Dallas, TX (population: 1,304,930) has seven arts schools within its city limits. Southern Methodist University, the highest ranked school in the city with an arts program, has a total student population of 10,891. It is the 976th highest ranked school in the USA and the 43rd highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Arts students from Dallas schools who go on to become artists, graphic designers, journalists, musicians, 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 Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area alone, there are 60 employed craft artists earning an average salary of $26,400. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in this area earn $50,350/yr and there are 150 employed.
Dallas lies in Dallas county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area has 2,047,600 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.17/hr average worker wage, and a $46,110 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.074 out of every 1000 jobs in Dallas are held by fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, and 0.028/1000 are held by craft artists.
Of the 7 arts schools in Dallas, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts-Dallas comes out as the most expensive ($40,779/yr) for arts students, with El Centro College as the lowest, reported at only $5,469/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Dallas|
|Grand Prairie||TX||167,767||3||23.6315||22||16.1 miles|
|Flower Mound||TX||72,721||0||-||0||24.9 miles|
|North Richland Hills||TX||67,133||1||26.4697||12||26.6 miles|
|Forth Worth||TX||-||3||11.7915||4||32.4 miles|
|Fort Worth||TX||751,149||10||30.6263||324||33.3 miles|