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Art School Rankings

Art school rankings are oftentimes the first source of information that an aspiring student goes to. People love lists, after all-they quantify and organize all the mess and confusion of comparison, streamlining hundreds of schools into clean numbers and orderly lists. Yet there are so many of them out there nowadays, and it seems that every conceivable organization releases a new one each week. So which art school rankings should you put your faith in?

The answer is none. Well, at least, not absolutely. While the convenience that art school rankings provide is appealing, the fact remains that you shouldn't take their words (and numbers) as the final say. Creators of the lists try to weight in factors such as graduation rate, retention rate, faculty-student ratio, graduate or postgraduate school acceptance rate, faculty, financial aid, and a whole host of other variables that seem very important-but that's a lot of "rates," isn't it? And in the end, those rates, those numbers, may not be what matter the most to you. What about the student body, for example, or the weather, or whether or not there's a place to get a good burrito near campus? These are all extremely personal factors that vary from student to student, and, try as they might, ranking lists simply aren't able to take them into consideration.

Yet these lists live on because, though they aren't the end-all solution to choosing your ideal art school, they can help you along the way. While the fact that School A is #8 and School B is #12 shouldn't make your decision for you if you're struggling to choose between the two, you might still note that School A consistently places among the top ten for architecture students. You can glean a good deal of information about the way that your school is perceived by the world at large, which can affect the value that future employers place on a diploma from said college.

"Somewhere in the world is the world's worst doctor. And someone has an appointment with him tomorrow." - George Carlin
George had a point about that - somewhere there IS the worst doctor. What makes that person so bad? Probably has to do with education. Find Your Art School is in the business of helping you find the best education for you. Going to one of the best photography degree programs will pay off in dividends within 5 years, as you'll start in a position that has more upside. We know the top interior design classes are not always the ones you were expecting, and that the best fashion design colleges to go to if you want more art schools than trade schools. We can tell you what to consider about location when it comes to our list of top film degree programs. We've dated and had long, messy break-ups with people in both California fashion schools and best graphic design schools. Location plays a surprising role for the top performing arts colleges. What does it take to get into the best architecture degree programs? Gaming designers are the new rock stars. Go to one of the top game design schools and be at the top of the game.

Rankings are a way to keep colleges honest as well. Lower ranked institutions might be willing to spend a bit more on student supplies and facilities if they think it'll help them move up the list, and a higher ranked one might take the areas for which they've received to most praise and try to improve them even further. It's the kind of behind-the-scenes struggle that benefits the student in most cases.

With those words of warning, take art school rankings with a grain of salt. But you should still take a look at them. Here we've picked out some of the most reliable and most popular.

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Hopefully, a quick look into some of the ranking trends and consistent top-placing art schools will have given you a general feel for what education opportunities are out there for you. Now it's time to really roll up your sleeves and starting taking an in-depth look into individual institutions, and what better way than to request information directly from the schools and see what they have to say in their own defense?





