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2023 Visual and Performing Arts Cost

There are about 27,804 students enrolled in Visual and Performing Arts in the USA.

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Visual and performing arts is the 113th most expensive degree in America, with a median cost of $38,112 amongst the top 50 programs (just ahead of #114, Architecture, with a median cost of $37,718).

New England has the most expensive colleges with top 50 visual and performing arts programs predominantly led by Harvard University with an annual cost of $47,730. The most expensive state for visual and performing arts is Maryland led by Maryland Institute College of Art.

Public schools with solid programs by and large charge 76.91% less than private schools for in-state students. However, when looking at out-of-state tuition, the median top 50 Public school charges 47.37% less than the median private school. So make sure to take a look at public shools in your state sooner rather than later.

The most expensive top 25 college for visual and performing arts is University of Southern California, which is the 14th most expensive college in the US. The most affordable option in the top 100 is Escuela de Artes Plasticas y Diseno de Puerto Rico. It costs just $5,020 per year but is ranked 59th for its visual and performing arts program. If you’re looking for a higher ranked, but still affordable school, SUNY at Purchase College  might be for you, ranked #19 with an in-state cost of just $7,070. Another more affordable pick would be #25, State University of New York at New Paltz in Ulster County, NY with a cost of $7,070 for in-state students and $16,980 for out-of-state students.

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