Art History, Criticism and Conservation

“Art” covers a broad range of topics, from landscape architecture to art education, from fashion design to game and interactive media design. In general, arts majors prepare individuals to succeed as creative artists. The first step in choosing what type of art major to pursue is figuring out where you want to end up. Broad categories include fashion/textiles, graphic design, spatial design, 3D product design, digital/multimedia, photography, fine art, and arranging/display. Majoring in art can also translate to organization and people management, such as becoming an Art Therapist, Private Art Instructor, or Artist Agent. Art degrees are offered at every level, and many can be completed online.

Baccalaureate

The two most popular degree levels are a Bachelor’s in Art or a Bachelor’s in Fine Art — the difference may only be one word, but can mean a lot. A BA is considered a generalist degree in liberal arts education. The general curriculum tends to include the integration of art and design, art history, art and new media, as well as intermediate visual studies.

A BFA, as defined by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), specifies a focus and expertise in one or more artistic mediums. Fine/Studio Arts involves a heavy course load inside of a studio practicing a focalized art.

Options include painting, printmaking, woodwork, sculpture, animation, illustration, and more. Possible career paths for Fine/Studio Arts majors include: Artist, Art Teacher, Art Therapist, Illustrator, Graphic Artist, Art Critic, Cartoonist, Curator, Greeting Card Artists, Sculptor, Painter, Art Gallery Owner. Nationally, the starting salary for a Fine/Studio Art major is $32,000.

Commercial art, sometimes known as advertising art, uses artistic means to promote, narrate, or inform. Color theory, drawing, graphic design, and typography are career uses for commercial art, while the ability to use computer software programs are usually essential in this field.

Graphic design is one of the most popular uses of commercial art and has an entry-level salary of $40,000.

Master or Master of Fine Art

A Master of Art or Master of Fine Art are both options for postgraduate education, as well as doctoral degrees. MAs are typically more scholarly and academic, while MFAs are terminal professional degrees that qualify graduates to teach at the university level. MFAs focus on deepening an artist strengths, whereas a PhD in the Arts often signifies a commitment to academia.  

Career options for graduates majoring in the arts include: Craft Artists, Graphic Designers, Fine Artists (Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators), Multimedia Artists, Museum Technicians and Curators, and Archivists.

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Colleges

Santa Fe Community College is a 2-year institution serving New Mexico’s capital city and most of Santa Fe County. SFCC is home to six academic schools and three departments offering over 100 degree and certificate programs in subjects from Biofuels...

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Santa fe Community College is an amazing school. I have grown on an intellectual level. The instructors pay extra attention to every student in the class and that helps a lot of students to pass with good grades.

” – Penelope from Albuquerque, NM

The American University of Rome

The American University of Rome is a 4-year institution in Italy situated atop Rome’s highest hill and grants American degrees. As a member of the Association of American International Colleges and Universities, classes are taught in English but the...

Truckee Meadows Community College is a 2-year institution with a main campus and four extension sites in Reno. TMCC is home to academic divisions in Liberal Arts, Sciences, Business & Social Sciences, and Technical Sciences. In addition to its...

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I had dreams of going to a giant college. In my senior year I destroyed my chances by failing math. I was devastated. TMCC was really my only option. My first day I walked in with the attitude of pessimism and negativism. I was so so surprised by the...

” – Jacob from Sparks, NV

Kansas City Art Institute

The Kansas City Art Institute is a private school of fine arts and design based in Kansas City, Missouri. KCAI primarily promotes a learn-by-doing program with their professional, studio-oriented majors, such as Creative Writing, Sculpture, and...

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The teachers are really into their work. The love the subjects they teach and thus I feel like I'm really learning a lot about the subjects. Everything is clear and straight to the point, yet very in depth.

” – Britney from Hannibal, MO

William Paterson University of New Jersey

Founded in 1855, William Paterson University of New Jersey is 4-year public school in northern New Jersey. Set on a 370-acre wooded campus, William Paterson is home to colleges of Arts & Communication, Business, Education, Science, and Humanities...

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I went to the open house and learned a lot about what it has to offer and i am actually excited to learn!

” – Shannon from Hillsdale, NJ

Flagler College-St Augustine

Located on the site of a former 19th century luxury resort hotel, Flagler College is a private liberal arts college in northeast Florida. Flagler hosts schools of Business, Creative Arts, and Humanities conferring undergraduate degrees in 35 academic...

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The teachers here are amazing. At the beginning of the semester, they give you all the assignments and when they will be due. They are so helpful and they show that they care about you as individual. Since the classes are small, you are able to ask...

