Painting

It takes a certain sort of person to see the beauty in the mundane. There's no better way to stretch your creativity and explore the world around you by opting for a painting major. Throughout the program you choose, you'll explore the sophisticated and elaborate process of painting from several different perspectives. Additionally, you'll master useful techniques and skills like composition and mixture. Majoring in painting will prepare you to more effectively express emotions and ideas on a canvas. Most programs have been designed to provide you with detailed instruction through courses covering surface preparation, color mixing, and personal style development. Your degree doesn't necessarily determine your career. Because a major in painting requires creativity and perseverance, you'll have some skills coveted by many employers. You can use what you've learned in school to start your career as a professor, cartoonist, advertising artist, art teacher, creative director, critic, fine artist, illustrator, or even a technical illustrator. As long as you're willing to investigate and experiment, career opportunities will be there.

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Boston University

Boston University is a private, non-profit university with a heavy emphasis on research. BU’s main location is right in its name—Boston, MA—but the university has flagship locations around the world, including in London, Sydney, and Washington, DC,...

“…The faculty is usually attentive and pretty entertaining. Most professors know exactly what they're talking about and provide insight into difficult fields with ease. I took the Core Curriculum and am learning much about history and philosophy. I...” – Alex from Waco, TX

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

The University of Washington is a selective institution located in Seattle, WA, with two satellite campuses in Bothell and Tacoma. At this Public Ivy, sustainability is a major focus and the school has made The Princeton Review Green College Honor...

“…Amazing campus and beautiful buildings and people. The students are very diverse and all of them talented. With 40,000 or so students, you are sure to find friends whether you look for them or not.” – Daniel from Ridgefield, WA

Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, research institution located in the New York town of the same name. SU’s 13 academic divisions offer 200 majors and 100 minors for undergraduate students, as well as multiple international study programs in  60...

“…The selection of classes is amazing -- it is impossible to be disinterested in each and every one. Even in the required courses (generally speaking, there's only one, all the rest are options) you will be able to learn and stay interested...” – Angela from Syracuse, NY

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a public institution in central Illinois and the flagship campus of the U of I system. UIUC is home to 15 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 150 areas of...

“…I've learned things so far in every course I've taken and have met really great professors and instructors. You learn a lot from the people as well. They're from all over the world.” – Kristen from Chicago, IL

University of Miami

Founded in 1925, the University of Miami is a private research institution in south Florida. The U encompasses 11 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 180 fields of study. Away from the classroom, the Miami campus is home to...

“…The University of Miami is a prestigious school with a lot to offer. The school is diverse and gives a small university feel in a big town environment. The University of Miami is a great place to go to school because it provides a good degree, has...” – Maureen from Webster City, IA

University of Oregon

With a campus along the Willamette River, the University of Oregon is a 4-year public university in Eugene and the flagship campus of the UO System. The UO is home to nine colleges hosting more than 300 degree-granting academic programs. To provide a...

“…I went to a top-rated, public high school and thought I was going to coast in college. I am taking 2 chemistry classes, math and English and am really being challenged. I have also been able to get the help I needed from professors and affordable...” – Alexandra from San Diego, CA

University of Houston

The University of Houston is a public research institution and the third-largest university in Texas. UH is home to 16 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in 108 fields of study. A diverse campus, UH has been designated an Hispanic-...

“…the university of houston is a campus full of life and spirit! the school has so much to offer from tons of clubs to join to constant school functions going on at all times. it is impossible to be bored here for there is always something to do.” – Angie

Ohio University-Main Campus

The first university chartered by an Act of Congress, Ohio University is a public research institution in southeast Ohio. The Ohio campus hosts nine colleges conferring degrees in over 250 undergraduate and graduate-level fields of study as well as...

“…Ohio University is a great academic school and I feel I have learned so much in just a year of attending this university. Although, freshman year is based on tier one classes and usually are only review and basics, they are great refreshers and help...” – Caitlynn from Norwalk, OH

Temple University

Temple University is a 4-year public research institution in Philadelphia. With its main campus set against the Philly skyline, Temple is home to 17 colleges and schools conferring degrees in over 400 academic programs. In addition, Temple features...

“…Whether it is a boring topic or not the faculty at Temple University makes sure that you learn the information in a fun or interesting manner. ” – Brooke from Philadelphia, PA

Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University is a 4-year public research institution in Flagstaff and a designated Hispanic-serving institution. NAU is home to nine colleges granting bachelor’s degrees in 12 academic divisions. To take advantage of its setting in the...

