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Schools Offering Art Programs in Illinois

Around 0.8% of Illinois's graduates graduate from art degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 2,984 artists graduate from Illinois' 90 art schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Illinois that has a art program is Northwestern University. Northwestern University, which was ranked 7th in the country in 2010, is located in Evanston. 32 students graduated with a degree in art from Northwestern University in 2010. Students at Northwestern University paid $40,223 per year in tuition fees.

The second-ranked school in Illinois with a art program is Wheaton College, which is located in Wheaton. In 2010, it was ranked 21st nationwide. In 2010, Wheaton College graduated 11 students from its art program. Tuition at Wheaton College was $27,580 per year.

The third-ranked school in Illinois with a art program is Loyola University Chicago, which is located in Chicago. In 2010, it was ranked 28th nationwide. 18 students graduated with degree in art from Loyola University Chicago in 2010. The tuition rate at Loyola University Chicago was $32,114 per year.


If you choose to attend a Illinois art school, average tuition will be $14,867 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $2,194 per year to $42,041 per year. In 2010, the art schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Illinois were:

  1. University of Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $42,041 per year
  2. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, students are charged $40,223 per year
  3. School of the Art Institute of Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $36,150 per year

The following Illinois art schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Elgin Community College - located in Elgin, students are charged $2,194 per year
  2. Prairie State College - located in Chicago Heights, students are charged $2,348 per year
  3. Waubonsee Community College - located in Sugar Grove, students are charged $2,352 per year

An art degree from an Illinois school... what next?

Most people who graduate from art school in Illinois go on to work as an artist. If you decide to work as an artist in Illinois, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 350 Illinois artists as of 2010. In Illinois, the largest numbers of artists work in the following counties:

  1. Cook County - 290 artists

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of artists in Illinois will grow by 9%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 700 artists working in Illinois.


An artist in Illinois earns $47,600 per year on average. However, Illinois artists earned anywhere in the range from as less than $18,970 per year to more than $81,930 per year in 2010. The following counties in Illinois have the highest average salaries for artists:

  1. Cook County - $48,510 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in art in Illinois and to compare salaries with various related fields such as animation or art, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Art in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Art in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Art in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in Art in Illinois
  • Certificate in Art in Illinois

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Curious what studying Art gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in Illinois

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Craft Artists n/a $36,910
Multimedia Artists and Animators 970 $59,310 26.0%
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators 350 $47,600 -18.6%
Artists and Related Workers, All Other 310 $47,330 40.9%

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Below are art related jobs in Illinois