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2020 Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts in Michigan

Fine & Studio Arts is a popular major and Michigan is the 11th most popular state for students studying this major. 914 of the 41,431 Fine & Studio Arts diplomas awarded last year were given by schools in Michigan. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts in Michigan ranking analyzed 16 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in fine and studio arts. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 2 schools for Fine & Studio Arts students in Michigan.

Choosing a Great Fine & Studio Arts School

Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts in Michigan 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. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

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 include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Graduates Earn More After College

A fine and studio arts degree from colleges on this list usually translates into above average wages after graduation. A fine and studio arts bachelors degree from a school in Michigan helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $23,845 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 full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Fine & Studio Arts students in Michigan.

Best Schools to Study Fine & Studio Arts in Michigan

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 Michigan

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is a wonderful decision for students pursuing a Fine & Studio Arts degree. U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor.

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor fine and studio arts students earn $6,260 more than the average Fine Arts student.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

It's hard to beat Michigan State University if you want to study fine and studio arts. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the city of East Lansing.

Grads of the Fine Arts program report average early career income of $24,000.

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Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo College is a good option for students pursuing a Fine & Studio Arts major. K College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Kalamazoo.More…

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College for Creative Studies is a wonderful option for individuals pursuing a Fine & Studio Arts major. CCS is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Detroit.More…

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Calvin University

Grand Rapids, MI

Located in the city Grand Rapids, Calvin is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.More…

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Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

Wayne State is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Detroit.

After graduation, Fine Arts students typically make about $26,200 in the first five years of their career.

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Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Located in the distant town Mount Pleasant, Central Michigan is a public college with a very large student population.

Graduates of the Fine Arts program make an average of $20,200 in their early career salary.

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Located in the suburb Allendale, GVSU is a public college with a very large student population.

Students who graduate from the Fine Arts program make an average of $25,000 in their early career salary.

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WMU is a very large public school located in the small city of Kalamazoo.

After graduation, Fine Arts students usually earn an average of $20,500 at the beginning of their careers.

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Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Ferris is a large public school located in the town of Big Rapids.

After getting their bachelor's degree, Fine Arts students generally earn about $23,900 in their early careers.

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Best Fine & Studio Arts Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Ohio 318 869
Illinois 306 1,739
Indiana 291 688
Wisconsin 290 690

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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