Drawing Classes in Washington, DC with Course Descriptions

There are several schools within five miles of Washington, DC, that have drawing courses. Read an overview of three schools' art programs, requirements, and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Washington, DC, Schools with Drawing Classes

Art students in the nation's capital who are especially interested in drawing can find programs at an art and design school, a private university and a community college. Read summaries of the schools and their drawing programs below, and check out the accompanying table, which includes a number of key school statistics. At the end of the resource, you'll also find a paragraph about other schools in the Washington, DC, area that offer classes for drawing students.

  • Located 1.8 miles from the downtown, The George Washington University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts, through which students can focus their studies on drawing topics. The programs can lead to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Fine Arts or a Master of Fine Arts (MFA); an undergraduate minor is also available. With the recent addition of the Corcoran School of Art and Design to GW, many art programs have been added to the GW art family including the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Fine Arts at the Corcoran location.
  • The University of the District of Columbia, located 5.4 miles from the downtown, offers an interdisciplinary program for art students who want to become adept in several fields. Graduates leave with a Bachelor of Arts.

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Comparison of Schools

As noted on the table below, student enrollments, undergraduate tuition, retention of first-year students and graduation rates vary widely among the three featured schools. The George Washington University may be rather selective, however, the University of the District of Columbia has open admissions.

The George Washington University University of the District of Columbia
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2014) 25,613* 4,803*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $50,435* $5,251 in-state; $11,233 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 69%* 90%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 44%* N/A - open admissions
Retention Rate (2014) 93% full-time; 63% part-time* 52% full-time; 31% part-time*
Graduation Rate (2011) 79%* 13%*

Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.

The George Washington University

This university offers three programs in the fine arts. All of the programs can be tailored to fit students' needs and allow for a specialization in drawing. Applicants to the graduate program need an undergraduate degree and a portfolio.

Minor in Fine Arts

Undergraduates pursuing the minor must take 18 credit hours of coursework. Those interested primarily in drawing can discuss their course choices with their advisors. The college offers several classes in drawing and related subjects like painting or color theory.

BA in Fine Arts

Students in this program take mandatory courses in fine arts and art history. In addition to interdisciplinary training in the visual arts, undergraduates can specialize in drawing. Topics covered include the traditional and contemporary techniques used in drawing and conceptual art. Students also learn about advanced approaches to drawing, as well as explore a variety of special topics. Other courses in structure, color, and figure painting can also provide relevant training in the arts.

BFA in Fine Art with a Concentration in Painting and Drawing

This program takes an interdisciplinary approach to the fine arts and includes instruction in contemporary art techniques. Through a specialization in drawing, students explore medium and materials, drawing strategies, and intermediate painting. They also learn about comics, cartoons, and watercolor painting. Other courses in this track include advanced and studio painting.

MFA in Fine Arts

This program takes two years to complete, during which time, graduate students have access to their own studio space to create original and collaborative works. They also participate in contemporary art seminars and critiques; some courses may include special topics in drawing and advanced drawing techniques. MFA candidates also develop their critical thinking and analytical skills as they pertain to drawing. Each student is required to complete a thesis project.

University of the District of Columbia

This university offers one undergraduate program that focuses on drawing, photography, sculpture, painting, and design. Because of general nature this program, students may qualify for a variety of jobs in the fine arts.

BA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art

Students in this program take courses in design, visual thinking, printmaking, and art history. Specific drawing courses include topics in introductory, figure and advanced drawing, as well as illustration techniques. Students also take electives in studio art.

Other School Options

Hearing-impaired students can find drawing courses at Gallaudet University, located 2.1 miles away from the downtown area. Catholic University of America, located 2.8 miles away from the downtown, also offers drawing courses. An additional option is Trinity Washington University, which is located 3.0 miles away from the downtown and offers electives in the fine arts, including drawing.

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