It’s said that life inspires art—and what better place to get inspired than in art school? (Or at least a college or university with a great visual arts program.) With so many programs across the country to explore, where do you start? Right here, of course! Below you’ll find amazing schools that offer visual arts majors throughout the Eastern US. This is a great place to get to know colleges and universities quickly and see if they offer programs you’re interested in.
But that’s not even the best part! You’ll find a brief overview of each school’s visual arts offerings on this page, but if you want more info, each school name is linked to their CollegeXpress profile so you can learn more. Better still, you can click the green “Connect me” button below each school to have your CollegeXpress profile information sent directly to the admission office—then they’ll reach out to you with more information. There are so many ways to research and learn about schools on CX, so let’s get started.
Albright College is a church-affiliated coeducational liberal arts college in Reading, Pennsylvania—45 miles from Philadelphia. With an enrollment around 1,650 and a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, the College offers more than 50 programs of study, including Costume Design, Design & Merchandising, Photography, and more. Albright arts students are supported in their creative pursuits through digital CADD technology, opportunities to showcase their work, artistic studios, and more.
Asbury University is private Christian liberal arts university in Wilmore, Kentucky—15 miles south of Lexington. With an undergraduate enrollment of 1,225 and a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, Asbury offers visual arts students traditional majors in Art & Design, Ceramics, Creative Arts for Worship, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography Digital Imaging, and Sculpture as well as more modern majors like Audio Production, Film Production, Media Production, Multimedia Production, Production Design, and Television & Video Production.
Endicott College is a private coeducational university in Beverly, Massachusetts—20 miles north of Boston. With a total enrollment of 5,082 and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, students can major in Architectural Studies, Art Therapy, Graphic Design, Interior Architecture, Photography, or Studio Art. Endicott’s School of Visual & Performing Arts is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and the Interior Architecture program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).
Fashion Institute of Technology
The Fashion Institute of Technology is a public institute of art, design, business, and technology in Midtown Manhattan, New York. With 2,160 visual arts students and a 16:1 student-faculty ratio, FIT offers 17 specialized Art & Design degree programs ranging from Fine Arts, Toy Design, and Photography to Animation, Interactive Media, and Game Design. FIT also provides opportunities for professional consultation, industry-sponsored competitions, and internships in the heart of New York City.
Kean University is a public university in Union, New York—just 12 miles from New York City. With a total enrollment of 14,309 students and a 17:1 student-faculty ratio, Kean offers visual arts programs through the Fine Arts Conservatory, the Michael Graves College, and, within the College, the Robert Busch School of Design. Students at Kean can major in Art Education, Fine Arts (accredited by NASAD), Graphic Design, Graphic Design: Interactive Advertising, Industrial Design, or Interior Design.
Marist College is a private, independent, comprehensive liberal arts college in New York’s Hudson Valley River, with a branch campus in Florence, Italy. With 6,738 students on campus and a student-faculty ratio of 16:1, Marist has majors in Art History, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Fine Arts, Games & Emerging Media, Media Studies & Production, and Studio Art. Minors are also offered in Cinema Studies, Graphic Design, Interactive Media, and Photography with additional concentrations in Animation, Digital Arts, Fashion Business, Fashion Promotion, Film & Television, and Interactive Media & Game Design.
Marist College, Florence Campus
Marist College’s Florence campus is a public coeducational school in Firenze, Italy. With a 15:1 student-faculty ratio and 25% of the student body coming from outside the US and Italy, students receive an international education in a US-style classroom with BA, BFA, and BS degree options in majors such as Digital Media, Fine Arts/Art History, Fine Arts/Studio Arts, Fashion Design, Interior Design, and Studio Arts. Art portfolios are required for students applying to the Fashion Design, Interior Design, and Studio Art programs.
Marymount Manhattan College
Marymount Manhattan College is a private liberal arts college in Midtown Manhattan, New York. With a student body of nearly 2,000 students and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, students can major in Art; Art History; Cinema, Television & Emerging Media; Digital Media & Video Production; and Theatre Design & Technology. Minors are offered in Art History, Arts for Communities, Arts Management, Fashion Studies, Graphic Design, Photography, and Studio Arts. MMC takes advantage of the city by offering courses like The Galleries of New York and New York Artists.
Pace University is a private comprehensive university with an urban campus in New York City and a suburban campus in Pleasantville-Briarcliff, New York—only 20 miles from the city. Through the Dyson College of Arts & Sciences, students can major in Art, Art History, Digital Cinema & Filmmaking, Directing, Film & Screen Studies, and Production & Design for Stage & Screen. The University also offers plentiful internship opportunities in the heart of New York City and a state-of-the-art Communications center for video production.
Pratt Institute is a private multipurpose institution with two campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York. Through the Schools of Architecture and Art & Design, students can major in Architecture, Art & Design Education, Communications Design, Critical & Visual Studies, Digital Arts, Fashion Design, Film, Fine Arts, History of Art & Design Industrial Design, Interior Design, Photography, and Writing. Pratt is recognized as one of top five art, design, and architecture schools in the world.
Sacred Heart University
Sacred Heart University is a private coeducational university—and the second-largest Catholic university in New England—with a main campus in Fairfield, Connecticut, and international campuses in Ireland and Luxembourg. With approximately 5,200 undergraduates enrolled, art students take foundational digital visual communication design and traditional fine arts courses through the College of Arts & Sciences, then choose to major or minor in Graphic Design, Illustration, or Studio Art. Sacred Heart also offers five art studios and art and design gallery exhibitions.
Stevenson University is a private coeducational institution in Stevenson, Maryland—about 20 miles from Baltimore. With approximately 3,000 undergraduate students and a 16:1 student-faculty ratio, Stevenson offers majors in Business Communication, Communication Studies, Fashion Design, Film & Moving Image, and Graphic Design through the School of Design. Students may also declare a minor in some of these majors as well as Art and Photography. The new Owings Mills North Campus offers state-of-the-art equipment to help students hone their craft.
The Cooper Union
The Cooper Union is a multipurpose private institution in Lower Manhattan, New York. Comprised of the Schools of Architecture, Art, and Engineering, Cooper Union offers BArch and BFA degrees, though the BFA doesn’t require choosing a major right away. Instead, students take a foundational year of art studies followed by course selection in subjects like drawing, painting, photography, and more. With a small enrollment of 952 students, Cooper Union features an 8:1 student-faculty ratio and small class sizes based around a culture of collaboration.
Western Connecticut State University
Western Connecticut State University is a comprehensive public university with two campuses in downtown Danbury, Connecticut. With an enrollment of 5,631 students and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, undergraduates can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, or Studio Arts through the School of Visual & Performing Arts. WCSU also offers students opportunities to work with professional artists and complete projects in its state-of-the-art studio.
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