2020 Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts in Pennsylvania
Fine & Studio Arts is a popular major and Pennsylvania is the 6th most popular state for students studying this major. 1,511 of the 41,431 Fine & Studio Arts diplomas awarded last year were given by colleges in Pennsylvania. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts in Pennsylvania ranking analyzed 32 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in fine and studio arts. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 4 colleges for Fine & Studio Arts students in Pennsylvania.
Choosing a Great Fine & Studio Arts School
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 take this into account we consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.
Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 33% of our overall quality ranking.
Better Early and Mid Career Salaries
A fine and studio arts degree from colleges on this list usually translates into above average income following graduation. Recent fine and studio arts graduates from Pennsylvania schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $22,527 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 Pennsylvania.
Best Schools to Study Fine & Studio Arts in Pennsylvania
Top 10 Best Fine Arts Colleges in Pennsylvania
It is difficult to beat University of Pennsylvania if you want to pursue fine and studio arts as a major. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. A Best Colleges rank of 3 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great college overall.
For those interested in something more advanced, UPenn also offers 2 different higher degree levels in fine and studio arts, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.More… Request Information
Every student who is interested in fine and studio arts has to look into Temple University. Temple is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Philadelphia. This college ranks 27th out of 123 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.
There are about 147 fine and studio arts undergrads enrolled in this degree at Temple. After graduating, Fine Arts students typically earn around $22,200 at the beginning of their careers.More… Request Information
Every student who is interested in fine and studio arts has to take a look at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Millersville is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Millersville. This college ranks 68th out of 123 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.
A popular major for fine and studio arts undergrads, there are approximately 53 learners enrolled in this program at Millersville. Graduates of the Fine Arts program earn around $25,700 in their early career salary.More… Request Information
Any student who is interested in fine and studio arts needs to look into Carnegie Mellon University. Located in the large city Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 28 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Carnegie Mellon is a great college overall.
Carnegie Mellon University is one of the most popular school to study Fine Arts in Pennsylvania with over 29 graduations last year.More… Request Information
Located in the city Pittsburgh, Pitt is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 124 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Pitt is a great school overall.
There are about 69 fine and studio arts undergrads studying this degree at Pitt. Fine & Studio Arts majors from University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus receive an earnings boost of around $6,778 above the typical earnings of fine and studio arts majors.More… Request Information
Bryn Mawr is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Bryn Mawr. A Best Colleges rank of 95 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Bryn Mawr is a great school overall.
For those interested in something more advanced, Bryn Mawr also offers 2 different higher degree levels in fine and studio arts, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship).More… Request Information
Located in the small city Lancaster, Franklin and Marshall is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 63 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Franklin and Marshall is a great college overall.
A favorite choice for fine and studio arts undergraduates, there are roughly 6 individuals studying this degree at Franklin and Marshall.More… Request Information
Located in the city University Park, Penn State University Park is a public school with a very large student population. This college ranks 17th out of 123 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.
For those interested in something more advanced, Penn State University Park also offers 2 different higher degree levels in fine and studio arts, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the Fine Arts program state that they receive average early career earnings of $25,200.More… Request Information
Located in the small city Carlisle, Dickinson is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 88 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Dickinson is a great school overall.
With 10 students enrolled, Dickinson College is one of most popular schools to study Fine Arts in Pennsylvania.More… Request Information
Located in the large suburb Swarthmore, Swarthmore is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 38 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Swarthmore is a great school overall.
A favorite major for fine and studio arts undergrads, there are roughly 11 learners studying this program at Swarthmore.More… Request Information
Best Fine & Studio Arts Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region
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Rankings in Majors Related to Fine Arts
Fine & Studio Arts is one of 9 different types of Visual & Performing Arts programs to choose from.
Most Popular Related Majors
|Related Major||Annual Graduates|
|Design & Applied Arts||37,428|
|Drama & Theater Arts||17,242|
|Film, Video & Photographic Arts||16,684|
|General Visual & Performing Arts||5,302|
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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