General Visual & Performing Arts

2022 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools

158 Colleges in the United States
5,811 Visual Arts Degrees Awarded
$24,577 Avg Early-Career Salary
General Visual & Performing Arts is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #125 most popular degree program in the country. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 158 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for general visual and performing arts students pursuing a degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 5,811 degrees in general visual and performing arts during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great General Visual & Performing Arts School

Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools The visual arts program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for General Visual & Performing Arts rankings. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for general visual and performing arts schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Pick Your General Visual & Performing Arts Degree Level

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

Best Schools for General Visual & Performing Arts in the United States

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the visual arts degree levels they offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

23 Top Schools in Visual Arts

#1

Duke University

Durham, NC
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In NC

Every student pursuing a degree in general visual and performing arts has to look into Duke University. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were approximately 7 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
22nd Most Popular In NY

Every student who is interested in general visual and performing arts needs to look into Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. RPI is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Troy. A Best Schools rank of #65 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means RPI is a great school overall.

There were about 7 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at RPI in the most recent year we have data available.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX
93 Visual Arts Degrees Awarded

The University of Texas at Austin is a great option for students pursuing a degree in general visual and performing arts. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #52 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UT Austin is a great university overall.

There were approximately 93 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at UT Austin in the most recent data year.

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#4

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In PA

University of Pennsylvania is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in general visual and performing arts. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were approximately 12 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In CA
33 Visual Arts Degrees Awarded

USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Schools rank of #33 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were about 33 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available.

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#6

Stonehill College

Easton, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In MA

Located in the large suburb of Easton, Stonehill is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 14th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 4 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at Stonehill in the most recent year we have data available.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
89 Visual Arts Degrees Awarded

QCC is a fairly large public college located in the large city of Bayside. This college ranks 44th out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 89 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at QCC in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the visual arts program state that they receive average early career earnings of $16,000.

More information about a degree in general visual and performing arts from Queensborough Community College

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In TX

Located in the medium-sized city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #81 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Texas A&M College Station is a great university overall.

There were roughly 19 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at Texas A&M College Station in the most recent data year.

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#9

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
56 Visual Arts Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, UF is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #94 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UF is a great university overall.

There were about 56 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at UF in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the general visual and performing arts degree program at University of Florida make $16,323 above the standard college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#10

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In MA

Northeastern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Boston. A Best Schools rank of #58 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Northeastern is a great university overall.

There were about 16 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at Northeastern in the most recent year we have data available.

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#11

Rice University

Houston, TX
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In TX

Rice is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Houston. A Best Schools rank of #25 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Rice is a great university overall.

There were roughly 20 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at Rice in the most recent year we have data available.

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#12

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
11th Most Popular In PA

Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #20 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Carnegie Mellon is a great university overall.

There were about 2 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at Carnegie Mellon in the most recent year we have data available.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
52 Visual Arts Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of New York, BMCC is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 36th out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 52 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at BMCC in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the visual arts program report average early career income of $18,300.

More information about a degree in general visual and performing arts from Borough of Manhattan Community College

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
356 Visual Arts Degrees Awarded

UCF is a very large public university located in the large suburb of Orlando. This university ranks 11th out of 87 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There were approximately 356 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at UCF in the most recent data year. Soon after graduating, visual arts degree recipients generally make around $21,000 at the beginning of their careers.

More information about a degree in general visual and performing arts from University of Central Florida

#15

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MA
89 Visual Arts Degrees Awarded

Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Cambridge. A Best Schools rank of #10 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were roughly 89 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent data year.

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#16

Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
48 Visual Arts Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Los Angeles, Otis College of Art and Design is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

There were about 48 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at Otis College of Art and Design in the most recent data year. Those general visual and performing arts students who get their degree from Otis College of Art and Design receive $7,723 more than the standard visual arts grad.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MO
55 Visual Arts Degrees Awarded

Mizzou is a very large public university located in the midsize city of Columbia. This university ranks 4th out of 55 schools for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

There were about 55 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at Mizzou in the most recent data year.

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#18

Boston University

Boston, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In MA

Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Boston. A Best Schools rank of #67 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Boston U is a great university overall.

There were about 1 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent year we have data available.

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#19

SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
42 Visual Arts Degrees Awarded

Located in the remote town of Oneonta, SUNY Oneonta is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. This school ranks 33rd out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 42 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at SUNY Oneonta in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the visual arts program state that they receive average early career wages of $26,400.

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#20

Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In MN

Located in the large city of Saint Paul, Hamline is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 16th out of 63 schools for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There were about 15 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at Hamline in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
126 Visual Arts Degrees Awarded

UCSD is a very large public university located in the city of La Jolla. This university ranks 24th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 126 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at UCSD in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the visual arts program report average early career earnings of $12,700.

More information about a degree in general visual and performing arts from University of California - San Diego

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In TX
163 Visual Arts Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize city of Richardson, UT Dallas is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 13th out of 136 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were about 163 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at UT Dallas in the most recent data year.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In TX
75 Visual Arts Degrees Awarded

Austin Community College District is a very large public college located in the city of Austin. This college ranks 14th out of 136 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were approximately 75 general visual and performing arts students who graduated with this degree at Austin Community College District in the most recent year we have data available.

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Rest of the Top Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for General Visual & Performing Arts students that almost earned our Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools award.

Rank College Location
25 Siena College Loudonville, NY
26 Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA
27 Longwood University Farmville, VA
28 San Jacinto Community College Pasadena, TX
29 The University of Montana Missoula, MT
30 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
31 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
24 Fordham University Bronx, NY
25 Siena College Loudonville, NY

General Visual & Performing Arts by Region

View the Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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General Visual & Performing Arts is one of 10 different types of Visual & Performing Arts programs to choose from.

Visual Arts Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 3,133
Digital Arts 2,678

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 33,317
Design & Applied Arts 30,023
Music 25,677
Drama & Theater Arts 16,685
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 15,516
Arts & Media Management 4,746
Dance 3,237
Other Visual Art 937
Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry 103
Community/Environmental/Socially-Engaged Art 3

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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 Sven Mandel / CC-BY-SA-4.0.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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