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Bachelor’s Degrees in General Visual & Performing Arts

3,315 Yearly Graduations
$26,400 Median Salary
$26,115 Median Debt
There are 241 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a bachelor's degree in visual arts. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 40% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 5.5% of visual arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Visual Arts Majors

In 2018-2019, 3,315 bachelor's degrees were awarded to visual arts majors. This makes it the 99th most popular bachelor'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 Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in visual arts is $26,400. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $20,900 and the high is $28,400.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in visual arts is $26,115. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $27,874 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $21,946.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $271.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in visual arts. About 56.9% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,429
Women 1,886
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Visual Arts

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 237
Black or African American 345
Hispanic or Latino 579
White 1,660
International Students 182
Other Races/Ethnicities 312
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Visual Arts Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 241 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in visual arts. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Full Sail University

Winter Park, Florida
253 Yearly Graduations
37% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Full Sail University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for visual arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. Each year, around 21,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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, 253 people received their bachelor's degree in visual arts from Full Sail University. About 37% of this group were women, and 49% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
197 Yearly Graduations
29% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Central Florida is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in visual arts. Each year, around 69,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,478 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,916 per year.

The visual arts program at University of Central Florida awarded 197 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 29% of this group were women, and 53% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
117 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - San Diego comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in visual arts. Each year, around 38,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

The visual arts program at University of California - San Diego awarded 117 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 48% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 56% were women.

77 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is California State University - San Marcos. Each year, around 16,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 77 bachelor's degrees were handed out to visual arts majors at CSUSM. Of these students, 47% were women and 47% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
76 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Mason University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in visual arts. Each year, around 37,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,144 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 76 people received their bachelor's degree in visual arts from GMU. Around 47% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 66% were women.

#6

Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, California
69 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Otis College of Art and Design comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in visual arts. Each year, around 1,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $45,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $45,200 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 69 people received their bachelor's degree in visual arts from Otis College of Art and Design. About 57% of this group were women, and 57% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

68 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is The University of Texas at Austin. Roughly 51,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,998 per year.

The visual arts program at The University of Texas at Austin awarded 68 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 53% of this group were women, and 56% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California
61 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Azusa Pacific University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in visual arts. Each year, around 9,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,592 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 61 people received their bachelor's degree in visual arts from Azusa Pacific. Around 39% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#9

University of New Mexico - Main Campus

Albuquerque, New Mexico
54 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of New Mexico - Main Campus comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in visual arts. Each year, around 22,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,299 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,156 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 54 people received their bachelor's degree in visual arts from UNM. About 46% of this group were women, and 65% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri
52 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Missouri - Columbia comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in visual arts. Each year, around 30,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,120 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,264 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 52 bachelor's degrees were handed out to visual arts majors at Mizzou. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 44% were women.

#10

Fordham University

Bronx, New York
52 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Fordham University. Roughly 16,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,980 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $34,608 per year.

The visual arts program at Fordham University awarded 52 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 37% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 79% were women.

#12

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
51 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Florida is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in visual arts. Roughly 52,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,477 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,770 per year.

The visual arts program at University of Florida awarded 51 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 57% of this group were women, and 49% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

University of North Carolina at Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina
51 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of North Carolina at Asheville. Roughly 3,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,122 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,914 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 51 people received their bachelor's degree in visual arts from UNCA. Of these students, 53% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
48 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Harvard University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in visual arts. Roughly 31,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,730 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,008 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 48 bachelor's degrees were handed out to visual arts majors at Harvard. Of these students, 58% were women and 35% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

SUNY New Paltz

New Paltz, New York
48 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

SUNY New Paltz is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in visual arts. Each year, around 7,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 48 bachelor's degrees were handed out to visual arts majors at SUNY New Paltz. Of these students, 83% were women and 31% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas
47 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is The University of Texas at Dallas. Roughly 29,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,874 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 47 bachelor's degrees were handed out to visual arts majors at UT Dallas. About 81% of this group were women, and 51% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, Mississippi
46 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Mississippi State University comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in visual arts. Roughly 22,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,800 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 46 people received their bachelor's degree in visual arts from Mississippi State. Of these students, 76% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, New York
44 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

SUNY Oneonta is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in visual arts. Roughly 6,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 44 bachelor's degrees were handed out to visual arts majors at SUNY Oneonta. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 70% were women.

#19

Bloomfield College

Bloomfield, New Jersey
43 Yearly Graduations
30% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Bloomfield College. Each year, around 1,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,310 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,840 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 43 people received their bachelor's degree in visual arts from Bloomfield College. Of these students, 30% were women and 67% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
43 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Grand Canyon University. Roughly 96,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,419 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,175 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 43 people received their bachelor's degree in visual arts from Grand Canyon University. Around 37% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 58% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Fine & Studio Arts 25,815
Design & Applied Arts 19,137
Music 15,747
Drama & Theater Arts 12,791
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 11,308

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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