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2020 Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts in the Rocky Mountains Region

Approximately 41,431 fine and studio arts degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking analyzed 20 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 the Rocky Mountains Region.

Choosing a Great Fine & Studio Arts School

Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts in the Rocky Mountains Region 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 include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 14% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 14%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 213 to 64 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A fine and studio arts degree from colleges on this list typically results in above average earnings following graduation. Recent fine and studio arts graduates from Rocky Mountains schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $23,742 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 the Rocky Mountains Region.

Best Schools to Study Fine & Studio Arts in Rocky Mountains

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

Top 10 Best Fine Arts Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region

Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CO
$22,700 Median Starting Salary

Any student who is interested in fine and studio arts needs to take a look at University of Colorado Boulder. Located in the medium-sized city Boulder, CU - Boulder is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 6th out of 57 schools for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

For those interested in something more advanced, CU - Boulder 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 earn around $22,700 at the beginning of their careers.

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Master Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In UT
20.0% Growth in Graduates

It's hard to beat Brigham Young University - Provo if you want to study fine and studio arts. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo. A Best Colleges rank of 102 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means BYU is a great school overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, BYU offers a Master's Degree in fine and studio arts. After graduation, Fine Arts students usually make about $21,600 at the beginning of their careers.

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#3

Colorado College

Colorado Springs, CO
9th Most Popular In CO

Colorado College is among your best bets if you're planning on studying fine and studio arts. Located in the large city Colorado Springs, Colorado College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 3rd out of 57 colleges for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

Colorado College is a fairly popular college to study Fine Arts in Rocky Mountains exceeding 21 graduates last year.

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University of Denver

Denver, CO
Master Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In CO

It is difficult to beat University of Denver if you wish to study fine and studio arts. U of Denver is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Denver. This college ranks 4th out of 57 colleges for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

With 37 students enrolled, University of Denver is one of most popular schools to study Fine Arts in Rocky Mountains.

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University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT
Master Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In UT
$27,500 Median Starting Salary

U of U is a very large public school located in the city of Salt Lake City. This college ranks 5th out of 57 schools for overall quality in the state of Utah.

For those interested in something more advanced, U of U also offers 2 different higher degree levels in fine and studio arts, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Fine & Studio Arts majors from University of Utah get a earnings boost of around $2,729 above the typical income of fine and studio arts graduates.

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Master Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CO
20.2% Growth in Graduates

Colorado State is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Fort Collins. This college ranks 7th out of 57 schools for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Colorado State also offers a Master's Degree in fine and studio arts. Graduates of the Fine Arts program state that they receive average early career earnings of $26,100.

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3rd Most Popular In CO
$28,400 Median Starting Salary

Located in the city Denver, CU Anschutz is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 11th out of 57 colleges for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

A preferred choice for fine and studio arts undergraduates, there are approximately 76 learners studying this program at CU Anschutz. Fine & Studio Arts graduates from University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus earn a boost of approximately $3,629 over the average income of fine and studio arts graduates.

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University of Idaho

Moscow, ID
Master Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In ID
15.4% Growth in Graduates

Idaho is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Moscow. This college ranks 14th out of 57 schools for overall quality in the state of Idaho.

There are roughly 26 fine and studio arts undergrads enrolled in this program at Idaho. After graduating, Fine Arts students typically earn about $17,900 at the beginning of their careers.

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Master Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In CO
1.6% Growth in Graduates

University of Northern Colorado is a large public school located in the midsize city of Greeley. This college ranks 20th out of 57 colleges for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

A popular major for fine and studio arts undergrads, there are about 61 learners enrolled in this degree at University of Northern Colorado. Graduates of the Fine Arts program make an average of $24,100 in their early career salary.

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University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY
1st Most Popular In WY
13.5% Growth in Graduates
$30,100 Median Starting Salary

Located in the remote town Laramie, U of Wyoming is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 9th out of 57 colleges for overall quality in the state of Wyoming.

There are about 37 fine and studio arts undergrads enrolled in this degree at U of Wyoming. Students from the fine and studio arts degree program at University of Wyoming earn $5,329 more than the average college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Best Fine & Studio Arts Colleges by State

Explore the best fine and studio arts schools for a specific state in this the Rocky Mountains region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Colorado 280 617
Utah 267 283
Idaho 222 207
Montana 193 119
Wyoming 170 76

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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