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

12 Colleges
$22,725 Avg Salary
$18,933 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. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Southwest Region ranking. This report analyzed 12 schools in the Southwest Region to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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

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

Top 10 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools

#1

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Our analysis found Texas Tech University to be the best school for general visual and performing arts students who want to pursue a degree in the Southwest Region . Texas Tech is a very large public school located in the large city of Lubbock.

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#2

Rice University

Houston, TX

The excellent programs at Rice University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best general visual and performing arts schools in the Southwest Region . Rice is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Houston.

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Out of the 12 schools in the Southwest Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Arizona State University - West landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the large city of Glendale, ASU - West is a public school with a small student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend The University of Texas at Austin. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Southwest Region list. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Austin.

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The excellent programs at Arizona State University - Tempe helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best general visual and performing arts schools in the Southwest Region . ASU - Tempe is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tempe.

On average, visual arts graduates from ASU - Tempe take out $19,250 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $200.

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#6

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

Grand Canyon University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general visual and performing arts programs. Located in the city of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, visual arts graduates from Grand Canyon University carry an average student debtload of $22,547. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $234, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Austin Community College District ranked #7 on this year’s Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Southwest Region list. Located in the large city of Austin, Austin Community College District is a public school with a very large student population.

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#8

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona ranked #8 on this year’s Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Southwest Region list. Located in the large city of Tucson, Arizona is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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The University of Texas at Dallas did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general visual and performing arts students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Richardson, UT Dallas is a public college with a very large student population.

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University of New Mexico - Main Campus landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general visual and performing arts programs. UNM is a fairly large public school located in the city of Albuquerque.

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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 Southwest region.

State Degrees Awarded
Texas 332
Arizona 140
Oklahoma 44
New Mexico 95

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 12 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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