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Associate’s Degrees in General Visual & Performing Arts

1,563 Yearly Graduations
$15,750 Median Salary
$11,292 Median Debt
There are 161 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer an associate's degree in visual arts. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 56% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 2.9% of visual arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Visual Arts Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,563 students earned their associate's degree in visual arts. This makes it the 68th most popular associate's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in visual arts at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 3,315
Associate’s Degree 1,563
Master’s Degree 373
Basic Certificate 343
Undergraduate Certificate 111
Doctor’s Degree 14
Graduate Certificate 1

Earnings of Visual Arts Majors With Associate’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in visual arts is $15,750. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $15,200 to a high of $16,525.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in visual arts is $11,292. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $15,937 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $7,750.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $117.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate's degree in visual arts. About 61.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 599
Women 964
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in Visual Arts

The racial-ethnic distribution of visual arts associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 129
Black or African American 137
Hispanic or Latino 544
White 594
International Students 46
Other Races/Ethnicities 113
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Visual Arts Associate's Degree Students

There are 161 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in visual arts. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Victor Valley College

Victorville, California
90 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for visual arts students seekingan associate's degree is Victor Valley College. Each year, around 13,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 90 people received their associate's degree in visual arts from Victor Valley College. About 60% of this group were women, and 63% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Golden West College

Huntington Beach, California
70 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Golden West College. Roughly 12,000 attend the school each year. The visual arts program at Golden West College awarded 70 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 61% were women and 67% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

65 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Austin Community College District comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in visual arts. Roughly 41,000 attend the school each year. The visual arts program at Austin Community College District awarded 65 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 49% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 43% were women.

#4

Citrus College

Glendora, California
64 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
77% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Citrus College. Each year, around 13,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 64 associate's degrees were handed out to visual arts majors at Citrus College. About 59% of this group were women, and 77% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Full Sail University

Winter Park, Florida
63 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Full Sail University. Roughly 21,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $20,667 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,498 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 63 people received their associate's degree in visual arts from Full Sail University. About 44% of this group were women, and 49% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Queensborough Community College

Bayside, New York
61 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
84% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Queensborough Community College. Each year, around 14,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 61 associate's degrees were handed out to visual arts majors at QCC. Of these students, 46% were women and 84% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

57 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Young Americans College of the Performing Arts is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in visual arts. Roughly 100 attend the school each year. The visual arts program at Young Americans College of the Performing Arts awarded 57 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 75% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

San Jacinto Community College

Pasadena, Texas
56 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
66% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is San Jacinto Community College. Roughly 32,400 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 56 people received their associate's degree in visual arts from San Jacinto College. Around 66% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 66% were women.

55 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Borough of Manhattan Community College comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in visual arts. Roughly 25,500 attend the school each year. The visual arts program at Borough of Manhattan Community College awarded 55 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 75% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

#10

Bronx Community College

Bronx, New York
45 Yearly Graduations
42% Women

The 10th most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Bronx Community College. Roughly 10,000 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 45 people received their associate's degree in visual arts from BCC. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 42% were women.

#11

Suffolk County Community College

Selden, New York
42 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Suffolk County Community College. Roughly 25,200 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 42 people received their associate's degree in visual arts from Suffolk County Community College. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 71% were women.

#11

Northern Virginia Community College

Annandale, Virginia
42 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northern Virginia Community College comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in visual arts. Roughly 51,800 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 42 people received their associate's degree in visual arts from Northern Virginia Community College. Of these students, 76% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Pima Community College

Tucson, Arizona
41 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pima Community College comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in visual arts. Roughly 19,500 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 41 associate's degrees were handed out to visual arts majors at Pima County Community College District. Around 54% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

#14

SUNY Westchester Community College

Valhalla, New York
40 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
72% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

SUNY Westchester Community College comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in visual arts. Each year, around 11,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 40 associate's degrees were handed out to visual arts majors at SUNY Westchester Community College. About 45% of this group were women, and 72% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

37 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Community College of Baltimore County is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in visual arts. Roughly 17,700 attend the school each year. The visual arts program at Community College of Baltimore County awarded 37 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 57% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#16

Dutchess Community College

Poughkeepsie, New York
35 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Dutchess Community College is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in visual arts. Each year, around 8,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 35 associate's degrees were handed out to visual arts majors at DCC. Of these students, 66% were women and 34% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Pasadena City College

Pasadena, California
30 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
83% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Pasadena City College. Each year, around 26,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The visual arts program at Pasadena City College awarded 30 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 83% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

#18

Montgomery College

Rockville, Maryland
23 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
78% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Montgomery College comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in visual arts. Roughly 21,200 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 people received their associate's degree in visual arts from Montgomery College. Around 78% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 39% were women.

#19

Volunteer State Community College

Gallatin, Tennessee
22 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Volunteer State Community College. Roughly 9,100 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 22 associate's degrees were handed out to visual arts majors at VSCC. Of these students, 50% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Harrisburg Area Community College

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
20 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Harrisburg Area Community College comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in visual arts. Each year, around 17,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 20 associate's degrees were handed out to visual arts majors at HACC. Of these students, 80% were women and 45% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to visual arts that offer associate’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Design & Applied Arts 8,485
Fine & Studio Arts 4,063
Music 2,436
Drama & Theater Arts 1,667
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1,552

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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