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2020 Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts in Alabama

Fine & Studio Arts is a popular major and Alabama is the 26th most popular state for students studying this major. 400 of the 41,431 Fine & Studio Arts degrees earned last year were given by colleges in Alabama. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts in Alabama ranking analyzed 11 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in fine and studio arts. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 colleges for Fine & Studio Arts students in Alabama.

Choosing a Great Fine & Studio Arts School

Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts in Alabama 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 combination of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A fine and studio arts degree from colleges on this list typically translates into higher than average earnings after graduation. A fine and studio arts bachelors degree from a college in Alabama helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $22,562 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 colleges for Fine & Studio Arts students in Alabama.

Best Schools to Study Fine & Studio Arts in Alabama

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

Top 10 Best Fine Arts Colleges in Alabama

#1

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL
Master Highest Degree Type
$28,300 Median Starting Salary

The University of Alabama is among your top options if you're planning on studying fine and studio arts. UA is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Tuscaloosa.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, UA offers a Master's Degree in fine and studio arts. Graduates from the fine and studio arts major at The University of Alabama make $5,414 above the average college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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#2

Auburn University

Auburn, AL
$20,400 Median Starting Salary

Any student pursuing a degree in fine and studio arts has to check out Auburn University. Auburn is a very large public school located in the small city of Auburn.

Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, Fine Arts students typically earn about $20,400 in their early careers.

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#3

Birmingham Southern College

Birmingham, AL
44.4% Growth in Graduates

It's hard to beat Birmingham Southern College if you wish to pursue fine and studio arts as a major. Located in the city Birmingham, BSC is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More…

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Master Highest Degree Type
$24,100 Median Starting Salary

It is difficult to beat University of Alabama at Birmingham if you want to study fine and studio arts. UAB is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Birmingham.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, UAB offers a Master's Degree in fine and studio arts. Graduates of the Fine Arts program earn an average of $24,100 for their early career.

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45.7% Growth in Graduates

Located in the midsize city Huntsville, UAH is a public school with a medium-sized student population.More…

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#6

University of Montevallo

Montevallo, AL
4.0% Growth in Graduates
$21,600 Median Starting Salary

Located in the suburb Montevallo, University of Montevallo is a public school with a small student population.

Soon after graduation, Fine Arts students typically make an average of $21,600 at the beginning of their careers.

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29.7% Growth in Graduates
$22,900 Median Starting Salary

Located in the medium-sized city Mobile, USA is a public school with a large student population.

Soon after graduation, Fine Arts students typically make around $22,900 at the beginning of their careers.

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Located in the city Florence, UNA is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.More…

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#9

Troy University

Troy, AL
25.8% Growth in Graduates
$19,300 Median Starting Salary

Located in the remote town Troy, TROY is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Students who graduate from this degree report average early career earnings of $19,300.

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#10

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, AL
$23,600 Median Starting Salary

Located in the city Jacksonville, Jacksonville State University is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, Fine Arts students generally make about $23,600 in their early careers.

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Best Fine & Studio Arts Colleges in the Southeast Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 300 926
Florida 291 1,358
Virginia 289 767
North Carolina 286 773
Tennessee 266 472
Kentucky 257 414
South Carolina 254 366
Louisiana 254 358
Arkansas 249 214
Mississippi 239 171
West Virginia 222 170

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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