” – Rebecca from Jacksonville, FL

Sewanee-The University of the South

Sewanee, The University of the South, is a 4-year liberal arts college in south central Tennessee. Operated by the dioceses of the Episcopal Church, Sewanee offers bachelor’s degrees in 36 academic majors. In addition, Swanee holds a partnership with...

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The University of the South is essentially a big community. You will make lots of friends, you will have a lot of fun at frat parties, there is plenty of opportunity for community service and leadership positions in various clubs. Also, the Sewanee...

” – Daniel from Cowan, TN

Bard College at Simon's Rock

Bard College at Simon's Rock is an early college with “more selective” admissions where high school students can enroll before graduation. The average age at entry is 16. Simon’s Rock is based in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and provides a...

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simon's rock offers a strong academic program with a quirky and varied student body. people come here for a challenge, stay for the professors, and leave with the skills to be competitive students and citizens. there is a lot of learning and growing...

” – senior

Aquinas College
Grand Rapids, MI
Aquinas College (MI)

Founded in 1886 by the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, Aquinas College is a Catholic liberal arts college in western Michigan. Aquinas offers undergraduate degrees in over 100 fields of study including the first Sustainable Business program in the...

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Aquinas college is very small. However this provides a close community. It has great teachers.

” – Amanda from Rockford, MI

Saint Ambrose University

Founded in 1882, Saint Ambrose University is a private institution that provides a liberal arts curriculum in the “Catholic Intellectual Tradition.” Admissions are rated as “selective” and the campus is home to several buildings listed on the...

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The small student to teacher ratio will be great. Offer may different types of programs.

” – Jacqueline from Bartlett, IL

SUNY College at Potsdam

With campus a few miles from the Canadian border, the State University of New York at Potsdam is one of the oldest colleges in the United States. Located in the Adirondack region of northern New York State, SUNY Potsdam features schools of Arts &...

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Great school full of friendly people. I was nervous about being so far away from home, but all the people here can be truly wonderful. The programs that are set up for freshman are brilliant.

” – Stephanie from Macedon, NY

University of Akron Main Campus

University of Akron is a public land-grant institution and research university located in Akron, OH. Akron is home to seven colleges conferring bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as a Student Recreaction and Wellness Center that features a...

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The classes are generally small and the professors are fantastic. After you finish your electives, all the major-specific class are enticing and exciting. I'm glad I chose Akron over a smaller school. There are tons of opprotuniteis here for...

” – Abby from Bellville, OH

California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts is a Bay Area-based school of art and design with campuses in San Francisco and Oakland. CCA is home to 22 undergraduate programs in core disciplines of Architecture, Fine Arts, Design, and Humanities...

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Great Teachers with knowledgable staff.
Friendly learning work environment.
A great place to pursue the arts.

” – Alexander from Oakland, CA

SUNY College at Geneseo

Founded in 1871, the State University of New York at Geneseo is a public liberal arts college in western New York State and a campus of the SUNY system. Geneseo grants bachelor’s degrees in 50 academic majors and 27 interdisciplinary minors. With...

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Geneseo accepts a lot of academically successful students and education is superb. Geneseo is a liberal arts school so aside from picking from one of many diverse majors, there is a general education requirement. Thus, Geneseo students have an...

” – Samantha

Hobart William Smith Colleges

With a campus overlooking Seneca Lake, Hobart & William Smith Colleges are liberal arts colleges in the Finger Lakes region of New York State that operate in a coordinate college system. Originally founded as separate colleges for women and men...

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Hobart is a very interesting place with many opportunities available to those students who aren't afraid to go out and get them. The faculty is beyond helpful and will challenge you intellectually if they know you can handle it. Also, the environment...

” – Trevor from Geneva, NY

Columbus College of Art and Design

Founded in 1879, The Columbus College of Art & Design is one of the oldest art and design colleges in the United States. With a campus adjacent to the Columbus Museum of Art, CCAD confers bachelor’s degrees in 12 artistic fields of study such as...

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I seen what the student can do there and it was all phenomenal!

” – Makaylee from Meadville, PA

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

The Mansfield University of Pennsylvania is a public, 4-year institution established in 1857, and is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State system. The college offers over 80 major and minor areas of study, with programs resulting in...

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Mansfield University is set in the mountains, surrounded by the changing colors of autumn and attended by the most wonderful people one could ever meet. Everyone wants to help one another settle in and find their niche in the university life, leaving...

