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2021 Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in Illinois

22 Colleges
$22,071 Avg Salary
$29,661 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Fine & Studio Arts School for You

Fine & Studio Arts is the #29 most popular major in Illinois with 1,625 degrees and certificates awarded 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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in Illinois to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 22 schools in Illinois to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in Illinois

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

Top 10 Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Our analysis found Northwestern University to be the best school for fine and studio arts students who want to pursue a degree in Illinois. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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The excellent programs at Illinois State University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best fine and studio arts schools in Illinois. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public college 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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#3

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

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

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#4

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Eastern Illinois University is a great place for fine and studio arts students. EIU is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Charleston.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at EIU take out is $27,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 22 schools in Illinois that were part of this year’s ranking, Western Illinois University landed the # 5 spot on the list. WIU is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Macomb.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from WIU take out $23,251 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 $241.

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With a ranking of #6, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign did quite well on this year’s best schools for fine and studio arts students. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Champaign.

While working on their degree, Fine Arts majors at UIUC accumulate an average of around $26,985 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Augustana College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in Illinois list. Located in the small city of Rock Island, Augustana is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Northern Illinois 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 Dekalb, NIU is a public school with a large student population.

Fine Arts majors at NIU take out an average of $23,562 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $245.

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Wheaton College Illinois landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best fine and studio arts programs. Located in the large suburb of Wheaton, Wheaton College Illinois is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

After completing their degree, Fine Arts graduates from Wheaton College Illinois carry an average student debtload of $25,000. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $259.

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#10

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University 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. DePaul is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

After completing their degree, Fine Arts graduates from DePaul carry an average student debtload of $24,166. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $251, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Fine & Studio Arts Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 835
Ohio 823
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 22 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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