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2021 Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Southeast Region

99 Colleges
$23,274 Avg Salary
$27,332 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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Southeast Region to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 99 schools in the Southeast Region to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Southeast 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

Our analysis found University of Virginia - Main Campus to be the best school for fine and studio arts students who want to pursue a degree in the Southeast Region . Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public school with a very large student population.

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#2

Duke University

Durham, NC

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Duke University is a great place for fine and studio arts students. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Durham.

After completing their degree, Fine Arts graduates from Duke carry an average student debtload of $90,295. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $1,052.

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#3

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend James Madison University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Southeast Region list. JMU is a very large public school located in the city of Harrisonburg.

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#4

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Virginia Tech. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Southeast Region list. Located in the city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#5

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

The excellent programs at Clemson University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best fine and studio arts schools in the Southeast Region . Clemson is a very large public school located in the suburb of Clemson.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from Clemson take out $22,160 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $230.

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North Carolina State University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Southeast Region list. NC State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Raleigh.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at NC State take out is $21,829. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $227.

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#7

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL

University of North Florida 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. UNF is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Jacksonville.

Fine Arts majors at UNF take out an average of $18,875 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $196.

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University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in the city of Athens, UGA is a public college with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, Fine Arts graduates from UGA carry an average student debtload of $27,242. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $303, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. U of F is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at U of F take out is $27,182. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $306.

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#10

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL

Florida Atlantic University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best fine and studio arts programs. FAU is a very large public school located in the city of Boca Raton.

After completing their degree, Fine Arts graduates from FAU carry an average student debtload of $18,750. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $195, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL

Florida Gulf Coast University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Southeast Region list. FGCU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Fort Myers.

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#12

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR

University of Arkansas ranked #12 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Southeast Region list. Located in the small city of Fayetteville, UARK is a public college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at UARK take out is $23,437. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $243.

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The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Alabama ranked #13 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Southeast Region list. UA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tuscaloosa.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at UA take out is $23,125. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $240.

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Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for fine and studio arts students. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public college with a very large student population.

Fine Arts majors at Florida State take out an average of $31,626 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $356.

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Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
15 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
16 Elon University Elon, NC
17 Belmont University Nashville, TN
18 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
19 The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN

Best Fine & Studio Arts Colleges by State

Explore the best fine and studio arts schools for a specific state in the Southeast region.

State Degrees Awarded
Georgia 924
Florida 1,437
Virginia 735
North Carolina 755
Tennessee 411
South Carolina 386
Kentucky 444
Louisiana 333
Alabama 402
Arkansas 197
Mississippi 140
West Virginia 148

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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