Going to college is probably one of the best investments one will ever make in their life. The annual list of the Top 10 Art colleges usually generates a lot of media hype and it is best for an applicant to decide whether an art college really matches his/her goals and interests rather than being influenced by the media.Some of the Top 10 Art colleges do not deliver on their promise and an applicant could end up being disillusioned if they rely solely on media hype.
First,the reputation of the faculty should be established. Are they the best in the industry? Are they cited in major art journals or won any distinguished awards?The next major factor should be the location of the college.A rural location may be okay for those who like serene locations whereas an urban location could be okay for those that like a fast paced environment. The cost of attending the college should also be a major factor in choosing a college.
When choosing a program to pursue at an art college, a number of factors are usually come into play.An applicant’s talent is one of the most important considerations. Some students are good in studio arts, others in design arts amongst other art specializations.The equipment and facilities for the program should be up to standard. The success of the program’s alumni will also be a strong indicator of a program’s reputation. Alumni success can be indicated by their job placement prospects. However, probably the most important consideration would be the cost of the program. Some programs usually do provide scholarships and grants for extremely talented students.
Did you know…
According to US News and World Reports the following are the top 2010 national schools offering art majors
1. Yale University – New Haven, CT
2. University of Chicago – Chicago, IL
3. Northwestern University – Evanston, IL
4. Brown University – Providence, RI
5. Rice University – Houston, TX
6. Vanderbilt University – Nashville, TN
7. University of California Berkeley – Berkeley, CA
8. Carnegie Mellon University – Pittsburgh, PA
9. Georgetown University, Washington, DC
10. University of California Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA