With graduation season around the corner, it is time to think about your artistic future. What are the best schools to get your fine art degree in? We’ve narrowed down over hundreds of art schools to provide you with a list of the best.
Yale University offers a wide range of art disciplines such as graphic design, painting and printmaking, photography, sculpture, and film and video. Students be able to allow their creative sides to flourish at this university with chances to present their own personal artwork.
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Founded in 1887, Rhode Island School of Design still ranks on top as one of the best fine arts and design colleges in the US. Students can choose from over 15 art programs from apparel design to textiles. RISD’s campus is contiguous with the Brown University campus allowing to students to benefit the social and academic resources from both schools. Those applying to RISA are required to complete the RISD’s two drawing “hometest”, where one will have to create their own artistic version of the RISD bike.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Over 3000 students attend the School of Art Institute of Chicago, which offers a wide range of programs for undergraduates, graduates, and certificate programs. SAIC prepares students seeking to be a writer, artist, designer, scholar, educator, creative leader, or a combination of each. Students looking to enter the school will need to complete the necessary application requirements including providing a portfolio of their best and most recent work.
University of California- Los Angeles (UCLA)
Los Angeles is considered to be a global city full of diversity and culture. It’s no surprise UCLA offers a variety of art courses in painting, and drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, art theory, and new genres (including performance art, video, installation, and nonstudio work). The art major program at UCLA is a designated capstone major ensuring students will have an ability to develop and present a body of work that will show their proficiency.
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
Virginia Commonwealth University offers 16 Art programs for over 3,000 students. Most of the faculty at VCUarts are working artists who can provide students with realistic guidance. With more students looking to attend VCUarts every year, more than 300 new freshmen and current students scholarships are provided for those who need it.
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
At CatArts, they have six Art schools where students can earn their undergraduate and graduate degrees focusing on Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater. The Institute was first envisioned by Walt Disney to encompass a vibrant, eclectic community with global reach, inviting experimentation, independent inquiry, and active collaboration and exchange amongst artists. S
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
Carnegie Mellon University is one of the few schools that provides a 24 hour access to their start of the art facilities for students. Here students can choose to focus on architecture, art, design, drama, and music. Students will be learning from faculty members who are practicing artists or scholars. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to contribute regular to CMU and Pittsburgh’s creative communities.
Cranbrook Academy of Art
Over in Michigan, the Cranbrook Academy of Art is a great graduate degree-granting institution that offers an intense studio-based experience where artists-in-residence mentor students in art, architecture and design. Art students here blossom at Cranbrook where students can work, live, and play. The community feel at this school gives students a good, creative environment.
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
MICA was founded in 1826 and since then grown into a massive school offering 14 undergraduate studio majors, 2 liberal arts majors, 13 studio concentrations, 5 liberal arts minors, and a wide range of dual degree and 5th year capstone masters programs. The various art options are perfect for creative student looking to find his or her niche in art as well as expanding the creative potential in others. Graduate programs, professional and continuing, and international programs are also offered at MICA.
At Columbia University, they offer a Visual Arts program for undergraduates. Those looking to continue their art education will want to enroll at this university’s Masters’ program for film, theatre, visual arts, and writing. Sound Arts, one of the most unique Columbia programs, is an interdepartmental program that combines the master’s visual arts program with the department of music and computer music center. The Arts Initiative at Columbia University allows Columbia students, faculty, and staff to attend cultural events throughout New York City.