“…The teachers that I have had for the most part have been amazing. Use upperclassman and online prof. grading sites as a resource though, because there are a few snoozers out here. If you can catch the right professor at this school, they can change...” – Christian from Las Vegas, NV

Washington University in St Louis

Founded in 1853 and named for George Washington, Washington University in St. Louis is a 4-year private research university. WashU encompasses seven colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 90 areas of study. For artistically...

“…Wash U, as it is called, offers students unique opportunities that, I believe, no other college can. It truly has an international, or a global, community: you get to interact with some of the best minds from across the nation, as well as outside of...” – Lindsay from Plymouth, MN

Pratt Institute-Main

The Pratt Institute is a private college based in Brooklyn, NY. Pratt offers more than 25 undergraduate degree programs and concentrations, more than 26 graduate degree programs, and six programs leading to an Advanced Certificate award. The 25-acre...

“…I am a freshman foundation student; most students are required to take the same foundation classes except if you're an architecture, photo or fashion major. Although that might sound boring and unnecessary, it really is. I've learnt more about art...” – Kanisorn from BROOKLYN, NY

Kent State University at Kent

Originally founded as a teacher-training school, Kent State University is a 4-year public research university in northeast Ohio. Kent State hosts ten colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in more than 300 areas of study. Additionally, KSU is home...

“…At Kent I am able to challenge myself at whatever level I choose. Academically for my major, I learn a fair amount, and on top of that there are thousands of other courses I can take that are not mandatory, but just great learning experiences. With...” – Steven from Parma, OH

University of Hartford

The University of Hartford is a 4-year private school in Connecticut’s capital city. UHart was originally founded as a commuter school for returning World War II soldiers and is now home to seven colleges and schools conferring undergrad degrees in...

“…You get what you make of it. Research funding is limited, however when you are interested in running studies, if you impress the right people you can dominate your department. ” – Melissa from Smithtown, NY

University of New Haven

Originally founded on the Yale campus in 1920, the University of New Haven is a 4-year private institution on the New Haven coast. UNH is home to six colleges and schools offering bachelor’s degrees in over 100 fields of study. Additionally, the UNH...

“…I can say that college is definitely different from high school but at the end of the day it is all about how much effort you put into your work. The University of New Haven has so much to offer. There's tutoring readily available, mentors for us...” – Julissa from New York, NY

Ferris State University

Ferris State University is a 4-year public university in west central Michigan. Ferris State is home to eight colleges conferring over 190 undergraduate degrees as well as an honors program. For students who wish to learn in a foreign culture, Ferris...

“…Ferris State University is a great University to attend. The cost is quite expensive, but the education level is outstanding and most of the teachers are friendly and are always looking to help you succeed.” – Wendy from Big Rapids, MI

Oakland University
Rochester Hills, MI
Oakland University

Oakland University is a 4-year public school in the Detroit metro area that was originally established as a satellite campus of Michigan State. Oakland is now home to seven colleges and schools offering bachelor’s degrees in 143 academic programs. In...

“…I took a variety of classes and enjoyed each and everyone of them. My favorite class of my 2008 fall semester was intro to sociology with Dr. George Sanders. We covered a wide range of topics, and Dr. Sanders employed a wide range of teaching...” – Stacey from Lutz, FL

Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University is a Tier 1 University with higher research activity and rated as having a more selective admissions process. The TCU mission is "to educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the...

“…This is the GREATEST learning environment ever! Small class sizes, professors take the time to get to know the students and the opportunity to excel beyond expectations! As an Eduction major in one of the TOP 4 schools in the US for teachers, I...” – Cecily from San Diego, CA

Virginia Commonwealth University

Formed by the merger of the Medical College of Virginia and the Richmond Professional Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University is a 4-year public institution in Richmond. VCU is home to 20 colleges and is the state’s only university to offer...

“…I currently a student at VCU returning for my sophomore year and I must say that I am excited to get back to Richmond, VA this fall. As an engineering student I can tell that the education that I am receiving from VCU presents me as well as others...” – Jerrod from Centreville, VA

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus

The University of New Hampshire is a 4-year public school in New Hampshire’s seacoast region and the state’s flagship university campus. The largest university in the state, UNH is home to 11 schools and colleges granting bachelor’s degrees in over...

