If you have a passion for the arts but don't want to live as a starving artist for the rest of your life, make a smart decision about where you earn your bachelor's degree in art. There are 114 colleges and universities included in PayScale's list of highest-earning colleges for art majors. Many of the schools on this list prove that art majors can earn high salaries - you just have to be smart about which school you choose and what you study.
Best Schools By Early Career Salary for Art Majors
You don't have to go to an art school to embark on a successful career in art. In fact, Carnegie Mellon, more famous for it's engineering program, produces the highest-earning graduates early in their careers. San Jose State University, a public college in California, comes in second. The Art Center of College and Design in Pasadena, California, is the art school with the highest-earning art majors on our list by early career salary.
Other prominent colleges for early career salary potential for art majors include: CUNY -- Hunter College, NYU, Brigham Young University, Northeastern University and the Rhode Island School of Design.
High Mid-Career Salaries in the Arts
Graduates from The New School, in New York City, top PayScale's list of the highest-paid art majors in terms of mid-career career salary with a median income of $99,200 per year. The second-best college for art majors measured by mid-career salary is New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, where alumni with art majors earn a median mid-career salary of $91,800. The school skews heavily female (84 percent). The median early career salary for art majors with a bachelor's degree from FIT is $44,800.