What are the best universities for Art and Design?

21 Nov 2018 - Barni Homden

Why study an Art degree?

If you’re interested in developing a career as an artist, a degree in Art or Design is a great start. The art world is competitive, so a degree from a university respected in the subject 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 or designing clothes, an Art degree can help you share your creativity with the world.

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 Essex is ranked 5th in the UK for Art and Design (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019). Its BA in Art History is very flexible, as it can be studied alongside many other subjects. Essex also offers a popular MA Art History and Theory.

The University of Glasgow is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for Art and Design (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019). 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.

Also in the UK top 10 for Art and Design is Nottingham Trent University (Complete University Guide 2019). NTU offers a wide range of Art degrees, including Decorative Arts, Fashion Design, Fine Art and Textile 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.

The University of Brighton features in the UK’s top 20 universities for Art (Guardian University Guide 2019), 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 and Photography. Postgraduate degrees include Craft, Interior Design and Textiles.

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 should give graduates an excellent start to their career, as the University is ranked top 25 in the USA for Games Design (Princeton Review 2018)

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.

Use our handy degree finder to search for Art degrees and you could take the first step on the path to a successful career in the arts!


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