“… Each professor is different; it really depends on which class(es) you take. If you took a lecture hall class (100-200 students) at 8 am in the morning, and you fall asleep, your teacher would remember you for that. Unless you go to their office...” – Funmi from Harvard, MA

Savannah College of Art and Design

Founded in 1978, the Savannah College of Art and Design is a private arts university with two locations in Georgia, one in Hong Kong, and a study abroad location in Lacoste, France. With a goal of preparing students for creative professions, SCAD...

“…I didn't imagine I would learn so much in one year but I have. It makes me excited to see what I will be learning the next 3 years.” – Julia from Evans, GA

Providence College

Founded in 1917 by the Dominican Friars, Providence College is a Catholic, Dominican liberal arts institution located in the city of the same name in Rhode Island. PC offers 52 major fields of study and was the first college in the nation to offer a...

“…The overall physical appearance of the school is lovely. The school body seems friendly, the guide on my visit seemed very knowledgable. The atmosphere seems to have an open, fun social setting and good school spirit. ” – Emily from Morris Plains, NJ

Drake University

Calling Des Moines, Iowa, its home, Drake University is a midsize, private institution of higher learning with more than 70 majors available to its undergraduate students. Cultivated over 130 years of educating, The Drake Curriculum features small,...

“…I feel like I didn't learn anything in high school, but I love college! At Drake I feel like the professors really teach you the material and most make it interesting!” – Kristin from Lockport, IL

Bradley University

Originally founded as a watch-making school by Lydia Moss Bradley in 1897, Bradley University is a private institution in central Illinois. Bradley confers bachelor’s degrees in over 185 academic areas of study. Throughout the year, Bradley programs...

“…Wow. Bradley University is a wonderful college for those who want to receive a great education in any chosen field of study. Bradley offers the best of the best college professors who all share the same passion and enthusiasm in not only their...” – BRITTANY from Matteson, IL

Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University is a public university in the heart of downtown Cleveland. Among the university’s 10 colleges hosting over 175 degree-granting academic programs, Cleveland State is home to the only film school in the state of Ohio. For the...

“…Cleveland State has proved to me that you do not need to go to an Ivy League School to be challenged. When Cleveland State says that their students experience engaged learning, they really are telling the truth. The professors really want you to...” – India from Columbus, OH

Wichita State University

Situated at the top of a hill overlooking downtown, Wichita State University is a 4-year public research institution in Wichita. Wichita State features seven colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an Honors College and...

“…I really like the classes I am taking. All of them teach me so much. The teachers try to do classwork that suits all different learners so that they all have a chance to learn. All of my teachers/ professors love answering questions that I have. I...” – Chelsea from Wichita, KS

University of Puget Sound

Founded in 1888, the University of Puget Sound is a 4-year liberal arts college in the Seattle metro area. UPS awards bachelor’s degrees in over 50 traditional and interdisciplinary fields of study and a number of programs feature experiential...

“…In my Freshman year I learned the hard way that High School study habits don't make the cut here and I am better for it. UPS makes you work hard for what you want to achieve, but the professors also know how to make it interesting. I was worried that...” – Jessica from Graham, WA

SUNY Buffalo State

Founded in 1871, SUNY Buffalo State is a public school in Buffalo and the largest 4-year college in the State University of New York System. SUNY Buffalo State is home to schools of Arts & Humanities, Education, the Professions, and Sciences, and is...

“…The professors I have had since beginning Fall 2008 have been extremely helpful. They are available before and after class if you would like to speak with them and also through email. No matter what your problem is, they do what they can to assist...” – Jessica from Rochester, NY

Arcadia University

Founded in 1853, Arcadia University is a 4-year private institution in the Philadelphia metro area. The Arcadia campus hosts six colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees, including the College of Global Studies which oversees study...

“…I have learned so much since being at Arcadia, not just facts I need to know for my major but I have been able to learn a lot about myself and other important things. My knowledge has expanded so much thanks to the help of my professors. ” – Theodora from Warren, NJ

Rhode Island School of Design

The Rhode Island School of Design is a fine arts college in the state capital of Providence and one of the first art and design institutions in the United States. RISD confers bachelor’s degrees in 21 fine arts fields of study such as Ceramics,...

“…If you enjoy art and design, this is the school for you. Foundation year you take studios such as Drawing, 2D and 3D. The hours of those studios are long, however, you learn so much and the professors are great. You can get lucky or sometimes unlucky...” – Catherine

Lewis University is a private institution based in Romeoville, Illinois. The university operates two regional sites in Oak Brook and Tinley Park, as well as a satellite campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The school is affiliated with the Roman...

