2020 Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts in Virginia
Fine & Studio Arts is a popular major and Virginia is the 14th most popular state for students studying this major. 767 of the 41,431 Fine & Studio Arts degrees earned last year were given by colleges in Virginia. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts in Virginia ranking analyzed 14 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 colleges for Fine & Studio Arts students in Virginia.
Choosing a Great Fine & Studio Arts School
Your choice of fine and studio arts school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:
A Great Overall School
A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.
Above Average Earnings After Graduation
Fine & Studio Arts graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. A fine and studio arts bachelors degree from a school in Virginia helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $23,220 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 schools for Fine & Studio Arts students in Virginia.
Best Schools to Study Fine & Studio Arts in Virginia
Top 10 Best Fine Arts Colleges in Virginia
University of Virginia - Main Campus is one of the finest schools in the country for fine and studio arts. Located in the small suburb Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a very large student population.
For those interested in something more advanced, University of Virginia also offers 2 different higher degree levels in fine and studio arts, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). University of Virginia - Main Campus fine and studio arts majors make $9,671 more than the average Fine Arts graduate.More… Request Information
It is difficult to beat College of William and Mary if you wish to pursue fine and studio arts as a major. Located in the small suburb Williamsburg, William & Mary is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.More…Request Information
It's hard to beat Virginia Commonwealth University if you wish to pursue fine and studio arts as a major. VCU is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Richmond.
For those interested in something more advanced, VCU also offers 2 different higher degree levels in fine and studio arts, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, Fine Arts students generally earn around $20,800 at the beginning of their careers.More… Request Information
Washington and Lee University is among your best bets if you're planning on studying fine and studio arts. Located in the town Lexington, Washington and Lee is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More…Request Information
Located in the city Harrisonburg, JMU is a public school with a very large student population.
In addition to its bachelor's programs, JMU offers a Master's Degree in fine and studio arts. James Madison University fine and studio arts majors receive $4,971 more than the average Fine Arts grad.More… Request Information
Located in the large suburb Fairfax, GMU is a public college with a very large student population.
For those interested in something more advanced, GMU 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
Located in the city University of Richmond, U of Richmond is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.More…Request Information
Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg.
Virginia Tech fine and studio arts majors earn $2,571 more than the average Fine Arts graduate.More… Request Information
UMW is a small public school located in the suburb of Fredericksburg.
After getting their bachelor's degree, Fine Arts students typically make about $15,200 in the first five years of their career.More… Request Information
Roanoke is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Salem.More…Request Information
Best Fine & Studio Arts Colleges in the Southeast Region
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Fine & Studio Arts Related Rankings by Major
One of 9 majors within the Visual & Performing Arts area of study, Fine & Studio Arts has other similar majors worth exploring.
Majors Similar to Fine Arts
|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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