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2021 Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in Virginia

12 Colleges
$23,842 Avg Salary
$31,603 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Fine & Studio Arts School for You

With 735 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, fine and studio arts is the #50 most popular major in Virginia.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in Virginia ranking. Our analysis looked at 12 schools in Virginia to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in Virginia

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

Top 10 Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools

Our 2021 rankings named University of Virginia - Main Campus the best school in Virginia for fine and studio arts students. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.

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#2

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

Out of the 12 schools in Virginia that were part of this year’s ranking, James Madison University landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#3

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 #3 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in Virginia list. Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg.

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#4

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Out of the 12 schools in Virginia that were part of this year’s ranking, George Mason University landed the # 4 spot on the list. GMU is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Fairfax.

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#5

Radford University

Radford, VA

Out of the 12 schools in Virginia that were part of this year’s ranking, Radford University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Radford is a large public school located in the small suburb of Radford.

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#6

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA

Old Dominion University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in Virginia list. Old Dominion is a fairly large public school located in the city of Norfolk.

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#7

Marymount University

Arlington, VA

With a ranking of #7, Marymount University did quite well on this year’s best schools for fine and studio arts students. Marymount is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Arlington.

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Virginia Commonwealth University landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best fine and studio arts programs. VCU is a very large public school located in the city of Richmond.

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#9

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

University of Mary Washington came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in Virginia ranking. UMW is a small public school located in the suburb of Fredericksburg.

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#10

Mary Baldwin University

Staunton, VA

Mary Baldwin University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best fine and studio arts programs. Mary Baldwin is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Staunton.

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Best Fine & Studio Arts Colleges in the Southeast Region

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

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

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 12 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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