“…Lewis is an amazing school. There are many different types of majors and degrees offered and it has the top rated Aviation and Nursing programs in the Midwest. Lewis is a small, close knit and friendly community.” – Martina from Burbank, IL

Salem State University

Established in 1854, Salem State University is a 4-year public school in the greater Boston area. Salem State grants bachelor’s degrees in 32 academic programs with a focus on liberal arts and sciences. In addition to classroom facilities, Salem...

“…All of my classes at Salem State teach me the basics of the subject, as well as things I will use in my every day life. This past semester in my Child Growth class, my professor gave us everyday examples of how we will use what we have learned. We...” – Hayley from Methuen, MA

Marywood University

Marywood University is a liberal arts institution affiliated with the Roman Catholic church that’s located in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Marywood University’s 115-acre campus houses three colleges, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of...

“…The professors here are amazing. They are friendly and well-versed in the subjects that they teach. When they say you can come to them if you have any problems or need any extra help, they sincerely mean it. ” – Suzanne from Meshoppen, PA

Harding University

Formed by the merger of two junior college, Harding University is a 4-year Christian liberal arts college in northern Arkansas. Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Harding confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 100 academic majors and minors. As...

“…This is only my semester here and I have already learned a lot! There are so many different types of classes you can take that pertains to your interests, but classes that everyone has to take are general education classes. Even if you're not very...” – Noelani from Manchester, NH

University of Southern Maine

The University of Southern Maine is a public institution with three regional campuses. USM confers bachelor’s degrees in 54 academic majors and is one of two universities in the state to offer an ABET accredited Computer Science degree program. USM...

“…USM is a state school so it's not crazy fancy, but it's good enough for me! It's a cheap state school and the campuses are beautiful. I love the atmosphere.” – Meghan from Wells, ME

The University of Dallas is a small, private Catholic institution based in Irving, Texas. The school offers programs in business, liberal arts, and ministry. A majority of students participate in study abroad programs and have traveled to places such...

“…This University is definitely a challenge. You will learn to make connections between two or more subjects you're studying simultaneously, and can therefore more easily apply your knowledge to everyday life and your future career...UD is big on the...” – Amanda from Clint, TX

Methodist University

Methodist University is a private institution based in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The school is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and has a “selective” admissions process. Many students choose to study accounting, biology, or fire...

“…It has a beautiful campus, and is easily accessible. Very progressive in its future endeavours. All around a fun, and worth while University to attend.” – Ben from Cameron, NC

Mississippi College

Founded in 1826, Mississippi College is the oldest university in the state and has “more selective” admissions. It is affiliated with the Baptist Church and houses the Provone Chapel, which was used as a hospital during the Civil War. It hosts the...

“…I will give Mississippi College a 9 out of 10. They're friendly and nice to everyone, and they actually help you with anything you need to get more money for tuition and fees. Overall great college.” – Samuel from Gautier, MS

SUNY at Fredonia

SUNY at Fredonia is a 4-year public liberal arts college in western New York State and part of the State University of New York system. Fredonia encompasses colleges of Liberal Arts, Education, Business, Music, and Performing Arts conferring...

“…All the teachers make themselves available for the students 24/7. If they aren't in their office, they are always reachable by e-mail or phone. They have flexible schedules so if you can't meet with them during their office hours then they schedule a...” – Amoree from Liverpool, NY

Daemen College

Founded by the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, Daemen College is a 4-year, now nonsectarian, private school in the Buffalo-Niagara region of New York State. Daemen grants undergraduate degrees in 23 academic majors and all...

“…All of the teachers I have had so far are very knowledgeable and helpful” – Thomas from Buffalo, NY

College of the Ozarks

With campus a short distance from Lake Taneycomo, the College of the Ozarks is an evangelical Christian liberal arts college in southwest Missouri. College of the Ozarks grants undergrad degrees in 28 academic majors and all courses feature a Christ...

“…I know I will learn a lot here because you have most of the the things I want to partake in. ” – Natalie from virginia, IL

The University of the Arts

The University of the Arts is a private visual and performing arts institution. It was founded in 1876 and is one of the oldest art schools in the nation. Popular majors include dance, illustration, and music performance. The university provides an...

