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2020 Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts in Washington

Fine & Studio Arts is a popular major and Washington is the 24th most popular state for students studying this major. 437 of the 41,431 Fine & Studio Arts degrees earned last year were given by colleges in Washington. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts in Washington ranking analyzed 10 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in fine and studio arts. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 colleges for Fine & Studio Arts students in Washington.

Choosing a Great Fine & Studio Arts School

Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts in Washington The Fine Arts program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality Fine Arts program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we consider a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A fine and studio arts degree from schools on this list usually results in higher than average income following graduation. Recent fine and studio arts graduates from Washington schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $23,475 in 2017-2018.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Fine & Studio Arts students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other fine and studio arts students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized fine and studio arts related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Fine & Studio Arts students in Washington.

Best Schools to Study Fine & Studio Arts in Washington

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Top 10 Best Fine Arts Colleges in Washington

University of Washington - Seattle Campus is one of the best schools in the United States for fine and studio arts. Located in the city Seattle, UW Seattle is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Graduates from the fine and studio arts program at University of Washington - Seattle Campus earn $3,220 more than the average college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA

Whitman College is a wonderful choice for individuals pursuing a Fine & Studio Arts major. Whitman is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Walla Walla.More…

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It's difficult to beat Western Washington University if you want to pursue fine and studio arts as a major. Located in the city Bellingham, WWU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

After getting their bachelor's degree, Fine Arts students typically make about $23,500 in the first five years of their career.

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Seattle University

Seattle, WA

Seattle University is one of the best schools in the United States for fine and studio arts. Located in the large city Seattle, Seattle U is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.More…

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Located in the suburb Tacoma, PLU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Students who graduate from the Fine Arts program earn around $21,400 in the first couple years of their career.

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Puget Sound is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Tacoma.More…

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Wazzu is a very large public school located in the town of Pullman.

Graduates of the Fine Arts program make around $21,900 in their early career salary.

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Located in the city Seattle, SPU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More…

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Located in the distant town Ellensburg, CWU is a public college with a large student population.

After graduating, Fine Arts students typically make around $23,500 at the beginning of their careers.

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Located in the fringe town Cheney, EWU is a public school with a large student population.More…

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Best Fine & Studio Arts Colleges in the Far Western US Region

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State Colleges Degrees Awarded
California 328 6,879
Oregon 266 463
Nevada 199 144
Hawaii 169 81
Alaska 146 44

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Design & Applied Arts 37,428
Music 27,188
Drama & Theater Arts 17,242
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 16,684
General Visual & Performing Arts 5,302

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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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