Top Fine Art Colleges

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When choosing a fine art college, some factors to consider are geography, cost and, most importantly, the quality of the educational program in your area of specialisation. Here are the top three Master of Fine Arts programs, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2008 survey of educators involved in the arts. An overall list of top fine arts programs and, on a separate webpage, top colleges listed by area of specialisation, are both provided by U.S. News. While the colleges listed below are the top overall programs, the complete list offers a more geographically diverse selection of colleges as well as details of the strongest programs at these schools (see References).

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Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is located in Providence, RI, a mid-sized city that is up and coming. Ranked number one by U.S. News for its graphic design and glass programs, RSID offers 16 different graduate majors. Students benefit from frequent visiting artists and trips to the RISD museum collection. As of 2009, 400 graduate students attended RISD.

Yale University School of Art

Yale University, an ivy league school, has an associated school of art that is ranked number two overall by U.S. News and World Report's survey of art educators, who ranked it number one for both its painting and drawing and its photography programs. Yale is located in New Haven, Connecticut, a city with a community arts grant program.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago boasts a lively cultural scene that includes the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Its ranking is number three overall by U.S. News, and number two for its photography, painting and drawing, and fibre arts programs.

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