How to Select a Fine Arts School
Under the fine arts umbrella fall many fields of study, including graphic design, drawing, film, theater, photography, music, creative writing and sculpture, among others. In general, undergraduate fine arts programs leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts or a Master of Fine Arts allow students to select an area of concentration, so prospective students should locate those schools offering programs in their specific field of interest.
Consider the following when seeking a Fine Arts program
- Although the Master of Fine Arts is often the terminal degree, some schools do offer Doctor of Philosophy programs in specific fine arts fields.
- If a student plans on undertaking a studio-intensive program, he or she should make sure the school's facilities offer frequent access.
- It's also useful to keep in mind that many schools are known for specific fine arts programs and may attract professional artists and writers to lecture.
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Programs in the fine arts include, but are not limited to, painting, drawing, graphic design, sculpting and art history. Some of the foundation courses a student can expect are:
- color theory
- 3D form
- survey of computer art
- professional practices
A program that leads to master's degree or a master of fine arts degree is designed to hone specialized skills and may prepare a student for a PhD. Besides intensive studio instruction, a student should count on courses in the following:
- graduate art and technology seminars
- materials investigation
- guided studies
- thesis work
Top Ten Schools with Fine Arts Programs
|California Institute of the Arts||private, not-for-profit, 4 year|
|Carnegie Mellon University||private, not-for-profit, 4 year|
|Columbia University-New York||private, not-for-profit, 4 year|
|Cranbrook Academy of Art||private, not-for-profit, 4 year|
|Maryland Institute College of Art||private, not-for-profit, 4 year|
|Rhode Island School of Design||private, not-for-profit, 4 year|
|School of the Art Institute of Chicago||private, not-for-profit, 4 year|
|University of California-Los Angeles||public, 4 year|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||public, 4 year|
|Yale University||private, not-for-profit, 4 year|