“…The University of the Arts is a wonderful institution for those reaching a higher education in the performing and visual arts, etc. As a top choice school, UArts has a very happening jazz department and is full of high-caliber musicians to challenge...” – Trevor from Bethlehem, PA

Columbia College is a 4-year coeducational liberal arts institution in central Missouri. Columbia offers bachelor’s degrees in over 30 academic majors, as well as 10 associate degree-granting programs and eight master’s degrees. Additionally,...

“…The professors here are great at what they do! I come from a pretty studious background, and many people thought college would be way too easy for me, but I am being challenged every day, and constantly learn new things!” – Jessica from Mexico, MO

Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a private liberal arts and sciences college located in Franklin, Indiana, about 20 miles from downtown Indianapolis. Franklin's 207-acre campus features 50 majors to choose from that uphold the FC common set of...

“…Franklin College is providing me with an amazing experience. The professors have proven to want to help me be better at what I want to do in my career. I have zero complaints about the college.” – Timothy from Camby, IN

Bennington College

Bennington College is a private liberal arts institution located in the rural town of Bennington, Vermont. It is a nonsectarian institution with a “selective” admissions process. All students must complete an annual 7-week internship through the...

“…I recently had a tour at Bennington College and I also attended an information session. The impression I got was that Bennington College offers students an amazing education for several reasons: 1. Students learn what they want to learn: Students...” – A high school senior from northern VT

Marlboro College is a 4-year liberal arts college with a campus nestled in the heart of southern Vermont’s scenic Green Mountains. Marlboro offers a standard array of degree fields, but more than half of the student body opts to take an...

“…There are a lot of intellectuals on campus, and everyone seems to be a self-created expert in something. Just a casual conversation with someone over lunch can be a stimulating experience.” – wendalement

Shawnee State University

Shawnee State University is a public institution situated in Portsmouth, Ohio, with a “selective” admissions process. SSU students can apply for the Honors Program or take advantage of an accelerated program, which can lead to completion of...

“…Shawnee has taught me so much. Not only about my major and the classes I'm in, but about myself as a person. I'm constantly being pushed to my limit and my professors have guided me to succeed and didn't stop until I had. I feel as though they are...” – Nicole from Hamilton, OH

The University of Tampa

The University of Tampa is a 4-year private university with a campus in the heart of downtown Tampa. UT features a Four College Model consisting of colleges of Business, Arts, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. For students who wish to learn in...

“…I'm actually a transfer student. So I've experienced an out of state college before. I'm now living at home and decided to give UT a chance. The class sizes vary but are usually very small so the teachers know you by name. They are very flexible with...” – Caitlin from Clearwater, FL

Maryland Institute College of Art

Established in 1826, the Maryland Institute College of Art is one of the oldest visual arts colleges in the nation. Located in Baltimore, MICA offers 19 majors in artistic fields such as Drawing, Ceramics, and Printmaking as well as Liberal Arts...

“…The same can be said for many schools, but the education one receives at an art school especially varies from student to student on how seriously they take themselves and their work. After two years at MICA, I can definitely say that it's sometimes...” – Michelle from NJ

University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

Originally founded as a pair of state-chartered textile schools, the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth is a public school in southeast Massachusetts and a campus of the UMass system. UMass Dartmouth is home to seven colleges and schools...

“…I am only a freshman here and I love it already! Academically I enjoy attending my classes. I have many friends who moan and groan about going to class and I am EAGER to do so here! I have 4 classes now in lecture halls of about 200 students but the...” – female from Brockton, MA

San Francisco Art Institute

Founded in 1871, the San Francisco Art Institute is a college of contemporary art and the oldest art school in the western United States. SFAI confers undergraduate degrees in eight artistic fields of study such as Printmaking and Sculpture. All...

“…This college has incredibly talented teachers that are still working in their field. There has also been many famous artists that have graduated from this school.” – Gail from SF, CA

Anderson University (SC)

Anderson University is a Christian liberal arts college in western South Carolina with close ties to the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Anderson is home to nine colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in 36 academic majors and all...

“…Not only do the teachers push you mentally in class, they are willing to help you with projects outside of class. They want you to succeed and will do what it takes to see you reach your goals and get closer to your calling. Opportunities to learn...” – Sarah from NY

Carson-Newman University

Founded in 1851, Carson-Newman University is a liberal arts institution associated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention and located in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Carson-Newman runs the Bonner Center, which promotes justice, social change, and faith,...

