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How will your art education stack up?

If you want to study art at home, you should be aware of how your education will compare to the education available elsewhere in the US. Below is some information to help you get started. There are 1,927 traditional art schools in the US.

Top Schools

The following schools that have art programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. Harvard University - located in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  2. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  3. Stanford University - located in Stanford, California

Student Demographics

In 2010, degrees in art were earned by 67,977 students in the US. Of these students, 7,108 received certifications in art, 55,880 received an undergraduate degree in art, and 4,989 received a graduate-level degree in art.


Students can pursue education in art at the following levels:

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

Art students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their art degree:

  • Communication
  • Time Management
  • Art History
  • English
  • Performance and Presentation


In 2010, art schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $30,455 per year. The following art schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. Vassar College - located in Poughkeepsie, New York, students paid $41,930
  3. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655

The art schools that charged students the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, students paid $5,625
  2. University of Washington-Seattle Campus - located in Seattle, Washington State, students paid $7,692
  3. University of Georgia - located in Athens, Georgia, students paid $7,530

How will your art job compare?

Artist is the profession of choice for a large number of art graduates. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 10,320 artists working in the US. The largest populations of artists are in the following states:

  1. California - 3,280 Artists
  2. New York - 1,100 Artists
  3. Florida - 720 Artists

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of people working as an artist in the US will grow to 25,700. This would require a 5% growth in the profession. The projected growth for artists is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 18%
  2. Colorado - 17%
  3. Georgia - 16%


An artist in the US earns $48,982 per year on average. However, factors such as seniority, professional associations and certifications, or your exact job description can cause the salary for an artist to vary greatly. An artist in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,640 per year to more than $118,890 per year. Artists in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. New Mexico - $71,320 per year
  2. California - $66,270 per year
  3. Indiana - $65,520 per year

The states with the lowest average salary for artists are:

  1. South Carolina - $27,210 per year
  2. Kentucky - $33,300 per year
  3. Georgia - $34,780 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Multimedia Artists and Animators 26,560 $63,440 11.6%
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators 10,320 $53,080 -0.7%
Artists and Related Workers, All Other 7,560 $61,760 42.9%
Craft Artists 4,790 $32,010 11.4%