Fine Art Colleges


Studying the fine arts in college or university can be a great choice for those hoping to become full-time, professional artists. Fine art colleges typically provide degree programs in several areas of the visual and performing arts, including dance, theater, painting, sculpture, photography, film, and graphic design. There are many large universities that offer degree programs in the fine arts, but it is important to know the difference between a designated fine art school and a university with a fine arts program.

In the United States, fine art colleges may be either designated art schools, or may be part of a college within a university, or may be a designated school in partnership with a larger university located nearby. While many large universities offer fine arts degrees, it is important to know that these schools place more emphasis on providing students with a well-rounded liberal arts education, whereas designated fine art colleges provide more focused programs that require more studio work and less generalized study within the liberal arts. For this reason, many fine art colleges typically award students with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, rather than a Bachelor of Art degree. Although these two degrees sound very similar, they are not the same. A Bachelor of Art degree functions as a more generalized degree, denoting that the graduate has received training and completed coursework in a variety of liberal arts courses, regardless of the choice of major. Typical BA programs require two-thirds study of liberal arts and one-third study of the visual arts program of choice. The Bachelor of Fine Art degree program requires two-thirds study in the visual art medium of choice and one-third study of liberal arts subjects. For students aspiring to become professional artists, a BFA from an accredited fine art college may be the best choice.

When choosing a fine art university, be sure to examine the program requirements. If you are more interested in spending time in the studio, creating art and honing your skills, you may wish to attend a designated fine art college. If you are unsure whether you want to pursue a career as a professional artist, consider attending a larger university with a fine arts degree program. These programs can be an excellent choice for students with a desire to complete studies in multiple disciplines.

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Kingman, AZ
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Holbrook, AZ
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Tucson, AZ
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Tempe, AZ
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Scottsdale, AZ
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Phoenix, AZ
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Forrest City, AR
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Hot Springs, AR
3698
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Searcy, AR
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Siloam Springs, AR
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Camden, AR
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Fort Smith, AR
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Rancho Cordova, CA
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Los Angeles, CA
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Sacramento, CA
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Bakersfield, CA
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Aptos, CA
15974
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Oakland, CA
1828
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Carson, CA
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Hayward, CA
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Santa Cruz, CA
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Ridgecrest, CA
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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Sonora, CA
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Compton, CA
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Sacramento, CA
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Yucaipa, CA
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El Cajon, CA
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Pomona, CA
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Torrance, CA
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Los Altos Hills, CA
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