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Best Art Schools

Defining what is the "best" has always been a tricky endeavor. And if you came here hoping for a definitive answer to which art school has proven itself worthy of the title, then we're not going to lie to you: we don't have an answer. At least not one that comes in the form of a university's name.

Recognizing the best choice for an art school is a deeply personal matter, and we can't choose one to suit your individual preferences without getting into your head. What we can offer here is an incomplete list of certain qualities that the best art schools seem to share. It is by no means the final authority in the matter, and you may tack on as many other conditions that you look for in your perfect art school, but here are some features that truly make a college stand out.

FLEXIBILITY

A key in any college experience, flexibility is even more important if you're an art major. Whatever field you choose to specialize in, the arts are strongly multidisciplinary area of study. Even if you're a film major, that class on artistic black-and-white photography could inspire you to create the next great short documentary; if abstract painting is your forte, then a graphic design studio might give you new insight into balancing colors and shapes on your canvas. Choose an art school that gives you enough freedom to pursue your major while dabbling in a little bit of everything else, because when creativity comes into question, all of the extras are indispensable.

STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO

When it comes down to it, you go to art school to learn from the experience and talent of your professors. So seek out a college where the student-teacher ratio is low enough that you can cultivate a real relationship with your professors. Not only can they provide you with invaluable advice and insight into your lessons, but they can lend a helping hand in landing you a job or internship in the future.

GREAT ENVIRONMENT

Great environment can be interpreted in a multitude of ways: the campus itself, the intimacy of the student body, the approachability of the teachers, the weather patterns in the area, the quality of the nearby restaurants. Whatever make an environment great for you, make sure that the place you'll be studying is also somewhere that inspires you and makes you comfortable. If you know that perpetually gray skies or a lack of good pizza will depress you and dull your artistic fire, then don't apply! It's not the best fit for you.

STICKS WITH YOU

The best art colleges will do more than just spit you out with a diploma in your hand. They'll stick with you, whether it be through alumni networks that help you find a company to work in after graduation, or a famous name that draws in clients in the future. At the very least, don't pick one that you know has a bad track history, and if you're lucky, your art school will do enough for you in the future that the tuition you put into your education pays for itself.

Colleges that meet these criteria may not be universally accepted as the "best," but these factors will put them pretty far up there. Do your homework and find the art school that holds the potential of being the best school for you!

Did you know:

According to US News and World Reports the following are the top 2010 National Schools offering Art majors

1.      Yale University - New Haven, CT
2.      University of Chicago - Chicago, IL
3.      Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
4.      Brown University - Providence, RI
5.      Rice University - Houston, TX

If you are interested in the Best Art Schools, you may also be interested in finding more information on the Best Film Schools, Good Photography Schools, Good Illustration Schools and the Best CAD / Drafting Schools. Feel free to browse these art school profiles and securely submit your information to request information.

 





