153 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Tempe is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. Roughly 53,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,710 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,720 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 153 bachelor's degrees were handed out to Fine Arts majors at ASU - Tempe. Of these students, 76% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
150 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. Roughly 48,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,212 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,890 per year.

The Fine Arts program at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor awarded 150 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 80% of this group were women, and 18% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Maryland Institute College of Art

Baltimore, Maryland
149 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Maryland Institute College of Art is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. Roughly 2,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $48,510 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,510 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 149 bachelor's degrees were handed out to Fine Arts majors at MICA. About 79% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

147 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Washington - Seattle Campus is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. Roughly 47,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,198 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 147 people received their bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from UW Seattle. Around 44% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 82% were women.

#16

Georgia State University

Atlanta, Georgia
145 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Georgia State University is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. Roughly 35,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,158 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,164 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 145 bachelor's degrees were handed out to Fine Arts majors at Georgia State. About 73% of this group were women, and 61% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
145 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Iowa is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. Each year, around 31,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,073 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,079 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 145 people received their bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Iowa. Of these students, 70% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

144 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Arlington comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in Fine Arts. Each year, around 48,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,624 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,474 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 144 people received their bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from UT Arlington. Around 62% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 61% were women.

#19

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
142 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida State University comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in Fine Arts. Each year, around 42,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,684 per year.

The Fine Arts program at Florida State University awarded 142 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 81% were women and 34% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

137 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
86% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida International University comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in Fine Arts. Roughly 58,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,721 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,912 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 137 people received their bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from FIU. Around 86% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 66% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to Fine Arts that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Design & Applied Arts 19,137
Music 15,747
Drama & Theater Arts 12,791
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 11,308
General Visual & Performing Arts 3,315

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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