Cambridge, MA (population: 108,135) has two art schools within its city limits. Harvard University, the highest ranked school in the city with an art program, has a total student population of 27,651. It is the highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Massachusetts.
Art students from Cambridge 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 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy NECTA area alone, there are 100 employed craft artists earning an average salary of $41,820. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in this area earn $41,930/yr and there are 280 employed.
Cambridge lies in Middlesex county, which is one of the 12 counties in Massachusetts. Overall, the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy NECTA area has 1,685,900 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $28.04/hr average worker wage, and a $58,330 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.167 out of every 1000 jobs in Cambridge are held by fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, and 0.060/1000 are held by craft artists.
Of the 2 art schools in Cambridge, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lesley University comes out as the most expensive ($28,404/yr) for art students, with Harvard University as the lowest, reported at only $16,156/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Cambridge|
|Chestnut Hill||MA||-||2||53.2355||134||4.3 miles|
|North Andover||MA||-||1||30.19||56||22.1 miles|
|North Attleborough||MA||43,307||0||-||0||30.3 miles|