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2021 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Southeast Region

22 Colleges
$27,346 Avg Salary
$29,676 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.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Southeast Region to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 22 schools in the Southeast Region to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Southeast Region

Check out the visual arts programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 10 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools

#1

Duke University

Durham, NC

Our analysis found Duke University to be the best school for general visual and performing arts students who want to pursue a degree in the Southeast Region . Duke is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham.

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#2

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

The excellent programs at University of Florida helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best general visual and performing arts schools in the Southeast Region . U of F is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville.

While working on their degree, visual arts majors at U of F accumulate an average of around $15,361 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $159, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Valencia College

Orlando, FL

The excellent programs at Valencia College helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best general visual and performing arts schools in the Southeast Region . Located in the large city of Orlando, Valencia College is a public college with a very large student population.

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#4

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

The excellent programs at George Mason University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best general visual and performing arts schools in the Southeast Region . Located in the large suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public school with a very large student population.

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#5

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Mississippi State University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Southeast Region list. Located in the remote town of Mississippi State, Mississippi State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, visual arts majors at Mississippi State accumulate an average of around $28,749 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $298.

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#6

Longwood University

Farmville, VA

With a ranking of #6, Longwood University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general visual and performing arts students. Located in the remote town of Farmville, Longwood is a public school with a small student population.

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#7

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

University of Kentucky did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general visual and performing arts students. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the city of Lexington, UK is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#8

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA

Christopher Newport University landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general visual and performing arts programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Newport News, CNU is a public school with a small student population.

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Kennesaw State University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general visual and performing arts programs. KSU Georgia is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Kennesaw.

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#10

Full Sail University

Winter Park, FL

Full Sail University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general visual and performing arts programs. Located in the large suburb of Winter Park, Full Sail University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that visual arts majors at Full Sail University take out is $19,500. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $202.

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Best General Visual & Performing Arts Colleges by State

Explore the best general visual and performing arts schools for a specific state in the Southeast region.

State Degrees Awarded
Georgia 69
Florida 848
Virginia 260
North Carolina 81
Tennessee 56
South Carolina 6
Kentucky 23
Louisiana 32
Alabama 2
Arkansas 11
Mississippi 160
West Virginia 20

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 22 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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