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2021 Best Value Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts

321 Colleges
25,815 Bachelor's Degrees
$22,362 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Fine & Studio Arts School for You

Best Value Colleges for Fine & Studio ArtsIn 2018-2019, 25,815 people earned their bachelor's in fine and studio arts, making the major the #23 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts ranking looked at 321 colleges that offer a bachelor's in Fine Arts. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. Instead, we are looking at those Fine Arts schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The Fine Arts school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Value Fine Arts Schools.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

2021 Best Value Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Fine & Studio Arts Colleges for the Money.

Top 25 Best Value Fine Arts Schools

#1

Mills College

Oakland, CA

Mills College comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Oakland, Mills is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. In addition to its great value ranking, Mills is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts list.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Mills to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $15,260. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Mills is $64,702. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

After completing their bachelor's degree, Fine Arts graduates from Mills carry an average student debtload of $20,350. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $239.

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University of Nebraska at Kearney landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value fine and studio arts schools. Located in the distant town of Kearney, UNK is a public school with a medium-sized student population. In addition to its great value ranking, UNK is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts list.

At UNK, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,217. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UNK is $91,987. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at UNK take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,754. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $221, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Brigham Young University - Provo. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Provo.

At BYU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $12,239. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from BYU is $64,132. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at BYU take out while working on their bachelor's is $12,983. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $86.

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#4

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public school with a very large student population. Florida State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Florida State to complete their degree, and it costs about $27,233 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Florida State is $115,196. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from Florida State take out $20,880 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $213, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wyoming. Located in the remote town of Laramie, U of Wyoming is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of Wyoming is 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,323. This means that the average student pays around $94,299 to get a bachelor’s degree from U of Wyoming. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at U of Wyoming take out while working on their bachelor's is $19,911. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $247, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

Truman State University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Truman State is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Kirksville.

It takes the average student at Truman State about 4.2 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $18,927. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Truman State is about $80,250. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

While working on their bachelor's, Fine Arts majors at Truman State accumulate an average of around $21,558 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $245.

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#7

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Our rankings recognize Eastern Illinois University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. EIU is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Charleston.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at EIU is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $16,976. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from EIU be around $75,034. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

After completing their bachelor's degree, Fine Arts graduates from EIU carry an average student debtload of $25,070. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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Concordia College at Moorhead earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Concordia College Moorhead is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Moorhead. Concordia College Moorhead excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts list.

It takes the average student at Concordia College Moorhead about 4.1 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,026. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College Moorhead is about $122,206. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from Concordia College Moorhead take out $22,883 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $259.

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#9

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Our rankings recognize University of Florida as the #9 school in this year's rankings. U of F is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville. On top of its placing in our value rankings, U of F also did well on our Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of F is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,230. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from U of F is $120,542. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, Fine Arts majors at U of F accumulate an average of around $17,232 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $187.

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#10

University of Houston

Houston, TX

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Houston. U of H is a very large public school located in the city of Houston. On top of its placing in our value rankings, U of H also did well on our Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The average student at U of H graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $25,217. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of H be around $116,503. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, Fine Arts graduates from U of H carry an average student debtload of $23,671. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $240.

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The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Illinois State University. Located in the midsize suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Illinois State also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts ranking.

It takes the average student at Illinois State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,958. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Illinois State is $108,817. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

After completing their bachelor's degree, Fine Arts graduates from Illinois State carry an average student debtload of $21,783. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $226, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus landed the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value fine and studio arts schools. USF Tampa is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Tampa.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at USF Tampa to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,095. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the USF Tampa is $99,308. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Fine Arts majors at USF Tampa take out an average of $20,245 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $205.

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#13

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNI is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Cedar Falls.

At UNI, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,198. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNI be around $107,439. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

After completing their bachelor's degree, Fine Arts graduates from UNI carry an average student debtload of $21,772. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $210.

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#14

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University landed the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value fine and studio arts schools. Texas Tech is a very large public school located in the large city of Lubbock.

