Norfolk, VA (population: 234,477) has three art schools within its city limits. Virginia Wesleyan College, the highest ranked school in the city with an art program, has a total student population of 1,336. It is the 578th highest ranked school in the USA and the 18th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Art students from Norfolk 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.
Norfolk lies in Norfolk 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.
Of the 3 art schools in Norfolk, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Virginia Wesleyan College comes out as the most expensive ($23,554/yr) for art students, with Old Dominion University as the lowest, reported at only $10,173/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Norfolk|
|Virginia Beach||VA||439,564||9||17.32||116||16.7 miles|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||18.6 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||73.9 miles|