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The Best Art Colleges on the East Coast

by Lisa Porter, Demand Media

    Overview

    Many of the nation’s best art colleges are located on the East Coast, including nine of the top fifteen schools in US News and World Report’s 2008 rankings of fine arts graduate schools. These schools also offer outstanding undergraduate degree programs. Professional art schools award Bachelor of Fine Arts ( BFA) degrees to undergraduates, while art schools within larger universities often offer Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees.

    Rhode Island School of Design

    The Rhode Island School of Design, commonly referred to as RISD, was ranked first in US News and World Report’s 2008 rankings of fine arts graduate programs. The school was founded in 1877. Undergraduates can choose from majors in 16 different fields, but all students must complete a one-year interdisciplinary foundation studies program before selecting a major. Undergraduates at RISD work toward a BFA degree. Prospective students can also apply to RISD’s dual degree program with nearby Brown University. Applicants must apply and be accepted to both schools to be able to participate in this program. Rhode Island School of Design 2 College Street Providence, RI 02903 (401) 454-6100 risd.edu

    Yale University School of Art

    Yale University’s School of Art was ranked second in US News and World Report’s 2008 rankings of fine arts graduate schools. The School of Art also houses an undergraduate major. Undergraduates at Yale can work toward a BA degree with a concentration in one of seven media. Art students at Yale also have the opportunity to study other fields or even complete a second major. Yale University School of Art 1156 Chapel Street New Haven, CT 06510 (203) 432-2600 art.yale.edu

    Maryland Institute College of Art

    The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), tied for fourth in US News and World Report’s 2008 rankings. MICA offers undergraduate degrees in 15 different fields as students work toward a BFA degree. All students must complete courses in the foundation department during their first year. You can complete a liberal arts minor in addition to a studio major if you wish. Maryland Institute College of Art 1300 W. Mount Royal Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21217 (410) 669-9200 mica.edu

    Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

    Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts tied for fourth in US News and World Report’s 2008 rankings and ranked first in among public university schools of art in that organizations 2009 ranking. Undergraduates can work toward BFA degrees in 13 different fields or BA degrees in five different fields. Art students at VCU can also study other fields within the university. VCU arts alumni have won Guggenheim Fellowships, Pollock-Krasner Awards, MacArthur Genius Grants and many other awards. Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts 325 N. Harrison Street Richmond, VA 23284 (804) 828-2787 vcu.edu/arts

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    About the Author

    Lisa Porter began writing professionally in 2009. She writes for various websites and has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.

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