While Delaware has about 20 postsecondary and vocational schools, just six of these public and private institutions offer programs and courses in art. Degree programs include those in, among other fields of study, design, fine arts or new media. Students may earn associate's, bachelor's, or master's degrees in the field, as well as certificates. Individual courses can also be found at schools that offer degrees in general or liberal studies.
Art programs may ask that applicants provide a portfolio of their work to determine talent. Many art programs include student showcases, exhibitions, and other opportunities for students to receive feedback on their work. Some programs facilitate the development of a portfolio while in school and others mandate a thesis or senior project.
The six schools profiled below include an art college and five public and private (not-for-profit) colleges and universities. Students will also find a comparison table with a summary of program offerings and tuition.
Delaware College of Art and Design
Located in Wilmington, this 2-year school offers six different associate's programs to over 200 students, and it is the only school on the list accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Each degree requires at least 68 credits to complete, and includes 43-46 credits of core studio work and 24-25 credits in the liberal arts.
All students in the animation, fine arts, graphic design and illustration programs take core courses in 2-D, 3-D and 4-D studies, art history and drawing. Aspiring animation artists also learn how to use current software applications and pursue more specialized training in digital video and storyboarding. Both the graphic design and illustration majors include classes in photography and typography, while undergraduates pursuing a degree in the fine arts have the opportunity to explore painting, printmaking and mixed media.
Drawing and painting courses are also available through the 3-semester Art and Design Certificate program. Non-credit and for-credit fine arts classes can also be found through the college's continuing education division ($80 to $675).
Delaware State University
Dover's Delaware State University is home to over 4,100 students, and art courses are available through the undergraduate programs in studio art, art education and arts management. Departmental features include up-to-date equipment and studios, as well as a gallery for faculty and student exhibitions.
Studio art majors have the chance to become proficient in a variety of different media, such as ceramics, computer graphics, painting and sculpture. Senior-year requirements are substantial and include a student exhibition with an accompanying slide registry, a thesis and an oral presentation.
The university offers the only undergraduate, art education program in the state (K-12), and the requirements include training in the studio arts and 12 weeks of student teaching. Future arts management professionals complete internships with community organizations and galleries, and the program can help them acquire the skills they need to work in art dealerships, museums or other related organizations.
Delaware Technical Community College - Terry
Delaware Technical Community College is a multi-site school, and the 2-year advertising design and multimedia programs are available at the Terry Campus in Dover. Both require 68 credits to complete, and the core curricula are nearly identical.
During the first year, students begin a computer graphics sequence and pursue core topics in, among other areas, color and composition, art history, drawing and typography. In the second year, they also study print production processes and project management, while developing a portfolio and learning about self-promotion.
Unique to the advertising design curriculum is a course in illustration. Students in the multimedia program receive training in multimedia authoring and videography.
University of Delaware
Established in 1833, the University of Delaware is located halfway between Philadelphia and Baltimore in Newark. The Department of Art offers three undergraduate degrees, an art minor and a graduate program in studio art.
The 124-credit Bachelor of Arts in Art curriculum includes an 18-credit foundation in drawing, design and digital media, as well as 24 credits in art history and outside electives. Students can also pursue a 12-credit concentration in ceramics, sculpture, painting, printmaking or photography.
The university also offers Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in fine arts and visual communications, and both courses of study culminate in a student exhibition. In addition to courses in design and typography, visual communication majors can take electives in art technology, book arts or multimedia drawing.
At the graduate level, the 60-credit Master of Fine Arts program combines classes in art criticism, theory and research with studio work. Degree requirements also include a paper and an art exhibition.
Although Wesley College in Dover does not offer an undergraduate degree in art, it does allow students to pursue minors in art or studio art.
A total of 18 credits are required for the studio art minor, and the requirements include five courses in drawing and design. Wesley also offers small number of lower-level art courses in painting, printmaking and watercolor.
New Castle's Wilmington University has an associate's program in media art, and students may be able to apply art classes to both the 2- and 4-year programs in general studies. Requirements for the media arts degree include courses in art and design history, design fundamentals and film aesthetics. Students also take 15 credits of design electives and choose from among 30 different courses in animation, color theory, digital drawing and graphic arts.
Additional programs include an Associate of Arts in General Studies with 18 credits of free electives, as well as a Bachelor of Science in General Studies with 56-57 credits of electives. The 12 undergraduate art courses that may be used to fulfill the requirements include studies in art history, drawing, illustration and watercolor painting. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program in Media Design must also take a course in drawing.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Art Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-19)|
|Delaware College of Art and Design||2-year, private not-for-profit; small city||Certificate in Art and Design,
Associate of Fine Arts (animation, fine arts, graphic design or illustration),
|$25,710 (all students)*|
|Delaware State University||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Arts (art education or studio art)||$7,868 (in-state);
|Delaware Technical Community College - Terry||2-year, public; small city||Associate of Arts (advertising design or multimedia)||$4,904 (in-state);
|University of Delaware||4-year, public; large suburb||Minor in Art,
Bachelor of Arts in Art,
Bachelor of Fine Arts (fine arts or visual communications),
Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art
$33,678 (graduate tuition and fees)*
|Wesley College||4-year, private not-for profit; small city||Minor in Art,
Minor in Studio Art
|Wilmington University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Associate of Science in Media Art, Design and Technology||$11,210*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator