Best art colleges in the state, country and world


State: Davidson College

In North Carolina, Davidson College was ranked first in the state as the best visual art college by At Davidson, students can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, while also offering minors with a focus on art history or studio art. On average students earned an average of $43,000 in their first-year working. Graduates reported having earned an average of $54,000 mid-career. At Davidson, students have access to the Belk Visual Arts Center which has teaching, studio, office, meeting, work, storage and gallery spaces for students to utilize. Students can also utilize an outdoor bronze foundry, individual studio spaces, a sculpture lab and studio M, where students can use technology such as 3-D printers to create artwork. 


United States: Columbia University 

According to, Columbia University is the best visual art college in the United States. Columbia offers a visual arts major and an art history and archaeology major. The school offers focus areas in criticism, conservation and art history. Courses are offered in areas of drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and movie image. Starting a career, graduates had an average beginning salary of $44,000 and reported to earn about $72,000 mid-career.

World: Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

In London England, the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design is considered one of the best art programs in the world, ranked fourth in the world by The college offers areas of study in Graphic Communication Design, Fine Art and Jewelry and Textiles. Students have access to many facilities ranging from areas of print to digital art work. Some of their facilities include letter press, print and dye, digital fabrication bureau, 3-D metal and wood studio, casting, jewellery, an animation studio, a weaving studio, a photography lab and a film and video lab. Graduates earn an average salary of $45,000 a year. 


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State: University of North Carolina School of the Arts

According to, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is ranked second in North Carolina and ninth in the nation for performing arts. UNCSA offers areas of study in music, theater and dance. At the school students have 7 available spaces to book performances. Graduates from UNCSA earn an average starting salary of $23,800.


United States: The Juilliard School 

Widely regarded as the best performance art college in the United States, The Juilliard School is ranked top in the nation by Julliard is also ranked best in the world by CEOWORLD magazine. Juilliard offers programs in dance, drama and music. Students  Juilliard’s Dance Division presents about 30 public performances, drama students have the ability to play roles in new works by Juilliard playwrights in twice a month, in addition to other opportunities, and each year musical students present over 700 performance activities. Mid-career students report making an income of $45,200 yearly, according to 


World: University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna

Ranked second in the world by CEOWORLD magazine, the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna has a main focus on music degrees. The school offers many different majors in music and a few drama majors.