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2021 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Plains States Region

10 Colleges
$24,960 Avg Salary
$34,059 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Visual & Performing Arts School for You

General Visual & Performing Arts is the #142 most popular major in the country with 5,720 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. 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 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 Plains States Region ranking. This report analyzed 10 schools in the Plains States Region to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Plains States Region

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

Top 10 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools

Our analysis found University of Missouri - Columbia to be the best school for general visual and performing arts students who want to pursue a degree in the Plains States Region . Located in the city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public school with a very large student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Iowa State University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Plains States Region list. Located in the city of Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Minnesota State University - Moorhead. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Plains States Region list. Minnesota State University - Moorhead is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Moorhead.

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Out of the 10 schools in the Plains States Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Minneapolis College of Art and Design landed the # 4 spot on the list. MCAD is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

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#5

Century College

White Bear Lake, MN

The excellent programs at Century College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best general visual and performing arts schools in the Plains States Region . Located in the large suburb of White Bear Lake, Century College is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

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Dakota County Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general visual and performing arts students. It came in at #6 on the list. DCTC is a small public school located in the rural area of Rosemount.

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Missouri State University - Springfield came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in the midsize city of Springfield, Missouri State is a public college with a very large student population.

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Southeast Missouri State University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in the city of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri State University is a public school with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that visual arts majors at Southeast Missouri State University take out is $23,799. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $247.

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Wichita State University 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. WSU is a large public school located in the large city of Wichita.

Visual Arts majors at WSU take out an average of $21,955 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $228, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Saint Louis Community College

Saint Louis, MO

Saint Louis Community College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Plains States Region ranking. Saint Louis Community College is a large public school located in the large suburb of Saint Louis.

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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 Plains States region.

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 97
Minnesota 57
Kansas 56
Iowa 19
North Dakota 0
South Dakota 2

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 10 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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