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Art Classes in Connecticut with Degree Program Overviews

Connecticut has roughly 25 schools that offer art programs. Learn about the classes, tuition info and program options for ten of the largest schools to make an informed education decision.

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Essential Information

Aspiring artists in CT have a multitude of educational options covering a wide range of artistic disciplines. In Connecticut, students may find art classes within art programs offered by schools throughout the state. Programs lead to the award of certificates, associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees in a range of sub-fields and disciplines. Admission requirements to such fine arts programs may include a portfolio in order to gauge a students's natural talent. Many art programs include the opportunity to show students' work, such as through exhibitions. Graduate students may need to complete a thesis.

The programs summarized below are available at ten of the largest public or private not-for-profit schools in the state.


Central Connecticut State University

New Britain-based CCSU requires students to sequentially complete core art classes and pass a portfolio review before progressing to upper-level training in its bachelor's program. Required classes, provided by a faculty of approximately 12 members, include art history, design, drawing, sculpture and modern art. Student works are exhibited in the galleries at the Samuel S.T. Chen Fine Arts Building.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Art
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $8,321 in-state; $19,353 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large suburb

Gateway Community College

Located in New Haven, this community college offers a 2-year degree program that requires students to compile a portfolio and exhibit their work. Core and elective classes include color theory, drawing, sculpture, photography, painting, digital video art, art history and more. This program also has a graphic design option.

  • Programs Offered: Associate in Science in Studio Art
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,598 in-state; $10,754 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; midsized city

Manchester Community College

Manchester's MCC has an associate's program in visual fine arts that can prepare students for transfer or a job search. Both academics and working artists teach courses covering areas like drawing, painting, sculpture, design, printmaking, ceramics, photography, art history and portfolio development. A photography option is also available.

  • Programs Offered: Associate of Arts in Visual Fine Arts
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,598 in-state; $10,464 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large suburb

Naugatuck Valley Community College

Situated in Waterbury, this 2-year school has certificate and associate's programs for aspiring artists. Students who opt for the 27-credit certificate program take classes in art appreciation, drawing, painting and design, in addition to creating portfolios of artwork. Associate's degree students receive instruction in the methodologies included in the certificate program, along with completing classes in art history, pottery, digital arts and graphic design.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate in Visual Arts/Studio Arts,
    Associate of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts: Visual Arts
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,618*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; midsized suburb

Southern Connecticut State University

New Haven's SCSU offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs in studio art, with concentrations available in areas such as painting, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, photography, jewelry/metals and printmaking. The B.S. is more studio intensive, while the B.A. provides a stronger foundation in the liberal arts. Also offered is a bachelor's program in art history, requiring a studio arts class, humanities electives and foreign language study, in addition to classes exploring art in various cultures and historical periods. This school's art faculty of approximately 16 includes members who have exhibition experience.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art,
    Bachelor of Science in Studio Art,
    Bachelor of Arts in Art History
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $8,570 in-state; $19,573 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; midsized city

University of Connecticut

Storrs-based University of Connecticut requires a portfolio review for admission to the studio art bachelor's program, in which students complete classes in art history and their chosen concentration, such as painting, illustration, photography, sculpture or printmaking. A bachelor's program with a major in art history is also available.

A selective, 2-year master's program is offered in studio art, requiring exhibitions at the school's William Benton Museum of Art and in a New York City gallery. Students also complete a project thesis paper. In addition, a 2-year, full-time master's program is available in art history. This school's award-winning art faculty has both teaching and research experience.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art,
    Bachelor of Arts in Art History,
    Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art,
    Master of Arts in Art History
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $11,242 in-state; $29,074 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; fringe town

University of Hartford

West Hartford's University of Hartford offers bachelor's programs in eight fine arts disciplines and art history. Bachelor of Fine Arts programs are offered in illustration, ceramics, painting/drawing, media arts, printmaking, photography, visual communication design and sculpture.

A 21-credit post-baccalaureate certificate in art history is available for students who plan to pursue graduate studies in the discipline. Master's programs in photography or illustration are available to working artists. Works of students and professional artists are exhibited in the school's Joseloff and Silpe galleries.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics, Illustration, Media Arts, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture or Visual Communication Design,
    Bachelor of Arts in Art History,
    Certificate in Art History,
    Master of Fine Arts in Photography or Illustration
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $32,172*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; small city

University of New Haven

Located in West Haven, this school's bachelor's program requires classes in design, drawing, museum studies, painting, digital photography, art history, sculpture and printmaking. Concentrations in museum studies and digital art and design also are available. Student works are exhibited in the school's Seton Gallery. The Visual Arts Department employs four faculty members.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Art
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $32,750*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb

Western Connecticut State University

Danbury's WCSU offers a bachelor's program with options in studio art, photography, illustration and graphic design. Courses are taught by six full-time faculty members and approximately 23 adjuncts. Students in all program options compile portfolios and complete core classes in art history, design, color, drawing, photography, etching, lithography and production processes. Master's degrees in illustration or painting are available for practicing artists.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Art,
    Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $8,440 in-state; $19,472 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; small city

Yale University

Located in New Haven, this Ivy League school requires a sophomore review of completed studio work for admittance into the art major. Art students complete classes delivered by professors, lecturers and critics in drawing, critical theory and art history, in addition to concentration area courses. The School of Art has a 2-year master's program with options in sculpture, painting/printmaking, graphic design and photography. A positive faculty review is necessary at the end of each term for program progression.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Art,
    Master of Fine Arts in Art
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $42,300*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; midsized city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Art Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)
Central Connecticut State University 4-year, public; large suburb Bachelor of Arts in Art $8,321 in-state;
$19,353 out-of-state*
Gateway Community College 2-year, public; midsized city Associate in Science in Studio Art $3,598 in-state;
$10,754 out-of-state*
Manchester Community College 2-year, public; large suburb Associate of Arts in Visual Fine Arts $3,598 in-state;
$10,464 out-of-state*
Naugatuck Valley Community College 2-year, public; midsized suburb Certificate in Visual Arts/Studio Arts,
Associate of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts: Visual Arts
$3,618*
Southern Connecticut State University 4-year, public; midsized city Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art,
Bachelor of Science in Studio Art,
Bachelor of Arts in Art History
$8,570 in-state;
$19,573 out-of-state*
University of Connecticut 4-year, public; fringe town Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art,
Bachelor of Arts in Art History,
Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art,
Master of Arts in Art History
$11,242 in-state;
$29,074 out-of-state*
University of Hartford 4-year, private not-for-profit; small city Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics, Illustration, Media Arts, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture or Visual Communication Design,
Bachelor of Arts in Art History,
Certificate in Art History,
Master of Fine Arts in Photography or Illustration
$32,172*
University of New Haven 4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb Bachelor of Arts in Art $32,750*
Western Connecticut State University 4-year, public; small city Bachelor of Arts in Art,
Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts
$8,440 in-state;
$19,472 out-of-state*
Yale University 4-year, private not-for-profit; midsized city Bachelor of Arts in Art,
Master of Fine Arts in Art
$42,300*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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