Mesa, AZ (population: 474,115) has three fine arts schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. The Art Center Design College-Tucson, the highest ranked school in this group with a fine arts program, has a total student population of 279. It is the 2714th highest ranked school in the USA and the 30th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University). To learn more about fine arts programs in Mesa, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of fine arts professors at The Art Center Design College such as Len Disalvo, and Michael Nolan.
Fine Arts students from Mesa schools who go on to become artists, animation artists, fine artists, sculptors, 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 3 fine arts schools with a 100-mile radius of Mesa, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Center Design College-Tucson comes out as the most expensive ($35,307/yr) for fine arts students, with Chandler/Gilbert Community College as the lowest, reported at only $8,352/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|