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Long Island University - C W Post Campus Advertising | Animation | Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Performing Arts | Photography | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Brookville, NY 11749 Suburb Private
West Liberty University Graphic Design Four-year school West Liberty, WV 2651 Town/Rural Public
Taylor University Performing Arts Four-year school Upland, IN 2559 Town/Rural Private
Charleston Southern University Graphic Design | Performing Arts Four-year school Charleston, SC 3219 City Private
DeVry University - Arizona Web Design & New Media Four-year school Phoenix, AZ 2016 City Private
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Architecture | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Johnstown, PA 1768 Suburb Public
Middle Tennessee State University Arts Management | Audio Production | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Interior Design | Performing Arts Four-year school Murfreesboro, TN 25188 City Public
Technical College of the Lowcountry CAD, Drafting Two-year school Beaufort, SC 2565 Town/Rural Public
University of St Francis Performing Arts | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Joliet, IL 3352 City Private
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Performing Arts Four-year school Oshkosh, WI 13192 City Public
ITT Technical Institute - Tarentum CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Tarentum, PA 315 Town/Rural Private
University of Missouri - St Louis Performing Arts Four-year school Saint Louis, MO 16534 Suburb Public
University of Maryland - College Park Architecture | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Landscape Architecture | Performing Arts Four-year school College Park, MD 37195 Suburb Public
Southwestern Illinois College Audio Production | CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Belleville, IL 14440 Town/Rural Public
St Philip's College Architecture | CAD, Drafting | Photography Two-year school San Antonio, TX 11008 City Public
Columbia College Photography | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Sonora, CA 3629 Town/Rural Public
Brown Mackie College - Louisville Graphic Design Four-year school Louisville, KY 1536 City Private
The Art Institute of Colorado Animation | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Film, Video, TV | Game Design | Graphic Design | Interior Design | Photography | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Denver, CO 2320 City Private
Brookdale Community College Animation | Architecture | Audio Production | CAD, Drafting | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Film, Video, TV | Game Design | Graphic Design | Interior Design | Visual Effects Two-year school Lincroft, NJ 15639 Suburb Public
Davis & Elkins College Arts Management | Performing Arts Four-year school Elkins, WV 710 Town/Rural Private
Chandler/Gilbert Community College Advertising | Arts Management | Performing Arts | Photography Two-year school Chandler, AZ 11058 Suburb Public
Millsaps College Performing Arts Four-year school Jackson, MS 1117 City Private
National American University - Ellsworth AFB Extension Web Design & New Media Four-year school Ellsworth AFB, SD 329 Town/Rural Private
University of Delaware Arts Management | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Landscape Architecture | Performing Arts Four-year school Newark, DE 21138 Suburb Public
Seattle Community College - Central Campus Advertising | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Photography | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Seattle, WA 7774 City Public
Daymar College - Scottsville Web Design & New Media Two-year school Scottsville, KY 109 Town/Rural Private
University of Maine at Augusta Architecture | Photography Four-year school Augusta, ME 5054 Town/Rural Public
University of Nevada - Reno Advertising | Performing Arts Four-year school Reno, NV 16875 City Public
Bethel University Performing Arts Four-year school McKenzie, TN 2975 Town/Rural Private
Antonelli College - Cincinnati Graphic Design | Interior Design | Photography Two-year school Cincinnati, OH 445 City Private
Calumet College of Saint Joseph Web Design & New Media Four-year school Whiting, IN 1292 Suburb Private
University of Maryland - University College Animation | Graphic Design | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Adelphi, MD 37347 Suburb Public
University of Missouri - Kansas City Performing Arts Four-year school Kansas City, MO 14799 City Public
East Arkansas Community College CAD, Drafting | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Forrest City, AR 1530 Town/Rural Public
The University of Texas at Arlington Advertising | Architecture | Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Interior Design | Landscape Architecture | Performing Arts | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Arlington, TX 28085 City Public
McMurry University Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Performing Arts Four-year school Abilene, TX 1509 City Private
Central Wyoming College Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Photography Two-year school Riverton, WY 2404 Town/Rural Public
Angelo State University Performing Arts Four-year school San Angelo, TX 6387 City Public
Michigan Career and Technical Institute Graphic Design Two-year school Plainwell, MI 224 Town/Rural Public
Lanier Technical College CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design | Interior Design | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Oakwood, GA 4115 Suburb Public
Crowder College CAD, Drafting | Performing Arts Two-year school Neosho, MO 4482 Town/Rural Public
ITT Technical Institute - Madison CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design Four-year school Madison, AL 388 Town/Rural Private
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges - Wabash Valley College Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Mount Carmel, IL 4810 Town/Rural Public
Aims Community College Animation | Game Design | Graphic Design | Visual Effects Two-year school Greeley, CO 5510 City Public
Drexel University Architecture | Arts Management | Audio Production | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Film, Video, TV | Graphic Design | Interior Design | Performing Arts | Photography | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Philadelphia, PA 22493 City Private
Yavapai College Advertising | Architecture | Film, Video, TV Two-year school Prescott, AZ 8276 City Public
Ohio Center for Broadcasting - Colorado Audio Production | Film, Video, TV Less than two years Lakewood, CO 98 Suburb Private
ITT Technical Institute - Austin CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Austin, TX 787 City Private
Saint Bonaventure University Performing Arts Four-year school Saint Bonaventure, NY 2465 Town/Rural Private
Missouri Southern State University CAD, Drafting | Performing Arts Four-year school Joplin, MO 5701 City Public



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