Tuition costs are a reality of post-secondary education, but it’s important not to be discouraged. If your top school is financially out of reach, your second or third choice may serve your future just as well. To help you find the program — and school — that’s right for you, we’ve rounded up typical tuition costs for visual and performing arts degrees. Here’s the range:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 9,810 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

17% above average compared to other degrees

$ 23,832 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

19% above average compared to other degrees

$ 37,965 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

17% above average compared to other degrees

What do visual and performing arts graduates earn?

Visual and performing arts students make an average of $41,717 per year after graduation. This is 38% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 41,717 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 8% of degrees

N/A
% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular visual and performing arts schools in the US

There are 314 schools in the US that offer a visual and performing arts degree. The visual and performing arts schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-San Diego, New York University and Boston University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in visual and performing arts per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-San Diego$14,018
New York University$50,464
Boston University$52,082
University of Southern California$54,259
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398
University of California-Riverside$13,917
University of Pennsylvania$53,534
Harvard University$48,949
California State University-Los Angeles$6,639

Top US schools for a visual and performing arts degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering visual and performing arts degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Harvard University5%$48,949
Northwestern University9%$52,678
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
Duke University10%$53,500
Barnard College15%$52,662
Rice University16%$45,608
University of Southern California16%$54,259
Haverford College20%$52,994
Emory University22%$49,392
Boston University25%$52,082

Cheapest US schools for a visual and performing arts degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a visual and performing arts degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
American River College$1,104
Barstow Community College$1,104
Cosumnes River College$1,104
Sacramento City College$1,104
San Joaquin Delta College$1,104
Copper Mountain Community College$1,112
Antelope Valley College$1,124
Victor Valley College$1,126
Lassen Community College$1,127
Fullerton College$1,138

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