Memphis, TN (population: 662,989) has two fine arts schools within its city limits. Christian Brothers University, the highest ranked school in the city with a fine arts program, has a total student population of 1,926. It is the 2891st highest ranked school in the USA and the 80th highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University). To learn more about fine arts programs in Memphis, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of fine arts professors at Christian Brothers University such as Tommy Gaines, and Anthony Williams.
Fine Arts students from Memphis 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.
Memphis lies in Shelby county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary.
Of the 2 fine arts schools in Memphis, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Memphis College of Art comes out as the most expensive ($19,962/yr) for fine arts students, with Christian Brothers University as the lowest, reported at only $12,892/yr.