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2021 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Far Western US Region

17 Colleges
$22,671 Avg Salary
$26,208 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Visual & Performing Arts School for You

Out of all the majors we analyze each year, general visual and performing arts was ranked #142 in the country. In fact 5,720 degrees and certificates were handed out in 2018-2019.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Far Western US Region ranking. Our analysis looked at 17 schools in the Far Western US Region to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Far Western US Region

The following schools top our list of the Best General Visual & Performing Arts Colleges.

Top 10 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools

Our 2021 rankings named University of Southern California the best school in the Far Western US Region for general visual and performing arts students. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, visual arts majors at USC accumulate an average of around $21,937 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $228, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend San Jose State University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Far Western US Region list. San Jose State is a fairly large public school located in the city of San Jose.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Otis College of Art and Design is a great place for general visual and performing arts students. Otis Art Institute is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

The average amount in student loans that visual arts majors at Otis Art Institute take out is $27,000. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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#4

Seattle University

Seattle, WA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Seattle University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Far Western US Region list. Located in the large city of Seattle, Seattle U is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of California - Riverside. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Far Western US Region list. UCR is a very large public school located in the city of Riverside.

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California State University - Channel Islands came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Far Western US Region ranking. CSUCI is a moderately-sized public school located in the midsize suburb of Camarillo.

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#7

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

With a ranking of #7, Oregon State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general visual and performing arts students. Oregon State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Corvallis.

Visual Arts majors at Oregon State take out an average of $25,000 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #8, Point Loma Nazarene University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general visual and performing arts students. PLNU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of San Diego.

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Azusa Pacific University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general visual and performing arts programs. Azusa Pacific is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Azusa.

Visual Arts majors at Azusa Pacific take out an average of $22,125 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 $230.

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#10

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA

Academy of Art University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general visual and performing arts programs. Located in the city of San Francisco, Academy of Art University is a private for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that visual arts majors at Academy of Art University take out is $31,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $322, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best General Visual & Performing Arts Colleges by State

Explore the best general visual and performing arts colleges for a specific state in the Far Western US region.

State Degrees Awarded
California 1,285
Washington 5
Oregon 64
Nevada 5

General Visual & Performing Arts is one of 9 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 40,751
Design & Applied Arts 36,179
Music 26,968
Drama & Theater Arts 17,726
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 16,756

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 17 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 Sven Mandel / CC-BY-SA-4.0.

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