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Non-Art Colleges for Art and Design Majors

Non-Art Colleges for Art and Design Majors

Many potential artists pursue degrees in visual art or design at colleges or universities that offer non-related programs. Also, many schools allow students to pursue a double major or take studio art classes outside of their major.

This is perfect for prospective students who aren't sure if they want to attend an art school but are sure of their talent and passion for art. Take a look at these four schools, all of which offer art and design majors in addition to other academic opportunities. 

Yale University

In order for students to pursue art at Yale, they must apply to the Ivy League university with a portfolio in addition to their regular application. Once accepted, students undergo a review during their sophomore year, based on work from two studio art classes taken the year before.

During their last two years, fine arts students study intensively, taking many art practice and history classes. The Yale School of Art has a number of famous graduates, including photorealist Chuck Close, sculptor Fred Sandback and painters Jennifer Bartlett and Kehinde Wiley. 

Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU has the top fine arts program in the country for public universities. It currently ranks second for all fine arts colleges. VCU’s art program has about 3,000 students. The school takes pride in their successful integration of arts and other programs, projects and extracurriculars.

VCU also is renowned for graphic design and advertising programs. It recently founded the Center for the Creative Economy, which combines courses on innovation and entrepreneurship in a new fusion of creativity, design and business.

University of Wisconsin

At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, art students choose one of two paths offered by the nationally and internationally celebrated Art Department. They either pursue art education or studio art.

Art Education majors also can receive their license to teach primary or secondary art education. Applicants must first submit their portfolios for review. Once accepted, they'll have hundreds of fine arts classes to choose from.

Reed College

The dual program with the Pacific Northwest College of Art attracts many art students with other interests. For the first two years of study, students of this five-year program study full-time, switching to PNCA for the final two years until their fifth year, in which they are simultaneously enrolled at both institutions.

At the end of their five years, students receive a Bachelor of Arts from Reed and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from PNCA. Students also have a rigorous transcript that includes studio classes, art history classes and various other liberal arts classes.

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