Buffalo, NY (population: 267,037) has nine art and design schools within its city limits. D'Youville College, the highest ranked school in the city with an art and design program, has a total student population of 2,971. It is the 502nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 36th highest in the state of New York (#1 is Columbia University in the City of New York).
Art and Design students from Buffalo 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.
Buffalo lies in Erie county, which is one of the 28 counties in New York. Overall, the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area has 534,300 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.69/hr average worker wage, and a $40,960 average annual salary.
Of the 9 art and design schools in Buffalo, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Continental School of Beauty Culture comes out as the most expensive ($19,576/yr) for art and design students, with Erie Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,003/yr.