How To Find Art Schools: Curriculum & Where To Search

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There are so many art schools to choose from that aspiring artists will have a tough time choosing just one. Due to the Internet and the explosive growth of online education, students have several formats to choose from as well. Students can choose from a traditional format (totally on-campus), a blended format (part on-campus, part online) or an online format (totally online). So, instead of choosing several schools first, students must begin their search for an art school by selecting a format.

If you are a working student, chances are you don’t have time to commute to school each day. In these cases, a blended or online format might be the best option for you. Most traditional art schools and art & design schools offer blended programs. Depending on the program, you may have the opportunity to complete your degree totally online. This is usually the case with multimedia art degrees.

To begin your search for a suitable art school, whether online, blended, or traditional, browse through online college directories or college review sites such as the, or U.S. News & World Reports Top Fine Arts Program rankings. By using reliable directories and review sites such as these, you can review listings of both online and traditional fine arts programs, read peer reviews, and review ratings and tuition rates.

Once you have located several art schools that are worth further examination, review the curriculum. The best art schools will have many of the same concentration areas in common. These include ceramics, dance, drama, drawing, film, music, and photography.

The following is a sample fine arts curriculum. You can use this as a guide when comparing online and blended art school curriculums to traditional curriculums. The traditional curriculum listed below is the standard. Each program should consist of 120 credits.

  • Art History I & II
  • Contemporary Culture
  • Drawing
  • Fine Art Core
  • Fine Art Seminar
  • Humanities I & II
  • Introduction to Printmaking
  • Introduction to Sculpture
  • Modern Art
  • Process & Generation
  • Resources
  • Senior Thesis
  • Visual Concepts
  • Writing I & II

Sample Elective Courses

  • Ceramic Studio
  • Communication Design
  • Digital Art I & II
  • Digital Photo
  • Optical Culture/Light Studies
  • Sculpture Now
  • Wood, Tools & Fabrication

Other art school courses will depend on the concentration area. Good luck!


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