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Hampden - Sydney College Fine Art, Drawing, Painting Four-year school Hampden-Sydney, VA 1068 Town/Rural Private
ITT Technical Institute - Corona CAD, Drafting Four-year school Corona, CA N/A Town/Rural Private
Millikin University Advertising | Performing Arts Four-year school Decatur, IL 2314 City Private
Three Rivers Community College Web Design & New Media Two-year school Poplar Bluff, MO 3527 Town/Rural Public
Concordia University - Wisconsin Advertising | Graphic Design | Illustration | Interior Design | Performing Arts | Photography | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Mequon, WI 7178 Town/Rural Private
American College of Technology Web Design & New Media Two-year school Saint Joseph, MO N/A City Private
Northwood University - Texas Advertising | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising Four-year school Cedar Hill, TX 930 Town/Rural Private
Marian Court College Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising Two-year school Swampscott, MA 230 Suburb Private
Seton Hill University Advertising | Arts Management | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Illustration | Performing Arts Four-year school Greensburg, PA 2136 Suburb Private
Minneapolis Business College Advertising Two-year school Roseville, MN 335 Suburb Private
Duquesne University Advertising | Performing Arts | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Pittsburgh, PA 10294 City Private
The University of West Florida Performing Arts Four-year school Pensacola, FL 11143 City Public
Troy University Audio Production | Film, Video, TV Four-year school Troy, AL 29328 Town/Rural Public
South Puget Sound Community College Architecture | CAD, Drafting | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Olympia, WA 5651 Suburb Public
Stonehill College Performing Arts Four-year school Easton, MA 2468 Suburb Private
ICPR Junior College - Manatí Web Design & New Media Less than two years Arecibo, PR N/A Suburb Private
The Art Institute of Washington Advertising | Animation | Audio Production | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Film, Video, TV | Graphic Design | Interior Design | Photography | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Arlington, VA 2151 City Private
Rasmussen College - North Dakota Animation | Graphic Design | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Fargo, ND 1829 City Private
Green Mountain College Arts Management | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Performing Arts Four-year school Poultney, VT 858 Town/Rural Private
Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington Web Design & New Media Two-year school Bloomington, IN 5906 Town/Rural Public
Savannah Technical College CAD, Drafting Two-year school Savannah, GA 5483 City Public
Monterey Peninsula College Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Film, Video, TV | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Graphic Design | Illustration | Interior Design | Performing Arts | Photography Two-year school Monterey, CA 9578 Suburb Public
College of Business and Technology - Miami CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Miami, FL 50 Suburb Private
Hastings College Advertising | Graphic Design | Performing Arts Four-year school Hastings, NE 1154 Town/Rural Private
University of Richmond Film, Video, TV | Performing Arts Four-year school Richmond, VA 4344 City Private
Creighton University Advertising | Graphic Design | Performing Arts Four-year school Omaha, NE 7385 City Private
Faris Computer School Inc CAD, Drafting Less than two years Nederland, TX 34 Suburb Private
Villanova University Performing Arts Four-year school Villanova, PA 10375 Suburb Private
Fordham University Advertising | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Performing Arts Four-year school Bronx, NY 14544 City Private
Black Hills State University Advertising Four-year school Spearfish, SD 4076 Town/Rural Public
University of Phoenix - Augusta Campus Web Design & New Media Four-year school Augusta, GA 1342 City Private
Roberts Wesleyan College Performing Arts Four-year school Rochester, NY 1928 Suburb Private
Dakota Wesleyan University Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Mitchell, SD 763 Town/Rural Private
Wichita Area Technical College CAD, Drafting | Interior Design Two-year school Wichita, KS 2116 Town/Rural Public
University of Chicago Film, Video, TV | Graphic Design | Performing Arts Four-year school Chicago, IL 15094 City Private
Francis Tuttle Technology Center CAD, Drafting Two-year school Oklahoma City, OK 1993 City Public
Bluefield State College Architecture Four-year school Bluefield, WV 1989 Town/Rural Public
University of Phoenix - Atlanta Campus Web Design & New Media Four-year school Sandy Springs, GA 1882 City Private
Mississippi College Advertising | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Graphic Design | Interior Design | Performing Arts Four-year school Clinton, MS 4796 Suburb Private
Pickens Technical College Advertising | CAD, Drafting | Photography Less than two years Aurora, CO 1362 Town/Rural Public
Truckee Meadows Community College Advertising | Animation | Architecture | CAD, Drafting | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Graphic Design | Landscape Architecture | Visual Effects Two-year school Reno, NV 12942 City Public
Des Moines Area Community College Advertising | Architecture | CAD, Drafting | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Graphic Design | Photography Two-year school Ankeny, IA 22324 Suburb Public
Brevard College Performing Arts Four-year school Brevard, NC 663 Town/Rural Private
Minnesota State Community and Technical College Advertising | Architecture | CAD, Drafting | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising Two-year school Fergus Falls, MN 6732 Town/Rural Public
National American University - Colorado Springs Web Design & New Media Four-year school Colorado Springs, CO 343 City Private
ITT Technical Institute - Greenville Animation | CAD, Drafting | Game Design | Graphic Design | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Greenville, SC 675 City Private
Rock Valley College Audio Production | CAD, Drafting | Film, Video, TV Two-year school Rockford, IL 8659 City Public
Hispanic American College Photography Less than two years Caguas, PR 318 City Private
Hiram College Film, Video, TV | Performing Arts Four-year school Hiram, OH 1395 Town/Rural Private
Norwich University Architecture Four-year school Northfield, VT 3378 Town/Rural Private



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