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Great Colleges and Universities for Visual Arts in the Northeast and South

These schools in the Northeastern and Southern US offer amazing Visual Arts programs. Your dream school could be only a button click away!

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 Northeastern and Southern 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's name is linked to its 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. 

Allegheny College

Allegheny College logoAllegheny College is a private national liberal arts college in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Around 1,800 undergraduates can choose from more than 900 program combinations in social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities, including majors and minors in Studio Art and Art, Science & Innovation. Whether you’re interested in the creative and critical study of theater, rhetoric, and media; discovering your passions in dance, music, or art; or performing on stage as part of the College’s Playshop Theatre, Allegheny encourages you to explore your artsy side through its programs, clubs, and organizations that allow you to express your artistic talents.

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College of the Holy Cross

College of the Holy Cross logoCollege of the Holy Cross is an exclusively undergraduate private liberal arts institution located on a 174-acre campus in Worcester, Massachusetts—around 50 miles from Boston. At Holy Cross, students design their own course of study with a curriculum consisting of common requirements, a major, and freely elected courses, which allows you to combine majors and/or add a minor or concentration. Art students can choose from an Art History path in areas of studies such as pre-1800, cross-cultural, modern and contemporary, architectural studies, and museum studies; or Studio Art with paths like drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and digital media and new media. 

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Emerson College

EmersonEmerson 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.

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Fashion Institute of Technology

Fashion Institute of TechnologyThe 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.   

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The George Washington University

The George Washington University logoThe George Washington is a private research institution in the federal section of Washington, DC. The University is home to more than 11,000 undergraduates studying in 75+ majors and 2,000+ courses, including programs in Art History, Dance, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Interactive Design, Interior Architecture, Music, Photography, Photojournalism, and Theatre. As a GW art student, we encourage you to think unconventionally and give you the tools and critical-thinking skills for a lifetime of innovative creative practice.

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Marymount Manhattan College

Marymount Manhattan CollegeMarymount 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. 

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New York University

NYUNew 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.

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Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University logoSacred 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 more than 9,000 pupils 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. 

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Interested in learning about even more great art schools? Check out the full list of featured Visual Arts School Profiles.

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