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2021 Best Visual & Performing Arts Associate's Degree Schools

67 Colleges
$21,559 Avg Salary
$18,170 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Visual & Performing Arts Associate's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 153,295 visual and performing arts students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #10 most popular in the country.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. 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.

The Best Visual & Performing Arts Associate's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 67 schools in the United States to see which associate's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best Visual & Performing Arts Associate’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for visual and performing arts majors pursuing a associate's degree.

Top 10 Best Visual & Performing Arts Associate's Degree Schools

Our analysis found KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts to be the best school for visual and performing arts students who want to pursue a associate’s degree in the United States. KD Conservatory is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the city of Dallas.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Sessions College for Professional Design. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Visual & Performing Arts Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Tempe, Sessions College is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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#3

New York Film Academy

Burbank, CA

Out of the 67 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, New York Film Academy landed the # 3 spot on the list. New York Film Academy is a small private for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Burbank.

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#4

Valencia College

Orlando, FL

The excellent associate’s degree programs at Valencia College helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best visual and performing arts schools in the United States. Located in the large city of Orlando, Valencia College is a public college with a very large student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Alexandria Technical & Community College. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Visual & Performing Arts Associate’s Degree Schools list. ATCC is a small public school located in the town of Alexandria.

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#6

The New School

New York, NY

The New School did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for visual and performing arts students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #6 on the list. New School University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

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With a ranking of #7, CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for visual and performing arts students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the large city of New York, BMCC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Fashion Institute of Technology came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Visual & Performing Arts Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of New York, FIT SUNY is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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New England Institute of Technology landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree visual and performing arts programs. Located in the suburb of East Greenwich, New England Tech is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Waukesha County Technical College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Visual & Performing Arts Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Pewaukee, WCTC is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Visual & Performing Arts Associate's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
11 Century College White Bear Lake, MN
12 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
13 Arapahoe Community College Littleton, CO

Visual & Performing Arts by Region

View the Best Visual & Performing Arts Associate's Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Visual & Performing Arts Majors to Study

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
General Visual & Performing Arts 5,720
Arts & Media Management 4,766
Dance 3,234
Other Visual Art 1,071
Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry 124

Related Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 547,539
English Language & Literature 59,299
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 34,386
Theology & Religious Vocations 32,172
Philosophy & Religious Studies 16,252

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 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 Bonnielou2013.

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