“…I am learning so much at Carson-Newman College. The professors are wonderful and really strive for excellence within their classrooms. They really care about their students and how well they perform in the classroom. They take the time to get to know...” – Margaret from Dahlonega, GA

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Founded in response to a 19th century state edict requiring city public schools to include classes on drawing, the Massachusetts College of Art & Design is an art school in Boston. MassArt confers a Bachelor of Arts degree featuring 18 artistic...

“…I am learned so much about art and about myself as an artist. MassArt starts with a studio foundation year which helps students sharpen their skills and find out what they want to do (you don't have to declare your major untill the second semester)....” – Deanna from Newington, CT

Brigham Young University-Hawaii

Founded and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young University-Hawai’i is a 4-year private university on O’ahu that integrates secular and spiritual learning. BYU-Hawai’i is home to colleges of Arts & Humanities,...

“…The classes are only the beginning; I am learning SO much from the diverse student and faculty body at this institution. There are students from over 70 countries represented here, and it leads to many wonderful intercultural learning opportunities. ” – Cammie from Laie, HI

Cleveland Institute of Art

The Cleveland Institute of Art is a college of arts, media, and design in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood. CIA confers degrees in 15 artistic majors such as Animation, Game Design, and Ceramics. In addition, CIA requires all students to...

“…The area and student body is so diverse you're bound to be entertained. There are so many areas around University Circle to explore including Coventry and Little Italy, and the Art and Natural History museum are excellent resources. So many studio...” – Maria from Struthers, OH

SUNY at Purchase College

SUNY at Purchase College is a 4-year public school in the New York City metro area and part of the State University of New York system. SUNY Purchase is home to schools of The Arts, Liberal Arts & Humanities, and Liberal Studies granting bachelor’s...

“…This is a great college for anyone studying any of the Visual Arts. There are endless resources available. ” – Kara from Purchase, NY

The New York Academy of Art is a private, graduate education institution established in lower Manhattan. The college’s 2-year, 60-credit MFA program revolves around the practice of progressive and metaphorical art, with concentrations in painting,...

State University of New York at New Paltz

The State University of New York at New Paltz is 4-year public liberal arts institution in the Hudson Valley region of New York State and the area’s only residential public university. SUNY New Paltz is home to seven degree-granting colleges and...

“…This is my first semester at New Paltz and I do feel like I am learning a lot. It's a liberal arts college, so there is a great variety of choices of classes to suit you. My professors are all very intelligent and have great styles of teaching, so it...” – Brianna from Wappingers Falls, NY

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...

“…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

Tabor College

Tabor College is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Hillsboro, Kansas. Students are required to attend chapel, and recordings of chapel events are available online as podcasts. The campus features the Tabor College library, which...

“…I am learning a lot at Tabor College, but while I am learning in the class I'm also learning about life outside of college and how to be a better person when i leave Tabor. College definitely is a time to mature and grow in your thinking as well as...”

Art Academy of Cincinnati

The Art Academy of Cincinnati is a private, 4-year institution established in the state of Ohio. As one of the country’s smallest 4-year art colleges, students attending The Art Academy benefit from individualized support networks, guaranteed studio...

“…The AAC is by far one of the most artistic places I have ever seen. They want you to grow in your own vision, not a cloan trained classicly. Freedom, expression, and originality are the best three words to describe the AAC.” – Douglas from Milford, OH

Pacific Northwest College of Art

The Pacific Northwest College of Art is a school of art and design and the only arts college in Portland. PNCA confers undergraduate degrees in 11 artistic fields of study such as Creative Writing, Graphic Design, and Sculpture. Additionally, PNCA...

“…It's a pretty great school. There aren't many students so the community is pretty close. The teachers are always willing to help and give great advice.” – Jazmine from Maywood, CA

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...

“…The teachers here are really focused on helping students learn and are always open to discuss any problems you have. Also, the classes are stimulating and very interesting. Classes are small and everyone knows each other in the class and this helps...” – Running Guy

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...

“…The small student to teacher ratio will be great. Offer may different types of programs.” – Jacqueline from Bartlett, IL

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....

“…I am deeply passionate about art. I have been drawing since i was a baby, and my love for creating has only grown since then. My technical skills were sub par prior to attending CCA. In my first semester i learned how to draw, how to REALLY draw. it...” – Matthew from Oakland, CA

Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion

Indiana Wesleyan University is a Christian institution affiliated with the Wesleyan Church that offers liberal arts and professional education. Founded in 1920 as Marion College, IWU still calls Marion its home and is the largest private university...

