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2021 Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region

83 Colleges
$23,555 Avg Salary
$28,974 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Fine & Studio Arts School for You

Out of all the majors we analyze each year, fine and studio arts was ranked #31 in the country. In fact 40,751 degrees and certificates were handed out in 2018-2019.

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're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This report analyzed 83 schools in the Great Lakes Region to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region

Check out the Fine Arts programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 15% Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools

#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Our 2021 rankings named University of Notre Dame the best school in the Great Lakes Region for fine and studio arts students. Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Notre Dame.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, Fine Arts majors at U of Michigan accumulate an average of around $17,269 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 $179.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means University of Wisconsin - Platteville is a great place for fine and studio arts students. UW - Platteville is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Platteville.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means University of Wisconsin - Madison is a great place for fine and studio arts students. Wisconsin is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Madison.

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The excellent programs at University of Wisconsin - Whitewater helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best fine and studio arts schools in the Great Lakes Region . Located in the distant town of Whitewater, UW - Whitewater is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#6

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

With a ranking of #6, Northwestern University did quite well on this year’s best schools for fine and studio arts students. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#7

Taylor University

Upland, IN

Taylor University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the distant town of Upland, Taylor U is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Illinois 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 suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from Illinois State take out $21,749 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $226, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire ranked #9 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. UW - Eau Claire is a fairly large public school located in the city of Eau Claire.

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#10

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Purdue is a fairly large public school located in the small city of West Lafayette.

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#11

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Bradley University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for fine and studio arts students. It came in at #11 on the list. Bradley is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Peoria.

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With a ranking of #12, University of Wisconsin - Stout did quite well on this year’s best schools for fine and studio arts students. Located in the distant town of Menomonie, UW - Stout is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Fine & Studio Arts students in the Great Lakes Region that almost earned our Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region award.

Rank College Location
13 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
14 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
15 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
16 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN

Best Fine & Studio Arts Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 835
Ohio 823
Illinois 1,625
Indiana 675
Wisconsin 703

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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