El Paso, TX (population: 631,862) has two arts schools within its city limits. The University of Texas at El Paso, the highest ranked school in the city with an arts program, has a total student population of 21,011. It is the 2801st highest ranked school in the USA and the 130th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University). To learn more about arts programs in El Paso, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of arts professors at The University of Texas at El Paso such as Kim Bauer, and Raymond Gonzalez.
Arts students from El Paso 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.
El Paso lies in El Paso county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the El Paso area has 269,250 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $16.37/hr average worker wage, and a $34,050 average annual salary.
Of the 2 arts schools in El Paso, both of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The University of Texas at El Paso comes out as the most expensive ($5,224/yr) for arts students, with El Paso Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,368/yr.