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Art School Accreditation

Accreditation.  If you don't find the magical word even after scouring through the school's information, you should immediately be on the alert.   Accreditation is one of the first things you should be looking for as you research a particular art school, and for the majority of prospective students, the stamp of accreditation can make or break a school for them. We can proudly state that all of our listed schools are accredited, but you may be asking yourself what exactly this means and why accreditation is so important.

WHAT IS ACCREDITATION?

Accreditation is awarded to a school after thorough examination by an outside agency has proven that its curriculum meets certain quality standards. Not only does an art school have to pass this mark to attain the coveted status of accreditation, but it has to do so repeatedly. Regular review cycles by accreditation boards keep colleges on their toes by checking to ensure that the initials standards are more than just met; they must be improved on as advances are made in the arts. Choosing an accredited school means that, outside of any other factors, you've enrolled yourself into an institution that guarantees a certain standard of education--and that's a comforting bit of knowledge when you're paying to put yourself through art school.

WHO AWARDS ACCREDITATION?

Highest up in the accreditation hierarchy is the U.S. Department of Education. This national federal organization doesn't do the dirty work of wading through all the examinations itself, but it is the one that determines which agencies can. There is a list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies that the Secretary of Education draws up each year, and among these are both national and regional accreditors. Both types are independent commissions and work on the basis of peer review, where members or a board with expertise in the relevant area makes the decision about the colleges in question.

WHAT DOES ACCREDITATION MEAN TO ME?

It's more than just the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing that your school gets the word "accredited" slapped on to its name; accreditation has very practical applications to art students. Accreditation's benefits begin with the quality assurance of the classes that you enroll in, extend to the financial aid that students of many unaccredited institutions are ineligible for, and finally follow you out of your college. If you look to pursuing further studies in the arts, having the stamp of accreditation makes it that much easier for you to apply for a graduate program. Many schools will only accept credits and degrees earned from other accredited programs, and this rule applies for both transfers and continuing advanced studies. The subject gets a little more complex when considering regionally and nationally accredited art schools, because the regional ones are sometimes less eager to accept credits from a school outside their area. Still, the process is significantly easier than the other possibility-trying to move from an unaccredited program to an accredited school. It doesn't completely bar your pathway, but most accredited schools will treat you differently and impose requirements beyond the normal level.

Accreditation is a status that gives your prospective college a significant boost in the educational world. Its usefulness is undeniable, and it can make the often-bumpy road of attending an art school that much smoother. While lack of accreditation doesn't have to stop you if you've got your heart set on a certain unaccredited school, it's still the best check to run if you're still open to options. Worried about not being able to tell accredited art schools from the rest of the pack? All of the members of Find Your Art School's directory or art schools are fully accredited!





