Fine Arts Colleges offer distinct curriculums dedicated to the arts. Students enrolled in a fine arts degree program are afforded the training and opportunity to explore their personal artistic skills and talents.

Fine arts programs include, but are not limited to, graphic design, painting, illustration, sculpture, textile design, printmaking, jewelry design, photography and film, glass blowing, and ceramics. Enrollees who complete a program in their chosen discipline will graduate with either a Bachelor or Master of Fine Arts.

There are several fine arts schools throughout the United States. Here are some of the most prestigious.

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Rhode Island School of Design, also known as RISD (pronounced Rizdee) is situated in the heart of historic Providence. It is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious institutions serving the arts community. RISD has a wide offering of programs and curriculums in the arts on both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Providence is a college town. Students at RISD can take advantage of liberal arts and culinary classes offered at adjacent Brown University and Johnson and Wales.

Parsons School of Design, New York, NY

Parsons School of Design has a unique approach to a fine arts education. The curriculum encourages cultural and humanitarian endeavors and collaboration on a global level with a focus on urban communities. Learning and exploration are project-based. Parson’s main campus is located in lower Manhattan for an intense immersion into an urban environment.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Il

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) was founded in 1866. The school is located adjacent to Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago. This exceptional institution is dedicated to artistic freedom and curriculum excellence. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at SAIC provides you a broad education that balances academic and studio coursework.

California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

California College of the Arts offers 22 undergraduate degree programs and 12 graduate programs. Like many of the top fine arts colleges, the school also offers study abroad programs. Students at College of the Arts are fortunate to have an 8 to 1 student-to-teacher ratio with most classes being less than 15 students. This allows for individual mentoring and nurturing of personal talents.

Pratt Institute, New York, NY

Pratt Institute makes the most of being located in New York City by encouraging students to use the city as a classroom with real-life experiences. Community integration is at the heart of the curriculum.

While at Pratt, your education will include collaboration and internships with top designers located in and around the city. Pratt has campuses in both Brooklyn and Manhattan offering programs in a variety of artistic disciplines.