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2021 Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools

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Finding the Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor'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.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 1,467 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular bachelor's degree programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Visual & Performing Arts program at each school on the list.

The colleges and universities below are the most popular for visual and performing arts majors pursuing a bachelor's degree.

#1

Full Sail University

Winter Park, FL

Our analysis found Full Sail University to be the most popular school for visual and performing arts students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Located in the suburb of Winter Park, Full Sail University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

Of the 1,753 students majoring in visual and performing arts at Full Sail University, 67% are male and 33% are female.

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Out of the 1,467 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Savannah College of Art and Design landed the # 2 spot on the list. SCAD is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Savannah.

Of the 1,218 students majoring in visual and performing arts at SCAD, 32% are male and 68% are female.

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#3

New York University

New York, NY

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means New York University is a great place for visual and performing arts students working on their bachelor’s degree. NYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

Of the 1,120 students majoring in visual and performing arts at NYU, 39% are male and 61% are female.

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The in-demand bachelor’s degree programs at Columbia College Chicago helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular visual and performing arts schools in the United States. Columbia is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

Of the 1,045 students majoring in visual and performing arts at Columbia, 43% are male and 57% are female.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Berklee College of Music is a great place for visual and performing arts students working on their bachelor’s degree. Berklee College of Music is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

About 45% of the students majoring in visual and performing arts at the school are women while 55% are male.

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California State University - Long Beach did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for visual and performing arts students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #6 on the list. CSULB is a very large public school located in the city of Long Beach.

Women make up 62% of the visual and performing arts majors at the school.

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#7

The New School

New York, NY

The New School did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for visual and performing arts students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. New School University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

About 72% of the students majoring in visual and performing arts at the school are women while 28% are male.

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University of Central Florida ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Orlando, UCF is a public school with a very large student population.

Women make up 51% of the visual and performing arts majors at the school.

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University of Southern California ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

Of the 643 students majoring in visual and performing arts at USC, 41% are male and 59% are female.

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#10

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

Belmont University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Belmont is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nashville.

Of the 633 students majoring in visual and performing arts at Belmont, 36% are male and 64% are female.

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University of North Texas landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree visual and performing arts programs. Located in the city of Denton, UNT is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 64% of the visual and performing arts majors at the school.

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Arizona State University - Tempe ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. ASU - Tempe is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Tempe.

About 65% of the students majoring in visual and performing arts at the school are women while 35% are male.

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Fashion Institute of Technology ranked #13 on this year’s Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of New York, FIT SUNY is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Women make up 86% of the visual and performing arts majors at the school.

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With a ranking of #14, Virginia Commonwealth University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for visual and performing arts students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Richmond, VCU is a public school with a very large student population.

Of the 604 students majoring in visual and performing arts at VCU, 26% are male and 74% are female.

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago ranked #15 on this year’s Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. School of the Art Institute of Chicago is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

About 74% of the students majoring in visual and performing arts at the school are women while 26% are male.

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#16

Emerson College

Boston, MA

Emerson College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for visual and performing arts students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #16 on the list. Located in the city of Boston, Emerson is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Women make up 50% of the visual and performing arts majors at the school.

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#17

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco State University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of San Francisco, SFSU is a public college with a very large student population.

Women make up 55% of the visual and performing arts majors at the school.

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California State University - Fullerton ranked #18 on this year’s Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Cal State Fullerton is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Fullerton.

About 66% of the students majoring in visual and performing arts at the school are women while 34% are male.

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#19

Pratt Institute - Main

Brooklyn, NY

Pratt Institute - Main came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Brooklyn, Pratt Institute is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

Women make up 76% of the visual and performing arts majors at the school.

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#20

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

With a ranking of #20, San Jose State University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for visual and performing arts students working on their bachelor’s degree. San Jose State is a fairly large public school located in the large city of San Jose.

About 58% of the students majoring in visual and performing arts at the school are women while 42% are male.

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#21

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Temple University landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree visual and performing arts programs. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Temple is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 474 students majoring in visual and performing arts at Temple, 42% are male and 58% are female.

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#22

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

With a ranking of #22, Texas State University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for visual and performing arts students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the small city of San Marcos, Texas State is a public college with a very large student population.

About 67% of the students majoring in visual and performing arts at the school are women while 33% are male.

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California State University - Northridge landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree visual and performing arts programs. Located in the large city of Northridge, CSUN is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 50% of the visual and performing arts majors at the school.

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#24

Purchase College

Purchase, NY

Purchase College ranked #24 on this year’s Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Purchase, Purchase College is a public college with a small student population.

Of the 443 students majoring in visual and performing arts at Purchase College, 44% are male and 56% are female.

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#25

Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ

Montclair State University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Montclair State is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Montclair.

Women make up 65% of the visual and performing arts majors at the school.

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#26

School of Visual Arts

New York, NY
#31

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA
#33

Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA
#34

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA
#35

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
#36

Chapman University

Orange, CA
#38

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR
#41

DePaul University

Chicago, IL
#41

The University of the Arts

Philadelphia, PA
#43

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT
#48

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 1467 different United States visual and performing arts schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Los Angeles Film School Hollywood, CA
52 Massachusetts College of Art and Design Boston, MA
53 Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI
54 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
54 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
56 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
57 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
58 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
58 Portland State University Portland, OR
60 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
61 Art Center College of Design Pasadena, CA
62 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
63 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
64 Iowa State University Ames, IA
64 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
66 Pace University - New York New York, NY
66 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
68 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
69 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
70 The City College of New York New York, NY
70 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
72 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
73 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
73 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
75 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
76 Towson University Towson, MD
77 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
78 University of Houston Houston, TX
79 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
80 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
80 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
80 Marymount Manhattan College New York, NY
83 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA
83 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
85 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
86 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
87 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
88 Fordham University Bronx, NY
89 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
90 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
91 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
92 Queens College Queens, NY
93 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
94 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
95 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
95 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
97 Illinois State University Normal, IL
98 Hunter College New York, NY
98 American Musical and Dramatic Academy New York, NY
100 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
100 California College of the Arts San Francisco, CA
102 California Institute of the Arts Valencia, CA
102 Otis College of Art and Design Los Angeles, CA
104 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
105 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
106 College for Creative Studies Detroit, MI
107 Florida International University Miami, FL
108 New York Film Academy Burbank, CA
108 University of Georgia Athens, GA
110 Auburn University Auburn, AL
111 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
112 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
113 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
113 SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY
115 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
115 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
117 Ball State University Muncie, IN
117 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
117 University of North Carolina School of the Arts Winston-Salem, NC
120 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
121 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
122 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
122 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT
122 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX
122 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
126 College of Charleston Charleston, SC
127 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
128 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
129 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
130 Ringling College of Art and Design Sarasota, FL
131 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
132 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
133 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
133 Point Park University Pittsburgh, PA
135 Boston University Boston, MA
136 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
137 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
138 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
139 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
139 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
141 Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX
142 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
142 Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
144 Columbus College of Art and Design Columbus, OH
144 New York City College of Technology Brooklyn, NY
144 University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO
147 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
148 Webster University Saint Louis, MO
148 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
148 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
151 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
152 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
153 Kean University Union, NJ
154 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
155 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
155 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
155 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
158 AI Miami International University of Art and Design Miami, FL
159 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY
160 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
160 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ
162 SUNY Fredonia Fredonia, NY
163 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
163 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
163 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
163 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
167 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
168 Cornish College of the Arts Seattle, WA
169 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
169 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
169 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
172 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, PA
173 Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans, LA
174 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
174 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
176 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI
176 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
178 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
179 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
180 Biola University La Mirada, CA
180 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
180 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
180 Kansas City Art Institute Kansas City, MO
184 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
184 Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City, OK
184 Oakland University Rochester Hills, MI
184 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
188 Radford University Radford, VA
188 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
190 The Art Institute of Atlanta Atlanta, GA
190 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
190 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
190 California State University - San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA
194 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
195 Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY
195 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
195 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
198 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
199 Baylor University Waco, TX
199 The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX
199 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
202 Northeastern University Boston, MA
202 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
204 Utah State University Logan, UT
204 Bard College Annandale-On-Hudson, NY
204 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
207 Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, IL
208 University of North Carolina at Asheville Asheville, NC
208 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
208 Champlain College Burlington, VT
208 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY
208 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
208 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
214 Southern Oregon University Ashland, OR
214 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
214 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
217 Clemson University Clemson, SC
218 Wright State University - Main Campus Dayton, OH
218 Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Milwaukee, WI
220 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
220 Lesley University Cambridge, MA
220 SUNY Potsdam Potsdam, NY
220 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional popular schools for Visual & Performing Arts students that almost earned our Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
224 Humboldt State University Arcata, CA
224 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
226 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA
226 The University of Montana Missoula, MT
226 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
226 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
226 Montana State University Bozeman, MT
231 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
232 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
232 Baldwin Wallace University Berea, OH
232 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
232 Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus Indiana, PA
232 American University Washington, DC
237 Tufts University Medford, MA
237 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
239 The Juilliard School New York, NY
239 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
239 Bennington College Bennington, VT
242 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
242 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
244 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
244 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
246 Minneapolis College of Art and Design Minneapolis, MN
246 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
246 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
246 SUNY Oswego Oswego, NY
250 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
250 University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR
250 Boise State University Boise, ID
253 Harvard University Cambridge, MA
253 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
253 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
256 Lawrence University Appleton, WI
257 LIU Post Brookville, NY
257 Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design Lakewood, CO
259 Coastal Carolina University Conway, SC
259 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
261 Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA
261 University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras San Juan, PR
261 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
261 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
265 Cleveland Institute of Art Cleveland, OH
265 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
265 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
268 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Edinboro, PA
269 University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK
269 University of Delaware Newark, DE
271 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
272 University of Missouri - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
273 The Art Institute of Houston Houston, TX
273 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
275 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
275 University of New Haven West Haven, CT
275 New Mexico State University - Main Campus Las Cruces, NM
275 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
275 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
280 Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN
280 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
280 Hampshire College Amherst, MA
280 Brown University Providence, RI
284 Western Connecticut State University Danbury, CT
284 The New England Conservatory of Music Boston, MA
284 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
284 Northern Michigan University Marquette, MI
288 Keene State College Keene, NH
288 Salem State University Salem, MA
288 University of Akron Main Campus Akron, OH
288 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
288 Winthrop University Rock Hill, SC
288 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI

Visual & Performing Arts by Region

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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.

  • 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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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