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Vatterott College - Springfield CAD, Drafting Two-year school Springfield, MO 609 City Private
Ivy Tech Community College - Wabash Valley Graphic Design Two-year school Terre Haute, IN 5857 Suburb Public
City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College Architecture | CAD, Drafting Two-year school Chicago, IL 12866 City Public
Dakota Wesleyan University Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Mitchell, SD 763 Town/Rural Private
Catawba College Arts Management | Performing Arts Four-year school Salisbury, NC 1358 Town/Rural Private
Illinois Center for Broadcasting - Chicago Campus Audio Production | Film, Video, TV Less than two years Chicago, IL N/A City Private
Howard Community College Advertising | Arts Management | Photography Two-year school Columbia, MD 8778 Suburb Public
Bradford School Graphic Design Two-year school Columbus, OH 657 Suburb Private
Emporia State University Performing Arts Four-year school Emporia, KS 6314 Town/Rural Public
Terra State Community College Advertising | Animation | Architecture | Arts Management | Audio Production | CAD, Drafting | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Game Design | Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Fremont, OH 3152 Town/Rural Public
Eastern Kentucky University Advertising | Audio Production | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Film, Video, TV Four-year school Richmond, KY 16268 Town/Rural Public
Boston University Advertising | Arts Management | Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Graphic Design | Performing Arts Four-year school Boston, MA 31960 City Private
NorthWest Arkansas Community College Advertising | Graphic Design Two-year school Bentonville, AR 8006 City Public
Triton College Architecture | CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design | Interior Design | Web Design & New Media Two-year school River Grove, IL 15706 Suburb Public
Friends University Arts Management | Performing Arts Four-year school Wichita, KS 2853 City Private
Los Angeles Recording School Audio Production Less than two years Hollywood, CA 507 City Private
Texarkana College Performing Arts Two-year school Texarkana, TX 5018 City Public
University of Akron Main Campus Advertising | Arts Management | Audio Production | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Film, Video, TV | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Photography | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Akron, OH 25959 City Public
ITT Technical Institute - Harrisburg CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Harrisburg, PA 403 Suburb Private
Georgia State University Film, Video, TV | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Illustration | Performing Arts Four-year school Atlanta, GA 30427 City Public
Missouri Southern State University CAD, Drafting | Performing Arts Four-year school Joplin, MO 5701 City Public
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Architecture | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Graphic Design | Landscape Architecture | Performing Arts Four-year school Pomona, CA 22273 City Public
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Advertising | Performing Arts Four-year school Edinboro, PA 8286 Town/Rural Public
Delaware State University Advertising | Arts Management | Audio Production | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Film, Video, TV Four-year school Dover, DE 3609 City Public
County College of Morris Audio Production | CAD, Drafting | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Graphic Design | Photography | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Randolph, NJ 8798 Suburb Public
ITT Technical Institute - Springfield CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Springfield, VA 897 Suburb Private
Mount Wachusett Community College Animation | Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Gardner, MA 4761 Town/Rural Public
ITT Technical Institute - Houston West CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design Four-year school Houston, TX 622 City Private
ITT Technical Institute - Baton Rouge CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Baton Rouge, LA 493 Town/Rural Private
North Shore Community College CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Danvers, MA 7968 Suburb Public
University of Phoenix - Maryland Campus Web Design & New Media Four-year school Columbia, MD 794 Suburb Private
Norwalk Community College Advertising | Architecture | Graphic Design | Interior Design Two-year school Norwalk, CT 6685 City Public
American InterContinental University - Houston Graphic Design Four-year school Houston, TX 514 City Private
The College of New Rochelle Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Performing Arts Four-year school New Rochelle, NY 4859 Suburb Private
New Mexico State University - Grants Animation | Game Design | Visual Effects Two-year school Grants, NM 1478 Town/Rural Public
LA College International Graphic Design Four-year school Los Angeles, CA 589 City Private
American Academy of Art Advertising | Animation | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Game Design | Illustration | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Chicago, IL 400 City Private
ITT Technical Institute - Columbus CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design Four-year school Columbus, OH 283 City Private
Saint Peter's College Fine Art, Drawing, Painting Four-year school Jersey City, NJ 3122 Suburb Private
Dillard University Arts Management | Performing Arts Four-year school New Orleans, LA 1011 City Private
Toccoa Falls College Performing Arts Four-year school Toccoa Falls, GA 816 Town/Rural Private
American Career Institute - Framingham Animation | Game Design | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Less than two years Framingham, MA N/A City Private
Sullivan College of Technology and Design Animation | Architecture | CAD, Drafting | Interior Design | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Louisville, KY 630 Suburb Private
Hiram College Film, Video, TV | Performing Arts Four-year school Hiram, OH 1395 Town/Rural Private
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology Animation | Visual Effects Four-year school Flushing, NY 1310 City Private
SUNY College at Potsdam Arts Management | Performing Arts Four-year school Potsdam, NY 4299 Town/Rural Public
Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center Graphic Design Less than two years Johnstown, PA N/A Suburb Public
University of Central Arkansas Advertising | Film, Video, TV | Interior Design | Performing Arts Four-year school Conway, AR 11781 Town/Rural Public
Gateway Community College CAD, Drafting | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Web Design & New Media Two-year school New Haven, CT 6847 City Public
Northwestern University Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Performing Arts | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Evanston, IL 19853 City Private



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