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2020 Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts in Illinois

Fine & Studio Arts is a popular major and Illinois is the 5th most popular state for students studying this major. 1,739 of the 41,431 Fine & Studio Arts degrees awarded last year were given by schools in Illinois. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts in Illinois ranking analyzed 21 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in fine and studio arts. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 3 schools for Fine & Studio Arts students in Illinois.

Choosing a Great Fine & Studio Arts School

Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts in Illinois Your choice of fine and studio arts school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

The vast majority of the colleges on this list are in at least the top 34% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 382 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

Fine & Studio Arts graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. A fine and studio arts bachelors degree from a college in Illinois helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $22,047 a couple years later.

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 schools for Fine & Studio Arts students in Illinois.

Best Schools to Study Fine & Studio Arts in Illinois

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study fine and studio arts.

Top 10 Best Fine Arts Colleges in Illinois

#1

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
12th Most Popular In IL

University of Chicago is a wonderful choice for students pursuing a Fine & Studio Arts degree. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago. A Best Colleges rank of 8 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, UChicago also offers 2 different higher degree levels in fine and studio arts, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship).

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#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In IL
3.8% Growth in Graduates

Northwestern University is one of the best schools in the United States for fine and studio arts. Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston. This school ranks 2nd out of 63 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There are roughly 26 fine and studio arts undergrads enrolled in this degree at Northwestern U.

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Master Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IL
9.3% Growth in Graduates

It's hard to beat School of the Art Institute of Chicago if you want to study fine and studio arts. School of the Art Institute of Chicago is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago. This school ranks 27th out of 63 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

For those interested in something more advanced, School of the Art Institute of Chicago also offers 2 different higher degree levels in fine and studio arts, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. After graduating, Fine Arts students generally make about $20,000 in their early careers.

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Master Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In IL
$29,200 Median Starting Salary

It is difficult to beat Illinois State University if you wish to pursue fine and studio arts as a major. Located in the suburb Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a very large student population. This college ranks 13th out of 63 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Illinois State offers a Master's Degree in fine and studio arts. Students from the fine and studio arts major at Illinois State University earn $6,450 above the standard college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In IL
14.6% Growth in Graduates

UIUC is a very large public school located in the city of Champaign. This school ranks 3rd out of 63 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

For those interested in something more advanced, UIUC also offers 2 different higher degree levels in fine and studio arts, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. After graduation, Fine Arts students generally earn around $18,200 in their early careers.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
11th Most Popular In IL
$22,000 Median Starting Salary

Located in the city Chicago, UIC is a public school with a very large student population. This college ranks 11th out of 63 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

For those interested in something more advanced, UIC also offers 2 different higher degree levels in fine and studio arts, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. After graduation, Fine Arts students usually make about $22,000 in the first five years of their career.

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13th Most Popular In IL

Located in the suburb Wheaton, Wheaton College Illinois is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 4th out of 63 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

A favorite choice for fine and studio arts undergraduates, there are roughly 21 students enrolled in this degree at Wheaton College Illinois.

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#8

DePaul University

Chicago, IL
17th Most Popular In IL

DePaul is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago. This college ranks 10th out of 63 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

DePaul University is one of the most popular college to study Fine Arts in Illinois exceeding 16 graduates last year.

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15th Most Popular In IL

Located in the large city Chicago, Loyola Chicago is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 8th out of 63 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

For those interested in shorter degree, Loyola Chicago also offers a Award Taking Less Than 1 Year in fine and studio arts.

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#10

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL
26th Most Popular In IL

Located in the city Rock Island, Augustana is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 9th out of 63 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

A preferred choice for fine and studio arts undergraduates, there are roughly 9 learners studying this degree at Augustana.

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Best Fine & Studio Arts Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Fine & Studio Arts Colleges in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Ohio 318 869
Michigan 316 914
Indiana 291 688
Wisconsin 290 690

One of 9 majors within the Visual & Performing Arts area of study, Fine & Studio Arts has other similar majors worth exploring.

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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