Drawing Classes in Austin, TX with School Overviews

There are several schools within five miles of downtown Austin, TX, that offer drawing classes. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements and admissions policies and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Austin, TX, Schools with Drawing Classes

Drawing students in Austin, TX, can find classes at two public and one private school, which are summarized in the paragraphs below. Degree-seeking undergraduates can earn an Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). Graduate programs culminate in a Master of Fine Arts (MFA). In addition to the program summaries, the following resource includes a school comparison table and a section with other school options.

  • Austin Community College District offers continuing education courses in drawing, as well as an associate's degree in art that incorporates drawing classes. This college is located 6.8 miles from downtown Austin.
  • Saint Edward's University, located 2.8 miles from Austin's downtown, offers a bachelor's degree in art, through which students take courses in drawing.
  • Students at the University of Texas at Austin can study drawing through the school's BA and BFA programs or obtain an MFA in Studio Art with a focus in drawing and painting. At 1.7 miles, the university is the closest of the three featured schools to downtown Austin.

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Comparison of Schools

Aspiring artists who are specifically interested in improving their drawing skills can use the following table to decide which of the three schools included in this article is best suited to their education budget. In includes a number of key statistics, such as those related to acceptance and retention rates.

Austin Community College District Saint Edward's University The University of Texas at Austin
School Type 2-year, public community college 4-year, private not-for-profit university 4-year, public university
Total Enrollment (2014) 40,949 4,686 51,313
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $2,550 in-district; $9,210 in-state; $11,340 out-of-state $38,720 $9,806 in-state; $34,676 out-of-state
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 47% 92% 63%
Acceptance Rate (2012) N/A - open admissions 78% 40%
Retention Rate (2013-2014) 56% for full-time students; 45% for part-time students 83% for full-time students 94% for full-time students; 80% for part-time students
Graduation Rate 8%; 30% transfer-out rate (for students who started in 2011) 67%; 27% transfer-out rate (for students who started in 2008) 81% (for students who started in 2008)
Distance from Downtown (Driving Time) 4.7 mi. (12 min.) 3.4 mi. (12 min.) 1.3 mi. (7 min.)

Source: NCES College Navigator.

Austin Community College District

This community college has an associate's degree program in art. It also offers continuing education, non-credit courses in drawing.

Associate of Arts in Art

This 2-year liberal arts program includes both general education and visual communication coursework. Students take basic and life drawing, art history, digital art and design courses. Specific topics in drawing include rendering the human form, architectural subjects, landscapes and still lifes. Students also learn how to depict light and shade with pen and ink, charcoal and pencil.

Continuing Education Program

This program is targeted towards students who are looking to pick up a hobby or develop their artistic skills. Currently, the school offers several courses in drawing and design for beginning and intermediate artists. Students can also take courses in painting and a variety of other arts and craft areas.

Saint Edward's University

The bachelor's degree program at this university provides a general foundation in drawing, art history and design. Students participate in a senior art exhibition that gives them practical experience working for an art show.

Bachelor of Arts in Art

Students in the BA program explore sculpture, painting, printmaking and drawing. They also take courses in art history, color, design and art exhibition techniques. Courses specific to drawing include life drawing and advanced drawing. All students must complete a portfolio review.

University of Texas at Austin

This university offers two undergraduate programs in studio art. It also has a graduate degree program for students who want to further develop their artistic skills. In order to be accepted to the Master of Fine Arts program, students must submit a portfolio and attend an interview.

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art

As a liberal arts program, the BA in Studio Art is not meant to provide pre-professional training. Once enrolled, students take 30 credit hours of studio coursework. Requirements include basic courses in drawing, digital and multimedia art, as well as 2-D and 3-D art forms. The balance of the program consists of general education units and other courses outside the major.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

The BFA program is designed for those who want to become professional artists. The curriculum is comprised of 60 hours of studio art courses, through which students can specialize in painting and drawing. Requirements include courses in studio art, art history and fine art.

Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art

Graduate students in this 2-year program can focus on painting and drawing. Once accepted, they work with other students and faculty members in a collaborative creative environment and participate in critiques, essays, oral examinations and seminars. They also write a report and participate in an exhibition.

Other School Options

Drawing courses are also available at Texas State University - San Marcos, located 30.8 miles south of Austin, and at Southwestern University, located 29.6 miles north of Austin in Georgetown, TX.

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