Mesa, AZ (population: 474,115) has two art schools within its city limits. East Valley Institute of Technology, the highest ranked school in the city with an art program, has a total student population of 270. It is the 1263rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 8th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Art students from Mesa schools who go on to become artists, animators, animation designers, animation artists, 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, Craft artists make on average $33,070 per year and there are about 5,380 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 80 employed craft artists earning an average salary of $29,370. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in this area earn $43,930/yr and there are 100 employed.
Mesa lies in Maricopa county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area has 1,763,410 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,930 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Mesa are held by fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, and 0/1000 are held by craft artists.
Of the 2 art schools in Mesa, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, East Valley Institute of Technology comes out as the most expensive ($13,392/yr) for art students, with Mesa Community College as the lowest, reported at only $9,090/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Mesa|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||36.7 miles|
|Prescott Valley||AZ||41,046||1||8.12951||6||88.8 miles|