” – Heaven from Meadville, PA

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College is a public institution located in New York City. The school awards 2-year certificates and associate degrees in 15 different fields. Popular fields of study include teaching, community organization and...

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I definitely learned a lot from BMCC and this amazing college experience thus far.

” – Emily from Corona, NY

University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez

The University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez is a state institution also known as Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez. Classes at UPRM are primarily taught in Spanish, and students are required to have a moderate understanding of English as well in order...

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The UPRM is one of the top colleges in Puerto Rico it has many programs from engineering, biology, agricultural science, education and much more. It is a challenging college, if you are admitted you are already considered some of the top students in...

” – Ezequiel from San Antonio, PR

With a campus along the banks of the Mississippi River, Principia College is a 4-year liberal arts institution in southwest Illinois with an emphasis on Christian Science. Principia confers bachelor’s degrees in 28 majors as well as an Individualized...

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It is one of the most uplifting campus' I have ever been on, because everyone understands the importance of Christian Science. The small size of the campus means that you get one on one time with all your professors, and they are able to take a...

” – Hannah

Long Island University

Named for breakfast cereal magnate C.W. Post, LIU Post is a private school on Long Island’s north shore and the largest campus of Long Island University. LIU Post grants bachelor’s degrees in over 50 academic majors. In addition, LIU Post is home to...

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It's an amazing and beautiful college to go to. Its very costly, but the education received by them is worth it. A very fun and educational environment.

” – Wilbert from Garden City Park, NY

University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras

Founded in 1900, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras is Puerto Rico’s first public university and the most extensive in the UPR system. The Carnegie Foundation designates the school as having “high research activity.” The Institute of Caribbean...

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A very good university in the education of their students. Committed to the pursuit of knowledge and offers a quality education. It offers an accesible tuition fee to all social classes.

” – Gustavo from Gurabo, PR

Drew University

Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Drew University is a 4-year liberal arts institution in northern New Jersey. The University’s College of Liberal Arts offers bachelor’s degrees in 47 fields of study. Additionally, Drew is home to the...

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There is no doubt in my mind that I am learning a lot at Drew. This college is on the Princeton Review's list of top universities and top liberal arts colleges for a reason! The topics are very engaging and intense, and although I've had a couple of...

” – Eve from North Bergen, NJ

College of Art & Design is an independent, nonprofit organization offering baccalaureates for women and co-educational degrees at the graduate level. Founded in 1848, Moore was the first women’s art school in the nation. The college features a Writer...

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Many of the teachers are highly qualified in their fields and try to get their students to see a different perspective of the norm. I was lucky and got mostly teachers that knew what they were doing and gave out compelling assignments.

” – Samantha from Philadelphia, PA

The Arts University at Bournemouth

With campus a short distance from the English Channel, The Arts University at Bournemouth is a school of the visual and performing arts in southern England. AUB awards undergraduate degrees in 23 artistic and creative fields of study such as Make-Up...

Originally founded as a night school, Terra State Community College is a 2-year institution in northwest Ohio. Terra State is home to academic divisions in Business, Humanities, & Industrial Technologies and Allied Health, Nursing, & Human Services...

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I love it! The instructors are knowledgeable. The curriculum is up to date and valid.

” – Catherine from Sandusky, OH

CUNY Graduate School and University Center

CUNY Graduate School and University Center is rated as a Doctoral University with Highest Research Activity and set in Midtown Manhattan. The graduate school is home to several research centers and promotes interdisciplinary research and...

Hope College

Hope College is a 4-year liberal arts institute located in downtown Holland. Hope partners with the Reformed Church in America but welcomes students of all faiths, as well as those of no faith. The liberal arts curriculum at Hope is threaded through...

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The professors at Hope do their best to do whatever they can for the students. Teaching is really their passion and they work hard to take time for each individual student. The education at Hope is a good one, the classes and professors challenge...

” – Russell from Delaware, OH

Bryn Mawr College

Founded in 1885, Bryn Mawr College is a women’s liberal arts institution in the greater Philadelphia area and part of the Seven Sisters. Bryn Mawr offers undergraduate degrees in 37 majors and was the first women’s college to confer a PhD...

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Bryn Mawr College has taught me the most important life lesson that many colleges fail to acknowledge. You don't come to receive, you come to take. I don't receive an education, I take my education ambitiously and passionately.

” – Jacqueline from Battle Creek, MI

Concordia University-Montreal

Concordia University is a comprehensive institution offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Canada. Created by a merger between Loyola College and Sir George Williams University in 1974, Concordia operates out of two campuses in Quebec...