Columbia, SC (population: 130,246) has seven art and design schools within its city limits. Columbia College, the highest ranked school in the city with an art and design program, has a total student population of 1,444. It is the 597th highest ranked school in the USA and the 10th highest in the state of South Carolina (#1 is Clemson University).
Art and Design students from Columbia 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.
Columbia lies in Richland county, which is one of the 27 counties in South Carolina. Overall, the Columbia area has 334,600 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $18.76/hr average worker wage, and a $39,020 average annual salary.
Of the 7 art and design schools in Columbia, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Phoenix-Columbia Campus comes out as the most expensive ($25,171/yr) for art and design students, with Allen University as the lowest, reported at only $11,169/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Columbia|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||62.8 miles|
|North Augusta||SC||-||1||27.4739||4||72.2 miles|
|North Charleston||SC||99,930||3||24.6487||24||92.3 miles|