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Schools Offering Art Programs in Massachusetts

Each year, roughly 1.0% of Massachusetts students graduate with degrees in art. Thus, Massachusetts' 64 art schools put out approximately 2,178 artists each year.

Top Schools

Harvard University, which is located in Cambridge, is the top-ranked school in Massachusetts that has a art program. It received a ranking of 0th in the country in 2010. 33 students graduated with a degree in art from Harvard University in 2010. Harvard University charged in-state students $38,415 in tuition fees per year.

Tufts University, which was ranked 12th nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Massachusetts that has a art program. It is located in Medford. In 2010, 156 students graduated from Tufts University art program. Tuition at Tufts University was $41,598 per year.

Amherst College, which is located in Amherst, is the third-ranked school in Massachusetts that has a art program. It received a ranking of 13th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 13 students graduated from Amherst College art program. The tuition rate at Amherst College was $40,862 per year.


Art schools in Massachusetts, charge students an average tuition of $22,362 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $41,982 per year, or as little as $3,144 per year. The Massachusetts art schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Bard College at Simon's Rock - located in Great Barrington, students are charged $41,982 per year
  2. Tufts University - located in Medford, students are charged $41,598 per year
  3. Williams College - located in Williamstown, students are charged $41,434 per year

The art schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in Massachusetts were:

  1. Bunker Hill Community College - located in Charlestown, students are charged $3,144 per year
  2. Holyoke Community College - located in Holyoke, students are charged $3,276 per year
  3. Northern Essex Community College - located in Haverhill, students are charged $3,384 per year

An art degree from a Massachusetts school... what next?

Most people who graduate from art school in Massachusetts go on to work as an artist. If you decide to work as an artist in Massachusetts, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 410 Massachusetts artists as of 2010. In Massachusetts, the largest numbers of artists work in the following counties:

  1. Bristol County - 310 artists
  2. Middlesex County - 40 artists

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of artists in the state of Massachusetts will grow to 890. This would require a 3% growth in the profession.


An artist in Massachusetts makes an average of $45,960 per year. But, salaries for artists can vary. In 2010, artists made as little as less than $18,000 per year or as much as more than $79,490 per year in Massachusetts. An artist in the following Massachusetts counties makes the highest salaries on average:

  1. Bristol County - $42,770 per year
  2. Middlesex County - $41,180 per year

On average, artists earns the least in the following Massachusetts counties:

  1. Middlesex County - $41,180 per year
  2. Bristol County - $42,770 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in art in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts
  • Bachelor's Degree in Art in Massachusetts
  • Master's Degree in Art in Massachusetts
  • Doctoral Degree in Art in Massachusetts
  • Certificate in Art in Massachusetts

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Multimedia Artists and Animators 820 $59,670 -19.6%
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators 410 $45,960 13.9%
Artists and Related Workers, All Other 300 $64,890 130.8%
Craft Artists 80 $32,100 -42.9%

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