Your Guide to Art School Resources and Information

What kinds of art schools are there?

There are several types of art schools, each with varying degrees of quality, time requirements, degree options, and price ranges.

Colleges and Universities

Many state and private colleges and universities offer art degrees. While these schools offer the most in terms of community diversity, subject variety and extra-curricular activities, it is important to research the quality of their art department and art instructors. The quality level of the art departments at various schools varies widely. Colleges and universities also allow you to minor in other subjects, such as business administration, communications, or marketing, which are great additions to an art degree.

Art Degree options:

Undergraduate (ie, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree)

Graduate (ie, Master of Arts Degree, Master of Fine Arts Degree)

4-Year Art-Focused Schools

These are what most people associate with art school. Art-focused schools are very competitive and can be difficult to get accepted to. But, for the most part, the level of instruction at these schools is among the best you can get. Of course the price tag is at a matching level.

Art Degree options:

Undergraduate (ie, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree)

Graduate (ie, Master of Arts Degree, Master of Fine Arts Degree)

Vocational Schools and Technical Schools

Vo-Tech schools generally offer very specialized courses and education paths, and run from 1 to 2 years. Again, the range of quality between schools can be dramatic, so be sure to do lots of research into both the curriculum and instructor staff. Depending on the course, Vocational Schools and Technical Schools can also be very expensive.

Art Degree options:

Associate of Arts Degree

Associate of Science Degree

*Some may offer Bachelor and Master Degrees

Community Colleges

Community colleges are by far the most inexpensive option, and can be a great option for young (or young-at-heart) students. Community colleges offer basic-level or foundation art courses that every student will need. Graduating from a community college guarantees acceptance at most state colleges.

Art Degree options:

Associate of Arts Degree

Associate of Science Degree

Art Academies and Art Workshops

Art Academies usually offer a wide variety of different hands-on drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, fine crafts and home decorating classes and workshops; for the experienced and novice artist alike. Usually no previous art experience is necessary. Taught by local, professional artists, art academies and workshops can provide you with a creative learning experience at a smaller price and shorter time commitment. Classes will vary in length from a 1 day workshops to months-long classes.

Art Degree options:

Certificate of completion, or nothing

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