Houston Drawing Classes with School and Program Information

Feb 12, 2019

Houston, TX, Schools with Drawing Classes and Programs

All three of the schools featured below are situated within 12 minutes of downtown Houston and offer programs that include instruction or specializations in drawing. In addition to a summary of the course topics and programs, this resource includes a table with key school statistics and a paragraph about two other schools in the Houston area that offer programs for drawing enthusiasts.

  • Rice University is a small, private not-for-profit school that offers a bachelor's degree program with a studio art track. At 6.3 miles, the university is the farthest from downtown Houston.
  • Texas Southern University is a historically black, public school that offers a bachelor's degree program with a drawing specialization. The closest to the downtown, the university is located 4.9 miles from central Houston.
  • The University of Houston is a much larger, public school that offers a bachelor's degree program in art with an option in drawing, along with undergraduate and graduate programs in graphic communications. This university is located 5.1 miles from downtown Houston.

Comparison of Schools

This table is designed to provide drawing students in Houston with a statistical snapshot of the three universities mentioned above. In addition to school size and selectivity, undergraduates can find information about tuition, financial aid and graduation rates.

Rice University Texas Southern University University of Houston
School Type 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; public 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 7,022* 10,237* 45,364*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $45,608* $9,173 in-state; $21,623 out-of-state* $9,706 in-state; $22,066 out-of-state*
% of Full-Time, Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 69%* 94%* 85%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 16%* 67%* 61%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 97% for full-time students* 57% for full-time students; 29% for part-time students* 85% for full-time students; 61% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (For Students Beginning in 2011) 91%* 23%* 54%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Rice University

At this school, there are approximately seven faculty members in the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts who work specifically with drawing students. Field trips include visits to museums, exhibitions and artist studios within Houston, in addition to possible travel to other art-related locations around the nation.

Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Dramatic Arts - Studio Track

Required drawing classes for this 4-year program are comprised of basic drawing or creative design, in addition to life drawing. Other classes offered include sequential art, studio drawing, monotype and advanced drawing; students also investigate the theory and practice of drawing. Aspiring artists in this program can select electives in art history, theatre, photography and film. Students also take part in a junior field trip and a year-long senior studio.

Texas Southern University

Approximately five instructors teach art classes in this school's Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Art hopefuls choose from seven areas of specialization, including drawing.

Bachelor of Arts in Art - Drawing Specialization

Required classes in this school's 123-credit program include drawing and composition, computer-generated art and design, painting, art history and printmaking. In addition, students complete at least 30 credit hours in their chosen area of specialization, where they can take classes like advanced drawing, digital imaging and advanced life sketching. To earn this degree, a senior exhibition is required, along with an exit examination.

University of Houston

This university's School of Art faculty is comprised of about 25 members. The school encourages interdisciplinary study, and students can take drawing classes through the art and graphic communications programs.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting

This bachelor's program focuses on painting and drawing and the tools that are useful in becoming a successful artist. Visting lectures and crituqes will be a part of this degree. Students will also participate in undergraduate internships. Course requirements in the 120-credit program include topics like printmaking, beginner and intermediate drawing techniques, life drawing and digital media.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Students in this program complete classes in design theory, history, practice and methods. After completing at least 27 hours of fundamental and mid-level classes, fine arts majors take part in a portfolio review for admittance to the next semester. Required classes in this program include drawing, video art, color and design principles. Graphic design software, digital tools and rendering and sketching are also recommended.

Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art - Graphic Design Concentration

A basic understanding of certain undergraduate design topics is needed for this 60-hour program. Students with unrelated bachelor's degrees must complete fundamental classes. Master's candidates identify an area of interest, and a portfolio presentation with documentation of written thesis research is due at the end of each semester. They also complete seminars and courses; graduate-level offerings in drawing include a class in drawing for design and drawing and life drawing studios. A final thesis exhibit, including an oral examination, takes place at the Blaffer Museum.

Other School Options

Houston Baptist University and the University of St. Thomas are smaller, private not-for-profit schools. Bachelor's degree programs in studio art, including drawing classes, are offered at both of these Houston universities.

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