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2021 Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Plains States Region

40 Colleges
$25,125 Avg Salary
$27,523 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.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. 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 help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Plains States Region ranking. This report analyzed 40 schools in the Plains States Region to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Plains States Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for Fine Arts majors pursuing a .

Top 10 Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools

Our 2021 rankings named University of Nebraska at Kearney the best school in the Plains States Region for fine and studio arts students. Located in the town of Kearney, UNK is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

While working on their degree, Fine Arts majors at UNK accumulate an average of around $21,250 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $221.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Concordia College at Moorhead. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Plains States Region list. Concordia College Moorhead is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Moorhead.

Fine Arts majors at Concordia College Moorhead take out an average of $25,000 in student loans while working on their egree. 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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#3

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Iowa. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Plains States Region list. Located in the small city of Iowa City, Iowa is a public college with a very large student population.

Fine Arts majors at Iowa take out an average of $27,398 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $303, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 40 schools in the Plains States Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Minnesota State University - Mankato landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the city of Mankato, Minnesota State University - Mankato is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Fine Arts majors at Minnesota State University - Mankato take out an average of $28,687 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $298, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO

The excellent programs at Lindenwood University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best fine and studio arts schools in the Plains States Region . Lindenwood University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Saint Charles.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at Lindenwood University take out is $26,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $270, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Nebraska at Omaha ranked #6 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Plains States Region list. UNOMAHA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Omaha.

While working on their degree, Fine Arts majors at UNOMAHA accumulate an average of around $22,981 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $239, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Missouri - Columbia came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Plains States Region ranking. Mizzou is a very large public school located in the city of Columbia.

Fine Arts majors at Mizzou take out an average of $25,500 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $265, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

Truman State University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Plains States Region list. Truman State is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Kirksville.

After completing their degree, Fine Arts graduates from Truman State carry an average student debtload of $23,638. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $245.

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#9

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN

Saint Cloud State University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Plains States Region list. St. Cloud State University is a large public school located in the city of Saint Cloud.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at St. Cloud State University take out is $28,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $291, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 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. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, Fine Arts graduates from UMN Twin Cities carry an average student debtload of $19,656. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $204.

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Best Fine & Studio Arts Colleges by State

Explore the best fine and studio arts colleges for a specific state in the Plains States region.

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 561
Minnesota 461
Kansas 266
Iowa 356
Nebraska 175
North Dakota 34
South Dakota 64

One of 9 majors within the area of study, fine and studio arts has other similar majors worth exploring.

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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