“…I have learned very much from my time at IWU. I am a Christian Worship major with an emphasis in Media, which basically means I'm training to become a media leader within the the Church. Many of my classes, especially Media Scriptwriting, Radio...” – Randall from Goode, VA

Bethany College

Bethany College Kansas is a private, Lutheran, liberal arts institution in the city of Lindsborg. The campus and its surrounding areas are rich with cultural tradition and Swedish heritage, making Bethany College an epicenter for students of art and...

“…i thought the people at bethany were very helpful when i attended early registration.” – Viktoria from Keenesburg, CO

Kansas Wesleyan University

Kansas Wesleyan University is a private, 4-year institution established in the city of Salina. KWU offers students the opportunity to learn and travel with their Wesleyan Journey program, which awards course credit through experiential learning. The...

“…The teachers are amazing. The classes are small enough that the teacher knows your name, is willing to help you individually, and you know most of your classmates both in the classroom and out of it. The teachers have a way of covering the same topic...” – Shelby from Hutchinson, KS

Maine College of Art

Founded in 1882, the Maine College of Art is a private school of art and design in coastal Maine. Situated in the Arts District of Portland, MECA confers bachelor’s degrees in 11 artistic majors including Photography, Ceramics, and Illustration. In...

“…Reading from other reviews, I know I'll learn a lot, not only in Illustration, but in other forms of art too. They have an awesome Foundations program, and just by reading the curriculum, I know I'm going to learn more and more about art.” – Ana from the Southern Realms of Jersey

Montserrat College of Art

Montserrat College of Art was founded by working creative professionals and operates on the tenet that “the practice of art, design, research, and creative enterprise has intrinsic value.” Montserrat confers Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFAs) in a variety...

“…I think this school has a lot to offer the artistic mind.” – Sara from, VT

“…MCA gives an individualized education. Great for people who prefer a small classroom and teachers that actually care about you. More conceptually based than most other art colleges.” – Elena from Memphis, TN

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is a private, joint museum and educational institution established in Philadelphia. PAFA offers several types of BFA and MFA programs in five areas of study: drawing, illustration, painting, printmaking, and...

“…The small size classes allow for more focused concentration to get projects done. There is a close network of students and instructors. The school's location is great. Major museums such as the Rodin museum, The Barnes Foundation, and The...” – Matilda from Philadelphia, PA

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

With campus sharing a block with the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design is a private 4-year art school. MCAD confers undergraduate degrees in 14 art and design-related majors and is one of the few art institutions...

“…MCAD is really great in its curriculum - freshmen have to take mostly foundation classes, but they all pertain to your major . . . meaning, there are no science or math courses you are required to take. Classes are small - usually less than 20...” – Emily from Watertown, SD

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design is a professional art school based in the Historic Third Ward district of Milwaukee. MIAD provides students their own studio space starting sophomore year.  The most popular majors are graphic design,...

“…The best part is you're not getting taught by TA's. You're instructors are all specialists in their subjects, so you know you're getting a great education. It's also great how much they emphasize liberal studies. I know from previously going to a...” – Pia

The Cranbrook Academy of Art is a private, graduate institution established on the 319-acre campus of the Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The Academy provides graduate study opportunities in eleven departments including...

The American Academy of Art is a small, private, 4-year institution established in Chicago, Illinois. The Academy offers nine bachelor’s degree programs: Illustration and Digital Illustration, Life Drawing, Oil or Watercolor Painting, Graphic Design,...

Founded by the Bishops of Puerto Rico, the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico is a Catholic school in Ponce providing education to students of all faiths. PCUPR is home to seven academic schools including a recently added School of...

“…I've been here since I graduated from High School.” – JOSE from ADJUNTAS, PR

Established in 1912, Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San German is a private, 4-year institution located in southwestern Puerto Rico. The college offers over 30 undergraduate programs and 15 postgraduate programs, awarding degrees from an...

“…The Inter American University of Puerto Rico, San German campus is very beautiful and very fun place to be. There you make a lot of friends and you feel accepted. The best this about this university is that when you graduate from there, you will...” – Madeline from Puerto Rico

Established in 1965, the School of Plastic Arts and Design of Puerto Rico is a public, 4-year institution located in San Juan. The college offers a bachelor’s degree program in Plastic Arts, with concentrations available in Graphic Arts, Industrial...

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,...