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2021 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in Virginia

5 Colleges
$26,467 Avg Salary
$25,321 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Visual & Performing Arts School for You

With 260 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, general visual and performing arts is the #94 most popular major in Virginia.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. 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 Virginia ranking. Our analysis looked at 5 schools in Virginia to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in Virginia

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

Top Virginia Schools in Visual Arts

#1

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Our 2021 rankings named George Mason University the best school in Virginia for general visual and performing arts students. GMU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax.

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#2

Longwood University

Farmville, VA

Out of the 5 schools in Virginia that were part of this year’s ranking, Longwood University landed the # 2 spot on the list. Longwood is a small public school located in the remote town of Farmville.

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#3

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Christopher Newport University is a great place for general visual and performing arts students. CNU is a small public school located in the city of Newport News.

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#4

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Mary Washington. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in Virginia list. UMW is a small public school located in the suburb of Fredericksburg.

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Out of the 5 schools in Virginia that were part of this year’s ranking, Tidewater Community College landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the midsize city of Norfolk, Tidewater Community College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Best General Visual & Performing Arts Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

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

One of 9 majors within the area of study, general visual and performing arts has other similar majors worth exploring.

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 5 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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