At Texas Tech, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,296. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech be around $105,298. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Fine Arts majors at Texas Tech take out an average of $24,098 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $259.

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Our rankings recognize Northern Illinois University as the #15 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at NIU is 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,171. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from NIU is $92,181. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from NIU take out $24,328 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $245.

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#16

CUNY Hunter College

New York, NY

Our rankings recognize CUNY Hunter College as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Hunter is a fairly large public school located in the city of New York.

It takes the average student at Hunter about 4.6 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,445. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Hunter be around $99,290. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at Hunter take out while working on their bachelor's is $18,144. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $159, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Wisconsin - Whitewater landed the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value fine and studio arts schools. Located in the town of Whitewater, UW - Whitewater is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes the average student at UW - Whitewater about 4.5 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,164. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UW - Whitewater be around $91,343. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from UW - Whitewater take out $27,565 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. UW - Eau Claire is a large public school located in the city of Eau Claire.

It takes the average student at UW - Eau Claire about 4.5 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,070. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UW - Eau Claire is about $99,536. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from UW - Eau Claire take out $23,524 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $253.

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#19

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL

University of North Florida earned the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNF is a large public school located in the city of Jacksonville.

It takes the average student at UNF about 4.5 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,266. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UNF is $105,395. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at UNF take out while working on their bachelor's is $19,918. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $196.

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#20

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Our rankings recognize University of Georgia as the #20 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Athens, UGA is a public college with a very large student population. UGA also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

It takes the average student at UGA about 4.3 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $31,505. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UGA be around $134,211. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Fine Arts majors at UGA take out an average of $21,614 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $239.

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Grand Valley State University earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. GVSU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Allendale.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at GVSU is 4.5 years, and it costs about $23,233 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $105,245 to get a bachelor’s degree from GVSU. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Fine Arts majors at GVSU take out an average of $28,220 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $291, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#22

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

The #22 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Ball State University. Ball State is a very large public school located in the small city of Muncie.

The average student at Ball State graduates in less than 4.3 years, and it costs about $26,050 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Ball State is about $111,494. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

After completing their bachelor's degree, Fine Arts graduates from Ball State carry an average student debtload of $24,366. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $279.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - Platteville as the #23 school in this year's rankings. UW - Platteville is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Platteville.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UW - Platteville is 4.7 years, and it costs about $20,335 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $94,761 to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - Platteville. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at UW - Platteville take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,853. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#24

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

The #24 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Ferris State University. Located in the distant town of Big Rapids, Ferris is a public school with a large student population.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at Ferris to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $15,909. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Ferris is $73,022. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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California State University - Long Beach earned the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Long Beach, Cal State Long Beach is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average student at Cal State Long Beach graduates in less than 5.0 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,708. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach is about $122,552. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at Cal State Long Beach take out while working on their bachelor's is $19,304. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $189, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#31

SUNY New Paltz

New Paltz, NY
#32

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC
#33

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
#39

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN
#40

Drew University

Madison, NJ
#41

SUNY Oswego

Oswego, NY
#42

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#44

Towson University

Towson, MD
#46

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC
#47

Albright College

Reading, PA
#48

Kansas City Art Institute

Kansas City, MO

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 Value Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts award.

Rank College Location
49 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
50 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
51 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
52 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
53 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
54 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
55 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
56 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
57 University of North Texas Denton, TX
58 Messiah University Mechanicsburg, PA
59 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Edinboro, PA
60 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
61 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
62 Minneapolis College of Art and Design Minneapolis, MN
63 The College at Brockport Brockport, NY
64 Appalachian State University Boone, NC

Fine & Studio Arts by Region

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Fine & Studio Arts is one of 9 different types of Visual & Performing Arts programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Design & Applied Arts 19,137
Music 15,747
Drama & Theater Arts 12,791
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 11,308
General Visual & Performing Arts 3,315

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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 Jorge Royan.

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