Find Schools

Study Area & Zipcode

Fine & Studio Arts

Find Schools Near

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

Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts in Pennsylvania 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.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 471 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

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

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for fine and studio arts majors.

Top 10 Best Fine Arts Colleges in Pennsylvania

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In PA
8.6% Growth in Graduates

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
#2

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In PA
2.0% Growth in Graduates

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
Master Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In PA
5.7% Growth in Graduates

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
#4

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
Master Highest Degree Type
14th Most Popular In PA
3.4% Growth in Graduates

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
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In PA
$30,600 Median Starting Salary

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
#6

Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr, PA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
14th Most Popular In PA
31.0% Growth in Graduates

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
54th Most Popular In PA

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
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In PA
11.3% Growth in Graduates

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
#9

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA
38th Most Popular In PA

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
#10

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA
34th Most Popular In PA

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

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
New York 335 3,950
Maryland 284 761
New Jersey 280 953
District of Columbia 194 137
Delaware 171 66

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

View All Fine Arts Related Majors >

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.

Featured Fine Arts Schools

Find Schools Near You