El Paso, TX (population: 631,862) has one fine arts school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. New Mexico State University-Alamogordo has a total student population of 3,641. It is the 5821st highest ranked school in the USA and the 35th highest in the state of New Mexico (#1 is New Mexico State University-Main Campus). To learn more about fine arts programs in El Paso, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of fine arts professors at New Mexico State University such as Bryan Yancey.
Fine Arts students from El Paso 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.
El Paso lies in El Paso county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the El Paso area has 269,250 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $16.37/hr average worker wage, and a $34,050 average annual salary.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, New Mexico State University-Alamogordo ends up costing a student $6,498/yr.