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Top Ten Art Schools
Top 10 Art Schools
If you're looking to attend an art college and can't decide where to go, this list of Top 10 Art Schools will be your guide.
For now, I am including mostly east coast schools, because that is what I am familiar with. However, at the bottom of this lens is a module that will allow you to make suggestions for your favorite art schools, anywhere in the world!
Is Art School right for me?
You may be asking yourself this question. And it isn't a decision to take lightly. Many people suffer from the misconception that art school equals easy grades. It doesn't. It's hard work, just like any other college, and you have to take your talent seriously in order to excel in your classes.
Here's some questions to ask yourself and things to consider before applying to any school.
1.) Do you have a portfolio?
While not all art schools require a portfolio for acceptance, many do, and you will need to have yours complete, presentable, and ready to be critiqued. There are many resources for helping you get your portfolio together, THIS is an excellent resource.
2.) Do you want to go to school in your home state, or a different state?
This decision can impact your tuition costs. Many schools charge more in tuition if you have not been a resident of the state for a year. Keep that in mind when looking at out of state schools. Also keep in mind that you should visit the school and spend some time there before making your decision. You don't want to spend a ton of money on tuition and travel only to get there and realize you hate it. So make a plan to visit for more than just a day!
3.) Can you take criticism?
If you get upset when someone offers their casual opinion about you, your clothes, your art, or anything about you, then art school, and quite possibly, being an artist, isn't going to be right for you. Having a thick skin and the ability to take criticism and turn it around to positive change is necessary for surviving art school. Anyone who has been through an art class critique will tell you that a small percentage of the students will leave the room in tears because they can't handle having their artwork deconstructed and analyzed. You must be willing to take the heat, or you'll never be able to stay in the kitchen.
4.) Are you willing to practice every day?
While some may be born with artistic talent, if you don't use it, you lose it. And when you are studying art, it is vital that you keep your newly learned skills honed. You have to be able to draw, paint, sculpt, or design every day with no excuses!
Remember, art school is NOT an "Easy A" degree. You have to be committed and be able to handle tough critiques. If you can really devote yourself to learning new techniques and developing your skills as an artist, you will excel in art school!
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The Top 10 Art Schools
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is the birthplace of American art and an incubator for artistic expression. As the country's first fine arts school and museum, PAFA trains many great artists and is home to one of the most important collecti
- THE ART INSTITUTE OF BOSTON | Let's wake up the world
The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University is a college of visual arts, located in the student-friendly Kenmore/Fenway area of Boston.
- Moore College of Art & Design - Home
Moore College of Art & Design is the first and only women's art school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Moore offers nine BFA programs in Art Education, Art History, Curatorial Studies, Fashion Design, Fine Art, Interior Design, Illustratio
- RISD - Rhode Island School of Design
a fine arts and design college located in Providence, Rhode Island. It was founded in 1877. Located at the base of College Hill, the RISD campus is contiguous with the Brown University campus. The two institutions share social, academic, and communit
- Massachusetts College of Art and Design
BORN OF A PIONEERING SPIRIT, MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN IS THE NATION'S FIRST INDEPENDENT PUBLIC COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN-AND THE FIRST ART SCHOOL TO GRANT A DEGREE. MassArt's founders dared to imagine a better future for the Commonweal
- SAIC - School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Internationally esteemed as a school of art and design, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers a comprehensive college education centered in the visual and related arts.
- School of the Museum of Fine Arts
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- Cooper Union NYC
Cooper is considered to be one of the most prestigious colleges in the United States, with all three of its member schools consistently ranked among the highest in the country.
- Lyme Academy
The Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is a unique art college, distinguished amongst art schools and colleges in New England for its contemporary focus on the traditions and history of representational and figurative art. The college is now offering
- New York Academy of Art
offers instruction in figurative arts and art history. The school provides continuing-education opportunities as well as a degree-path curriculum. On successful completion of a two-year program, it bestows on qualified students the Master of Fine