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Master’s Degrees in Fine & Studio Arts

3,527 Yearly Graduations
$27,000 Median Salary
$51,451 Median Debt
There are 287 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in Fine Arts. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 19% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 17.8% of Fine Arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Fine Arts Majors

In 2018-2019, 3,527 master's degrees were awarded to Fine Arts majors. This earns it the #49 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation.

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 Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in Fine Arts is $27,000. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $22,000 and the high is $31,600.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in Fine Arts is $51,451. 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, $79,130 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $40,770.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $600.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in Fine Arts. About 70.9% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,027
Women 2,500
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Fine Arts

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 161
Black or African American 119
Hispanic or Latino 281
White 2,026
International Students 628
Other Races/Ethnicities 312
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Fine Arts Master's Degree Students

There are 287 colleges that offer a master’s degree in Fine Arts. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

184 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for Fine Arts students seekinga master's degree is School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 184 master's degrees were handed out to Fine Arts majors at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. About 66% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

New York University

New York, New York
107 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in Fine Arts. Roughly 52,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 107 master's degrees were handed out to Fine Arts majors at NYU. Around 13% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 81% were women.

#3

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, California
94 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Academy of Art University comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in Fine Arts. Roughly 9,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $23,112 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $25,992 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 94 master's degrees were handed out to Fine Arts majors at Academy of Art University. Of these students, 79% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Sotheby's Institute of Art - NY

New York, New York
92 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Sotheby's Institute of Art - NY is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in Fine Arts. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 92 people received their master's degree in Fine Arts from Sotheby's Institute of Art - NY. Of these students, 90% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
74 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for Fine Arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is Yale University. Roughly 13,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $43,300 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 74 people received their master's degree in Fine Arts from Yale. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#6

The New School

New York, New York
71 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The New School is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in Fine Arts. Each year, around 10,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,770 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,710 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 71 people received their master's degree in Fine Arts from New School University. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 79% were women.

#7

School of Visual Arts

New York, New York
66 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

School of Visual Arts comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in Fine Arts. Roughly 4,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $41,900 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,940 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 66 people received their master's degree in Fine Arts from SVA. Of these students, 74% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Hunter College

New York, New York
56 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Hunter College is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in Fine Arts. Roughly 23,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 56 people received their master's degree in Fine Arts from Hunter. Around 16% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 79% were women.

#9

New York Academy of Art

New York, New York
55 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York Academy of Art comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in Fine Arts. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The Fine Arts program at New York Academy of Art awarded 55 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

#10

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, Rhode Island
54 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rhode Island School of Design comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in Fine Arts. Each year, around 2,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,800 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 54 people received their master's degree in Fine Arts from RISD. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

54 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Savannah College of Art and Design comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in Fine Arts. Roughly 14,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $37,575 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $38,475 per year.

The Fine Arts program at Savannah College of Art and Design awarded 54 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 85% of this group were women, and 15% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco, California
46 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Francisco Art Institute comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in Fine Arts. Each year, around 300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $45,664 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,850 per year.

The Fine Arts program at San Francisco Art Institute awarded 46 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 15% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#13

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
45 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for Fine Arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Iowa. 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, 45 people received their master's degree in Fine Arts from Iowa. About 69% of this group were women, and 16% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
43 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Cranbrook Academy of Art comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in Fine Arts. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The Fine Arts program at Cranbrook Academy of Art awarded 43 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 70% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois
42 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Eastern Illinois University comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in Fine Arts. Roughly 7,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,875 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,356 per year.

The Fine Arts program at Eastern Illinois University awarded 42 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 5% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 76% were women.

#15

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
42 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Wisconsin - Madison is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in Fine Arts. Each year, around 44,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,273 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,728 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 42 people received their master's degree in Fine Arts from UW - Madison. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 52% were women.

#17

Pratt Institute - Main

Brooklyn, New York
41 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pratt Institute - Main comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in Fine Arts. Each year, around 5,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,754 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,246 per year.

The Fine Arts program at Pratt Institute - Main awarded 41 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 61% of this group were women, and 17% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Maryland Institute College of Art

Baltimore, Maryland
37 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Maryland Institute College of Art is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master'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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 37 people received their master's degree in Fine Arts from MICA. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 73% were women.

#18

University of Nebraska at Kearney

Kearney, Nebraska
37 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for Fine Arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Nebraska at Kearney. Roughly 6,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,090 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,048 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 37 people received their master's degree in Fine Arts from UNK. Of these students, 86% were women and 8% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
36 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for Fine Arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Each year, around 200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $38,926 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $39,416 per year.

The Fine Arts program at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts awarded 36 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 61% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Music 6,038
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1,963
Design & Applied Arts 1,894
Drama & Theater Arts 1,783
Arts & Media Management 1,112

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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