Distance Learning Art Degrees

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Distance Learning Art Degrees
Distance learning art students major in fields such as illustration. (painting image by Linda Brotkorb from Fotolia.com)

Students with love of and aptitude for art can complete online art degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Online art programs teach the creative principles and computer skills needed to be competitive as fine artists, graphic designers, and animators; students are able to communicate with classmates and teachers via e-mail and online discussions.

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Academy of Art University

San Francisco-based Academy of Art University (AAU) offers a number of associates, bachelor's, and master's degrees in artistic disciplines through its online division. Prospective students can select from art majors, including animation, fine art, illustration, and graphic design. Programs can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, and online students can access courses 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Art majors complete a foundations program that provides a solid grounding in drawing, colour, and design. From this foundation students add skills in the specific major, be it rendering a floral pattern in a fashion design class or painting a portrait in a fine art course. Admitted students participate in online orientations that acclimate them to web-based learning; once enrolled, they are taught by the same instructors who lead courses on campus.

Academy of Art University 79 New Montgomery St., 4th Floor San Francisco, CA 94105 800-544-2787 academyart.edu

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

The online division of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh offers 16 bachelor's degrees, associates degrees, and diploma programs, including graphic design, interior design, and media arts. Courses can be completed in just over five weeks, accelerating progress toward the degree or diploma. Students study colour theory, drawing, and professional development, along with major-specific courses such as typography (graphic design) or computer animation (media arts and animation). Prospective students can register for an online class demo prior to applying or enrolling in the program; career services are available to assist students with finding employment after graduation.

Art Institute of Pittsburgh 420 Blvd. of the Allies Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1301 877-872-8869 aionline.edu

Full Sail University

Game art, computer animation, and graphic and web design degrees can be completed entirely online at Full Sail University. Portfolio development is an important part of Full Sail's online art degree programs, and students collaborate with instructors to select their best work to show to potential employers. Online art degree programs at Full Sail teach interactive design to graphic design majors, including fine arts to computer animation students and web standards to web design majors. Online students can access lectures, communicate with classmates, and keep track of assignments and grades via Full Sail's online learning platform.

Full Sail University 3300 University Blvd. Winter Park, FL 32792 888-993-7338 online.fullsail.edu

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