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Master’s Degrees in General Visual & Performing Arts

373 Yearly Graduations
$40,150 Median Salary
$41,000 Median Debt
There are 38 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a master's degree in visual arts. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 25% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 20.1% of visual arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Visual Arts Majors

In 2018-2019, 373 master's degrees were awarded to visual arts majors. This makes it the 165th most popular master'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 Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in visual arts is $40,150. 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.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $36,825 to a high of $43,475.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in visual arts is $41,000. 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, $41,000 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $41,000.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $478.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in visual arts. About 53.6% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 173
Women 200
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Visual Arts

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 29
Black or African American 19
Hispanic or Latino 37
White 180
International Students 75
Other Races/Ethnicities 33
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Visual Arts Master's Degree Students

There are 38 colleges that offer a master’s degree in visual arts. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
81 Yearly Graduations
27% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Central Florida tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for visual arts majors who are seeking their master's degree. Roughly 69,400 attend the school each year. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 81 master's degrees were handed out to visual arts majors at UCF. Of these students, 27% were women and 26% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
62 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is Harvard University. Each year, around 31,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

The visual arts program at Harvard University awarded 62 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

#3

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, California
53 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Academy of Art University is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in visual arts. Each year, around 9,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $23,112 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $25,992 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 53 master's degrees were handed out to visual arts majors at Academy of Art University. About 66% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

21 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is Columbus College of Art and Design. Each year, around 1,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $35,880 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $35,880 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 people received their master's degree in visual arts from CCAD. Of these students, 67% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
19 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern California is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in visual arts. Roughly 48,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,272 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 19 master's degrees were handed out to visual arts majors at USC. About 68% of this group were women, and 37% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Minneapolis, Minnesota
18 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Minneapolis College of Art and Design comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in visual arts. Each year, around 700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,946 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $39,946 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 people received their master's degree in visual arts from MCAD. About 83% of this group were women, and 28% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
16 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - San Diego comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in visual arts. Roughly 38,700 attend the school each year. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 master's degrees were handed out to visual arts majors at UCSD. Of these students, 50% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

13 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis. Each year, around 29,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,580 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,826 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 13 master's degrees were handed out to visual arts majors at IUPUI. Around 8% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 38% were women.

11 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Each year, around 3,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,814 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $42,904 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 people received their master's degree in visual arts from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

#10

California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
8 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is California State University - Los Angeles. Roughly 26,600 attend the school each year. 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.

The visual arts program at California State University - Los Angeles awarded 8 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 25% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

The University of Montana

Missoula, Montana
8 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Montana is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in visual arts. Roughly 10,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,352 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,716 per year.

The visual arts program at The University of Montana awarded 8 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 75% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
6 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Florida comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in visual arts. Each year, around 52,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 6 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 67% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, New York
6 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Brooklyn College comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in visual arts. Each year, around 17,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their master's degree in visual arts from Brooklyn College. About 33% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

5 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Tempe is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in visual arts. Each year, around 53,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,710 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,720 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 people received their master's degree in visual arts from ASU - Tempe. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 40% were women.

#15

University of California - Riverside

Riverside, California
4 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of California - Riverside. Roughly 25,500 attend the school each year. 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 - Riverside awarded 4 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 75% were women.

#15

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
4 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for visual arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is George Mason University. Roughly 37,800 attend the school each year. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 master's degrees were handed out to visual arts majors at GMU. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#15

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
4 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

Iowa State University is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in visual arts. Each year, around 33,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,042 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,758 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 people received their master's degree in visual arts from Iowa State.

#15

The City College of New York

New York, New York
4 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The City College of New York comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in visual arts. Roughly 15,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

The visual arts program at The City College of New York awarded 4 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 75% were women.

#15

Purchase College

Purchase, New York
4 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Purchase College comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in visual arts. Each year, around 4,100 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 people received their master's degree in visual arts from Purchase College. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 75% were women.

#15

Missouri State University - Springfield

Springfield, Missouri
4 Yearly Graduations
75% Women

Missouri State University - Springfield comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in visual arts. Roughly 23,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,540 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,202 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 people received their master's degree in visual arts from Missouri State.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Music 6,038
Fine & Studio Arts 3,527
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1,963
Design & Applied Arts 1,894
Drama & Theater Arts 1,783

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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