Overview of Boston Schools Offering Art Classes
Boston is home to a variety of schools and programs for aspiring artists, including the three private universities highlighted below. Find out what each university has to offer in terms of course options and programs, and use the table to compare the cost of attending each school. Additional information about other Boston colleges that offer art classes can be found at the bottom of the article.
- Suffolk University is located less than a mile from downtown Boston and offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in art and related disciplines.
- Northeastern University is less than three miles from the downtown area and offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art and a Bachelor of Arts in Art.
- Boston University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through their College of Fine Arts and can be found less than half a mile from the city's downtown.
Comparison of Schools
Use the table below to find key facts about our three featured schools, including undergraduate tuition rates, financial aid for first-year students and acceptance rates. You'll also find out how many students are enrolled at these large, urban universities, which may have an impact on your final decision.
|Suffolk University||Northeastern University||Boston University|
|School Type||Four-year; private, non-profit||Four-year; private, non-profit||Four-year; private, non-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||7,201*||21,489*||33,355*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$37,270*||$49,497*||52,082*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||93%*||75%*||55%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||84%*||27%*||25% *|
|Full-time Student Retention Rate (2016-2017)||77%*||97%*||93%*|
|Graduation Rate (2011 start date)||60%*||87%*||87%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Suffolk University's College of Arts and Sciences offers degree programs in social sciences, natural science, mathematics and the arts. Students can enroll in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in art and design through this college.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Art
The bachelor's program requires students to complete 88 credits in art and general education courses. The program includes courses in drawing, art history, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Students must complete general education courses in areas such as English, mathematics, natural science and literature. Students need to complete a senior thesis in the final semester.
Minor in Fine Arts
In this minor, students will take six courses worth 18 credits. Topics include drawing, lighting, printmaking, 3D design and sculpture. A two-course residency requirement will also be completed.
Master of Arts in Graphic Design
The master's degree program at Suffolk University requires students to complete between 36 and 73 credits to earn the credential, depending on a student's undergraduate major. For example, students may complete the program by completing a minimum of 37 credits if they have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. The program requires coursework in graphic design and a final thesis project, as well as end-of-semester portfolio reviews.
Northeastern University's College of Arts, Media and Design offers 100 areas of study to choose from. These programs combine liberal arts and studio art courses to provide students with broad education experiences.
Bachelor of Arts in Art
The bachelor's degree program in art at Northeastern University requires 129 semester hours in art and university core courses. The program includes coursework in painting, sculpture, figure drawing, art history, photography and animation. The Northeastern University core courses include mathematics, social science, natural science and writing.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art is a collaborative program with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, which is located in Boston about three miles from downtown. Students complete general education, art and design history courses at Northeastern University and studio art courses at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Students must complete 136 semester hours in courses between the two schools to obtain the degree.
Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts
This program requires the completion of 60 credits, a paper and a thesis project. Core requirements include topics like design research methods, research methods in the creative arts, and art and media concepts. Electives include areas like visualization technologies, art criticism, visual culture and contemporary art issues.
Boston University's College of Fine Arts offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in music, theatre and visual arts. The School of Visual Arts offers programs in art education, graphic design, painting and sculpture.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting requires students to complete 132 credits in painting and art prerequisites. Students must also complete courses in science, liberal arts, language, writing and art history to fulfill general education requirements. Courses for the major include drawing, sculpture and painting techniques.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture program requires 132 credits in art, art history and liberal arts courses. Courses for the major include painting, sculpture techniques and drawing. The program also requires students to complete general education courses in science, writing and literature.
Master of Fine Arts in Painting
The Master of Fine Arts in Painting at Boston University requires students to complete 60 credits in courses and seminars. Students in the program create paintings, prints and drawings using a variety of painting techniques. The program also includes student evaluations in the form of group and individual critiques, as well as midyear reviews.
Other School Options
The Boston area offers many additional options for students pursuing education in art. Emmanuel College is located less than four miles from downtown Boston and offers degree programs in art and design. Students may also pursue art education at Massachusetts College of Art and Design or Simmons College , both of which are also located less than four miles from the downtown area.