Stroll the greatest gallery districts in any major city on the planet, and you will find the independent artists who make the great works you pass by. Most of these artists went to art school, and learned from the ground up how to let their visions become reality. Don’t let the competitive nature of the art world intimidate you. If you are truly great, your works will shine through. As with other majors, the quality and scope of a schools actual facilities should be a high priority.
"Learning the language of visual art and the skilled use of materials is approached largely as an experiential process at Warren Wilson. Being surrounded by the full spectrum of liberal arts – literature, sciences, history, music, theater, outdoor leadership, social work, and philosophy, along with work and community service opportunities – allows students to broadly explore and incorporate their ideas and experiences into their artwork. Likewise, having the creative technical skills and a solid understanding of the visual arts language prepares our students to respond creatively throughout their liberal arts education."
(Provided by: Warren Wilson College)
As a student of the visual arts, you will be exposed to a hands-on, product-oriented curriculum that provides you with the background of experience preferred by most graduate programs and a professional portfolio that is art-world ready. Weld steel sculptures, carve stone, pull prints from the press, paint, draw, collage, throw and sculpt pottery -- no matter how you get your hands dirty, you will work with professionals who do the same - active exhibiting artists and educators - and are there to help you realize your ambitions."
(Provided by: Newberry College)
"Through studies in art history, critical seminars and directed tutorials, students develop their awareness of the context of art today and its future possibilities. Students are encouraged to work across media and in ways that integrate with other studies. Each degree culminates in a focused concentration, based in intensive work and critical discussion that is individual and true to your ideas and ambition."
(Provided by: Southern Methodist University)
"Guided by a dynamic and energetic faculty, the program recognizes the past by honoring craft traditions and looks forward by embracing contemporary forms – a place where fibers, ceramics and metals are offered alongside painting and photography. Our range of art history courses puts studio practice into social and historic context."
(Provided by: Earlham College)
"The school’s students gain the techniques, skills, methodology, and vocabulary required for success as productive artists, designers, and scholars. imperative so that the professional expertise is not simply technical training—is development of the critical judgment and historical perspective needed to become a problem solver. Art and design history, melded with studies in the liberal arts and sciences, provides the context for stimulating intellectual and creative inquiry."
(Provided by: Pratt Institute)