Boise City, ID (population: 210,099) has eight art and design schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. The College of Idaho, the highest ranked school in this group with an art and design program, has a total student population of 1,013. It is the 384th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Idaho (#1 is University of Idaho).
Art and Design students from Boise City schools who go on to become designers, ad designers, advertising designers, commercial designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 8,900 people working as fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $50,630. Also, Electrical and electronics drafters make on average $54,800 per year and there are about 30,590 of them employed in the US today.
Boise City lies in Ada county, which is one of the 33 counties in Idaho. Overall, the Boise City-Nampa area has 264,010 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $39,600 average annual salary.
Of the 8 art and design schools with a 100-mile radius of Boise City, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Scot Lewis Schools-Paul Mitchell Partner School comes out as the most expensive ($27,188/yr) for art and design students, with Treasure Valley Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,355/yr.