Alberta, VA has seven illustration schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. North Carolina State University at Raleigh, the highest ranked school in this group with an illustration program, has a total student population of 33,819. It is the 70th highest ranked school in the USA and the 4th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Illustration students from Alberta schools who go on to become illustration artists, animation artists, artists, graphic artists, 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, Artists and related workers make on average $57,470 per year and there are about 8,100 of them employed in the US today.
Alberta lies in Brunswick county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area has 68,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.5% unemployment rate, $15.53/hr average worker wage, and a $32,290 average annual salary.
Of the 7 illustration schools with a 100-mile radius of Alberta, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham comes out as the most expensive ($28,276/yr) for illustration students, with Danville Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,074/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Alberta|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||56.2 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||62.8 miles|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||77.5 miles|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||91.2 miles|