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2021 Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools

472 Colleges
$23,363 Avg Salary
$25,480 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 40,751 people earned a degree or certificate in fine and studio arts, making the major the #31 most popular in the United States.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

The Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 472 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best bachelor's degree programs for students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for Fine Arts majors pursuing a bachelor's degree.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Fine Arts

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Our analysis found Cornell University to be the best school for fine and studio arts students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, Fine Arts graduates from Cornell carry an average student debtload of $14,563. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $142, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Notre Dame. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Notre Dame.

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#3

Duke University

Durham, NC

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Duke University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Virginia - Main Campus helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best fine and studio arts schools in the United States. Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, Fine Arts graduates from University of Virginia carry an average student debtload of $17,480. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $187, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Brown University

Providence, RI

Out of the 472 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Brown University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from Brown take out $13,781 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree.

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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a very large public school located in the small suburb of San Luis Obispo.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo take out $16,765 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $156, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Williams College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for fine and studio arts students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, Fine Arts majors at Williams accumulate an average of around $14,187 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $148.

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With a ranking of #8, The College of New Jersey did quite well on this year’s best schools for fine and studio arts students working on their bachelor’s degree. TCNJ is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Ewing.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, Fine Arts graduates from TCNJ carry an average student debtload of $20,007. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $239, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor ranked #9 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from U of Michigan take out $16,224 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $179, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

University of Delaware landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree fine and studio arts programs. U of Delaware is a very large public school located in the suburb of Newark.

Fine Arts majors at U of Delaware take out an average of $21,680 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $231.

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University of Wisconsin - Platteville landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree fine and studio arts programs. UW - Platteville is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Platteville.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at UW - Platteville take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $24,853. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Southern California ranked #12 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, Fine Arts majors at USC accumulate an average of around $19,396 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $202.

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#13

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Fairfield University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Fairfield U is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Fairfield.

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University of Maryland - College Park landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree fine and studio arts programs. Located in the large suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public school with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at UMCP take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $20,643. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $218.

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#15

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Marist College came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Marist is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Poughkeepsie.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from Marist take out $21,306 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Southern Methodist University landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree fine and studio arts programs. SMU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Dallas.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from SMU take out $21,654 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Vassar College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for fine and studio arts students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. Vassar is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Poughkeepsie.

Fine Arts majors at Vassar take out an average of $15,919 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree.

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#18

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. JMU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Harrisonburg.

Fine Arts majors at JMU take out an average of $19,220 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $207, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#19

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at Carnegie Mellon take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $22,862. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $278, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#20

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for fine and studio arts students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #20 on the list. U of H is a very large public school located in the large city of Houston.

Fine Arts majors at U of H take out an average of $23,671 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $240.

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Concordia College at Moorhead landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree fine and studio arts programs. Concordia College Moorhead is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Moorhead.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from Concordia College Moorhead take out $22,883 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Wisconsin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Madison.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at Wisconsin take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $19,442. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $213.

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University of Nebraska at Kearney ranked #23 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the distant town of Kearney, UNK is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Fine Arts majors at UNK take out an average of $20,754 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $221.

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#24

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

With a ranking of #24, Virginia Tech did quite well on this year’s best schools for fine and studio arts students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the small city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, Fine Arts graduates from Virginia Tech carry an average student debtload of $22,934. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $246, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#25

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

With a ranking of #25, Northeastern University did quite well on this year’s best schools for fine and studio arts students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at Northeastern take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $19,471.

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Rest of the Top Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools

#27

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#28

Endicott College

Beverly, MA
#30

Towson University

Towson, MD
#34

Clemson University

Clemson, SC
#35

Taylor University

Upland, IN
#37

Stonehill College

Easton, MA
#41

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
#42

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA
#46

American University

Washington, DC
#47

Lebanon Valley College

Annville, PA
#50

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 472 different United States fine and studio arts schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
52 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
53 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
54 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
55 Rice University Houston, TX
56 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
57 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
58 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
59 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
60 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
61 Bradley University Peoria, IL
62 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
63 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
64 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
65 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
66 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
67 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
68 University of Georgia Athens, GA
69 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
70 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Fine & Studio Arts students that almost earned our Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
71 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
72 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
73 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
74 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
75 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
76 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
77 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
78 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
79 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
80 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
81 Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA
82 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
83 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
84 Eastern Connecticut State University Willimantic, CT
85 Chapman University Orange, CA
86 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
87 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
88 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
89 Boston University Boston, MA
90 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
91 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
92 University of Missouri - St Louis Saint Louis, MO
93 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
94 Susquehanna University Selinsgrove, PA

Fine & Studio Arts by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 9 majors within the area of study, fine and studio arts has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Fine Arts

Related Major Annual Graduates
Design & Applied Arts 36,179
Music 26,968
Drama & Theater Arts 17,726
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 16,756
General Visual & Performing Arts 5,720

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Jorge Royan.

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