Austin, TX (population: 792,778) has three fine arts schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Southwestern University, the highest ranked school in this group with a fine arts program, has a total student population of 1,301. It is the 1355th highest ranked school in the USA and the 60th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University). To learn more about fine arts programs in Austin, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of fine arts professors at Southwestern University such as Judy Thompson-Price, Patrick Veerkamp, and Mary Visser.
Fine Arts students from Austin 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.
Austin lies in Travis county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Austin-Round Rock area has 769,370 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $21.72/hr average worker wage, and a $45,180 average annual salary.
Of the 3 fine arts schools with a 100-mile radius of Austin, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Southwestern University comes out as the most expensive ($22,489/yr) for fine arts students, with Palo Alto College as the lowest, reported at only $3,481/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Austin|
|Cedar Park||TX||72,258||0||-||0||14.6 miles|
|San Antonio||TX||1,402,013||34||23.3851||958||74.4 miles|
|College Station||TX||90,406||1||0.218495||0||88.2 miles|