Art School Options in Miami, FL
Those interested in pursuing an education in art have a number of schools to consider in the Miami area. Read about three schools, all of which are less than 25 minutes from downtown. The article has a handy table comparing school information, along with a short section highlighting four other school options located at the end.
- Located 6.2 miles from downtown Miami, Miami Dade College offers continuing education art classes, as well as an Associate in Arts (AA) in Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA).
- Florida International University, which is 8.0 miles from Miami's downtown area, offers a Minor in Art, Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art, BFA in Art and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Arts.
- Barry University is 7.2 miles from downtown Miami and offers a Minor in Art and a BA/BFA in Art with a Studio Art concentration.
Comparison of Schools
Choosing the right college can be tricky. The table below makes it easy to compare important information, such as school type, enrollment numbers, tuition rates and more.
|Miami Dade College||Florida International University||Barry University|
|School Type||Public, 4-year college, primarily associate's||Public, 4-year university||Private, not-for-profit, 4-year university|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||56,001*||56,718*||7,358*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Annual Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$2,838 in-state, $9,661 out-of-state*||$6,556 in-state, $18,954 out-of-state*||$29,850*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||82%*||86%*||99%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions||54%*||85%*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||N/A*||88%*||61%*|
|Graduation Rate (students began 2011)||31% (7% transfer-out rate)*||57% (19% transfer-out rate)*||35% (45% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College has nine campuses. The Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami houses the Department of Arts and Philosophy where studio art courses are offered. Also located at the Wolfson Campus is the New World School of the Arts where programs in visual arts, dance, music and theater are found. The National Association of Schools of Dance, Music, Theater and Art and Design accredits this school.
Continuing Education Art Courses
Individuals can sign up for a broad range of art classes in areas such as art and photography. They can also pursue courses in floral design, fashion and sewing. Each class varies in cost and lasts a few days to a few weeks.
Associate in Arts in Art
This program requires 35 credits of general education coursework, which may include basic art history classes. The remaining 25 credits are earned through elective courses. Students can choose studio classes that focus on different mediums such as painting, metalworking, photography, drawing, sculpture, ceramics or jewelry making.
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Although the New World School of the Arts offers this program, the University of Florida (UF) awards the degree. Therefore, students must apply to UF to gain acceptance into this program. Major areas include drawing, painting, photography, graphic design and sculpture. A senior exhibition concludes the program.
Florida International University (FIU)
FIU's College of Architecture + The Arts contains programs in architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, theatre, music, communication arts and art + art history. The Art + Art History Department has 23 full-time faculty members, 25 part-time faculty members and two visiting faculty members.
Minor in Art
To earn a minor in art, students must complete 18 credits of classes. A basic drawing class and an art history course are required. The remaining four classes are fulfilled by studio art electives in areas of each student's choosing.
Bachelor of Arts in Art
This 120-credit-hour program is geared toward individuals who want to teach K-12 students or work in other art-related careers instead of becoming professional artists. Students can take classes that cover art genres, art history, design and basic drawing. They also choose two studio art electives.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art
Students can enhance their artistic capabilities through this 120-credit-hour program. The main difference between the curricula of this BFA program and the BA program is that the BFA requires students to complete a thesis, which culminates in an exhibition. Students complete art history, design and studio art classes. They also take studio art classes, which may focus on painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and/or metals, among others.
Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts
This 60-credit MFA program leads to a terminal degree for professional artists. A BA or BFA degree and a portfolio are necessary to gain admission. The majority of the coursework pertains to each student's chosen studio art specialty; however, students must also complete a seminar, a visual arts analysis course and art history classes. Students must participate in a first-year review where faculty will determine whether students will continue in the program. Students also are required to publicly exhibit their works prior to graduation.
Through Barry University's Department of Fine Arts, students can find programs in art, photography, music and theatre. Classes within Barry's art programs have a student-to-teacher ratio of about 15-to-1.
Minor in Studio Art
Students must complete enough classes to earn 21 credits. A few required courses are necessary for all students, including fundamental painting and drawing courses, a 2-D design course and a color theory class. Students also can select elective courses covering topics like digital photography, pottery, sculpture, collage, graphic design and painting.
Bachelor of Arts in Art/Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with a Concentration in Studio Art
The BA program requires fewer credits of major-related coursework than the BFA program; the BA option requires 39 major-related credits, while the BFA requires 60. Students in both programs complete the same core requirements, such as art history, beginning drawing, 3-D design and color theory. However, BFA students complete additional electives in painting and drawing, art and art history. Barry also offers a 60 credit BFA in graphic design as well as a BA in art history.
Other School Options
Miami and its surrounding cities offer several other options for students interested in enrolling in art programs and classes. Individuals interested in creating commercial art can find a program at the Lindsey Hopkins Technical College. About eight miles from Miami in Coral Gables, the University of Miami has bachelor's and master's programs in art and various art specialties. Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, which is located approximately 17 miles from Miami, offers a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design program. Also in Fort Lauderdale, Broward College has associate's degree programs in art-related areas.