Virginia Beach, VA (population: 439,564) has three art and design schools within its city limits. Rudy & Kelly Academy of Hair and Nails, the highest ranked school in the city with an art and design program, has a total student population of 121. It is the 2284th highest ranked school in the USA and the 48th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Art and Design students from Virginia Beach 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. In fact, in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 130 employed electrical and electronics drafters earning an average salary of $49,410. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in this area earn $28,230/yr and there are 200 employed.
Virginia Beach lies in Virginia Beach county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.271 out of every 1000 jobs in Virginia Beach are held by fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, and 0.171/1000 are held by electrical and electronics drafters.
Of the 3 art and design schools in Virginia Beach, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Rudy & Kelly Academy of Hair and Nails comes out as the most expensive ($19,052/yr) for art and design students, with ECPI College of Technology as the lowest, reported at only $13,376/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Virginia Beach|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||35.1 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||90.3 miles|