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2021 Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in California

44 Colleges
$23,810 Avg Salary
$30,915 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Fine & Studio Arts School for You

In 2018-2019, 6,630 degrees and certificates were awarded to fine and studio arts students who went to a California college or university. This makes it the #24 most popular major in the state.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

The Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in California ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 44 schools in California to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in California

The following schools top our list of the Best Fine & Studio Arts Colleges.

Top 10 Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools

Our analysis found Gemological Institute of America-Carlsbad to be the best school for fine and studio arts students who want to pursue a degree in California. Located in the city of Carlsbad, Gemological Institute of America-Carlsbad is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at Gemological Institute of America-Carlsbad take out is $8,233. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $85, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in California list. Located in the small suburb of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a public college with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, Fine Arts majors at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo accumulate an average of around $15,000 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $156, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 44 schools in California that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Southern California landed the # 3 spot on the list. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at USC take out is $19,500. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $202, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Loyola Marymount University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in California list. Loyola Marymount is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at Loyola Marymount take out is $20,750. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $215.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of California - Berkeley. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in California list. Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a fairly large student population.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from UC Berkeley take out $12,312 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $128.

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University of California - Los Angeles ranked #6 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in California list. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, Fine Arts graduates from UCLA carry an average student debtload of $15,102. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $157, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of California - Santa Barbara did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for fine and studio arts students. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from UCSB take out $18,166 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $189.

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San Jose State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for fine and studio arts students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the large city of San Jose, San Jose State is a public college with a very large student population.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from San Jose State take out $15,646 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $162.

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Chapman University

Orange, CA

With a ranking of #9, Chapman University did quite well on this year’s best schools for fine and studio arts students. Chapman is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Orange.

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University of California - San Diego did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for fine and studio arts students. It came in at #10 on the list. UCSD is a very large public school located in the large city of La Jolla.

Fine Arts majors at UCSD take out an average of $16,500 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $171, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Fine & Studio Arts Colleges in the Far Western US Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Washington 434
Oregon 461
Nevada 129
Hawaii 80
Alaska 54

Fine & Studio Arts is one of 9 different types of programs to choose from.

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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