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What are the best universities for Art and Design?

11 Jan 2017 - Barni Homden

Why study an Art degree?

If you’re interested in developing a career in the art world, a degree in Art or Design is a great starting point. Becoming a professional artist is extremely competitive, so a good degree from a university that’s respected in the subject area could be a huge advantage. That's why we've compiled this list of the best universities for Art and Design degrees.

Art can take many forms, and may open the way to more career paths than you might think. Whether you’re interested in creating concept art for Hollywood movies, designing fashionable clothes, or working on adverts for the latest products, an Art degree can help you share your creativity with the world.

But what are the best universities for Art?

The UK has a long history of art and culture, and has been home to celebrated artists such as J.M.W. Turner and Damien Hirst. This is reflected in British academic institutions, many of which offer highly regarded Art degrees.

For instance, the University of Glasgow is ranked 8th in the UK for Art by the Times and Sunday Times good University Guide 2017. The University is renowned for degrees such as its master’s in Art History. It is also home to the Hunterian Art Gallery, which houses an impressive collection of artworks and frequently has exhibitions dedicated to world-famous artists.

The University of Brighton features in the UK’s top 20 universities for Art (Guardian University Guide 2017), and offers students a wide range of degree options for the subject. Its practical, careers-focused approach to Art and Design helps to give students an edge when they begin their art career.

The University offers undergraduate degrees such as Fashion with Business Studies, Fine Art Printmaking, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography and Textiles. Postgraduate degrees include Craft, Creative Media and Interior Design.

Also in the UK top 20 for Art is Nottingham Trent University (Complete University Guide 2017). NTU offers a wide range of Art degrees, including Decorative Arts, Fashion Accessory Design, Fine Art, Textile Design and Theatre Design. These degrees give students a great chance to specialise in their chosen career path and prepare for a successful transition from their degree studies to the workplace.

Art in America

Those interested in a career in animation or digital art should consider Northeastern University in the USA. Its Digital Arts and Game Design degree is ranked 12th in the country (U.S. News 2017), giving graduates an excellent start to their career.

Pace University in New York offers Art students a unique opportunity, courtesy of its location. New York City is home to a world-famous art scene, with numerous prestigious galleries and museums to visit, as well as thousands of artists’ studios.

In Oklahoma, the University of Tulsa offers students excellent facilities for the Arts. The city of Tulsa is also an artistic hotbed, packed with museums and galleries, and famous for its street art.

How to study Art in the UK or USA

Kaplan’s partner universities have great, varied degrees in the field of Art and Design, at both bachelor’s and master’s level. Many are available through a pathway course, which can help you prepare for university in another country.

Find Art degrees in the UK or use our US degree finder to find Art degrees in the USA, and you could take the first step on the path to a successful career in the arts.


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