So you want to follow your passion and pursue the arts? More power to you. But know it will be a long, tough road, and likely when your friends and family ask, “What’s your major?” and you tell them painting, or pottery, or creative writing, or the flute, you’ll get a blank stare and a slow head nod. But don’t let that discourage you! You can receive a top-notch education in the arts at any of these schools:
1. Rhode Island School of Design. Also known as RISD, this fine arts powerhouse was founded in 1877 and has been churning out internationally renowned artists ever since. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, it’s also located near prestigious Brown University, and the two schools have a special partnership. For instance, RISD students share academic resources with Brown students, which only makes a RISD education extra strong.
2. Berklee College of Music. What do pop sensations like John Mayer and Gavin Degraw have in common? They both attended Berklee, located in Boston, MA. The school is also known for jazz, rock, composition, and more. If music is your thing, then take this into account: collectively, alumni of Berklee have gone on to win 229 Grammy awards. While music is a hard field to break into, if you’re set on pursuing it as a lifestyle, then this just might be the school for you.
3. School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recently, Columbia University conducted a survey by polling America’s most influential art critics, deeming the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) the “most influential art school.” Home to countless art galleries and an expansive faculty, SAIC stays on the leading edge of the art world by offering classes in technology, design, performance, and much more.
4. University of California, Los Angeles. A fact to consider: of current alumni at this west coast school, 120 are currently proud members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Not a straight-up art school, the University of California might be a good option for those who don’t want to spread themselves to thin by attending a specialized institution. Respected especially for their fine arts curriculum, the school is also located in, well, Los Angeles, meaning students have access to one of the nation’s most vibrant, active and cultural cities.
5. New York University. If you’re a thespian, then New York University is your place. Home to the famous Tisch School of the Arts, the school’s theatre program is basically unmatched. Whether you’re into musicals, straight shows, or experimental theatre, you’ve got to love an NYU education. Also, when attending NYU, you’re in New York, meaning you can head on over to Broadway any time.