Cedar Rapids, IA (population: 130,349) has four fine arts schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Knox College, the highest ranked school in this group with a fine arts program, has a total student population of 1,407. It is the 154th highest ranked school in the USA and the 4th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University). To learn more about fine arts programs in Cedar Rapids, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of fine arts professors at Knox College such as Michael Godsil, Gilbert Gregory, Mark Holmes, Lynette Lombard, Jeremy Long, and C. Sherman.
Fine Arts students from Cedar Rapids 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.
Cedar Rapids lies in Linn county, which is one of the 52 counties in Iowa. Overall, the Cedar Rapids area has 136,700 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,070 average annual salary.
Of the 4 fine arts schools with a 100-mile radius of Cedar Rapids, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Knox College comes out as the most expensive ($21,851/yr) for fine arts students, with Maharishi University of Management as the lowest, reported at only $16,856/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Cedar Rapids|
|Iowa City||IA||69,842||2||33.2806||239||22.5 miles|
|Cedar Falls||IA||-||3||27.7287||174||55.2 miles|
|Rock Island||IL||-||2||34.7008||66||64.7 miles|
|West Burlington||IA||-||1||15.5796||40||83.6 miles|