Charlottesville, VA (population: 41,429) has nine illustration schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. American University, the highest ranked school in this group with an illustration program, has a total student population of 12,241. It is the 97th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of District Of Columbia (#1 is George Washington University).
Illustration students from Charlottesville 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.
Charlottesville lies in Charlottesville county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Charlottesville area has 93,180 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.9% unemployment rate, $20.99/hr average worker wage, and a $43,660 average annual salary.
Of the 9 illustration schools with a 100-mile radius of Charlottesville, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Washington comes out as the most expensive ($42,518/yr) for illustration students, with University of the District of Columbia as the lowest, reported at only $7,881/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Charlottesville|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||72.1 miles|
|Falls Church||VA||-||1||13.4471||18||92.2 miles|