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 students are supported in their creative pursuits through digital CADD technology, opportunities to showcase their work, artistic studios, and more.
Asbury University is a 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 traditional majors in Art & Design, Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, and Sculpture as well as more modern majors like Audio Production, Film Production, Multimedia Production, and Television & Video Production. Asbury’s School of Communication Arts also offers a 4+1 program, allowing students to finish their bachelor’s degree then receive a Master of Arts in Digital Storytelling in as little as one additional year.
Emerson College is a private coeducational institution located in the heart of the Theatre District in Boston, Massachusetts. With 3,813 undergraduates, 633 graduate students, and a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, the College offers more than two dozen majors as well as 30 minors, including Media Art Production, Theatre Design/Technology, Individually Designed Interdisciplinary Programs, and more. Students dive right in and start working with talented mentors, collaborators, crew members, and sophisticated, state-of-the-art equipment from day one.
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, the College offers majors in Architectural Studies, Art Therapy, Graphic Design, Interior Architecture, Photography, and 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 and a 17:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers arts-based 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, and 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 offers majors in Art History, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Fine Arts, Games & Emerging Media, Media Studies & Production, and Studio Art, with minors in Cinema Studies, Graphic Design, Interactive Media, and Photography. Additional concentrations include Animation, Digital Arts, Fashion Business, Fashion Promotion, Film & Television, and Interactive Media & Game Design.
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, this campus offers students 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 and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers majors in Art; Art History; Cinema, Television & Emerging Media; Digital Media & Video Production; and Theatre Design & Technology, plus minors in Art History, Arts for Communities, Arts Management, Fashion Studies, Graphic Design, Photography, and Studio Arts. MMC takes advantage of its city locale through courses like The Galleries of New York and New York Artists.
New York University
New York University is one of the largest private universities in the country, located in the heart of Greenwich Village in New York City, New York—with additional degree-granting campuses in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi. Majors, minors, and concentrations include Studio Art, Digital Art & Design, Game Design, Interactive Media Arts, Photography & Imaging, and individualized study in Visual Arts or Design & Media. Studio art practice and the study of art throughout history come together in a two-track program at NYU Abu Dhabi, while Interactive Media Arts majors at NYU Shanghai make discoveries that push the boundaries of visual expression.
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 the top five art, design, and architecture schools in the world.
Richmond, The American International University in London
Richmond, The American International University in London is a private international liberal arts university with campuses in Richmond-upon-Thames and Kensington, England. With more than 1,000 students from over 100 countries and 60+ nationalities represented, the University offers several Bachelor of Arts programs through the School of Communications, Arts, and Social Sciences, including Art History & Visual Culture, Film Studies, and more. Students can complement their studies in London with a semester, year, or summer session in Italy at the University’s international study centers in Florence and Rome, with courses offered in both Fine Art and Studio Art.
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, students can 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 plus art and design gallery exhibitions.
Stevenson University is a private coeducational institution in Stevenson, Maryland—about 20 miles from Baltimore. With approximately 3,000 undergraduates and a 16:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers majors in Business Communication, Communication Studies, Fashion Design, Film & Moving Image, and Graphic Design through the School of Design, with minors offered in some of these fields as well as Art and Photography. The new Owings Mills North Campus offers state-of-the-art equipment to help students hone their craft.
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