Portland, OR (population: 573,530) has three fine arts schools within its city limits. Lewis & Clark College, the highest ranked school in the city with a fine arts program, has a total student population of 3,523. It is the 127th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College). To learn more about fine arts programs in Portland, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of fine arts professors at Lewis & Clark College such as Barbara Bartholomew, and Robert Miller.
Fine Arts students from Portland 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.
Portland lies in Clackamas county, which is one of the 16 counties in Oregon. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary.
Of the 3 fine arts schools in Portland, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Portland comes out as the most expensive ($31,420/yr) for fine arts students, with Pacific Northwest College of Art as the lowest, reported at only $22,399/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Portland|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||12.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||71.8 miles|