Non-Art Colleges for Art and Design Majors
Many would-be artists pursue degrees in visual art or design at colleges or universities that offer other courses of study. Many colleges allow students to double major or take studio art classes outside of their major — perfect for prospective college students who aren't sure they want to attend an art college but are sure of their talent and passion for art. Take a look at these four universities, all of which offer art and design majors in addition to other academic opportunities.
In order for students to pursue art at Yale, they must apply to the Ivy League university with a portfolio, as well as their regular application. Once accepted, students undergo a review their sophomore year based on work from two studio art classes taken the year before. 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.
VCU, which is located in Richmond, Virginia, has the No. 1 fine arts program in the country for public universities. It currently ranks No. 2 for all fine arts colleges. VCU’s art program has about 3,000 students, and the college takes pride in its successful integration of arts students with the other programs, projects and extracurriculars. VCU also is renowned for its 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.
At the University of Wisconsin at 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.
While the art department at Reed College is well known, it’s the college’s dual program with the Pacific Northwest College of Art that attracts many art students with other interests. For the first two years, students of this five-year program study at Reed 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 Art degree from Reed and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from PNCA, with a rigorous transcript that includes studio classes, art history classes and various other liberal arts classes.