Top 7 Art & Design Schools in the World

Top 7 Art & Design Schools in the World

It takes hard work and training to master the skills needed to become a great artist. One of the best ways to hone these skills is to get a professional art degree, but if you’re gonna put your time and your money into pursuing an arts degree, you wanna make sure you’re going to the best school for your artistic future. So today, we’re gonna break down the top seven art and design schools in the world. (upbeat music) – Our number seven school is the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The institute offers both undergraduate and graduate art degrees, and attracts a big international student body, with about 1,000 students coming every year from outside the U.S. And, in addition to being one of the best art schools in the world, the institute also has one of the highest acceptance rates on our list, over 70%. But don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s easy to get in. The institute expects a full portfolio of your best and most recent work. Number six on our list is the Pratt Institute, which has campuses in Manhattan and Brooklyn, which allows students to take advantage of the amazing New York City art scene.

Pratt is perfect if you’re not sure what kind of art you want to pursue during college. You have the option to apply as undecided and then continue exploring once you arrive. Number five takes us across the pond to the University of the Arts in London. UAL attracts an exceptionally diverse crowd from over 130 countries, and it also encourages all sorts of creatives to apply, since the university has six colleges specializing in different fields, including fashion, media, communication, performing arts, and of course, art and design.

You get all the benefits of a specialized program, but with a much bigger, broader community attached. Number four is the Parsons School of Design at the New School, located in New York City. Considered the number one art school in the world in 2015, Parsons is an amazing place for people who like to challenge the status quo. The New School, as the name would suggest, is all about breaking with tradition and becoming active members in a rapidly changing world. But if you’re looking for an amazing arts school outside of a giant urban center, our number three school, RISD, might be your top choice.

The Rhode Island School of Design is located in Providence, Rhode Island, up on College Hill, with beautiful Brown University right next door. RISD students have the option to take many classes at Brown, and vice versa. The most popular majors at RISD include industrial design, graphic design, and film and animation, which makes a lot of sense, since Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, went there. – What would Stewie say about RISD? Wonderful, wonderful place to learn about the fine arts, and to learn about your own sexuality and how to grapple with certain uncertainties. – (laughs) That’s terrible.

Oh God. Our number two art school in the world is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which may be a surprise for some people, because MIT tends to have a reputation as a place with a lot of computers and robots, and yeah, it has technology in the name. But MIT has an amazing artistic scene, especially with the Center for Arts, Science, and Technology, aka MIT CAST, where artists work together with engineers and scientists to collaborate across fields. It’s very difficult to get into MIT, but the art programs are worth it if you can. And the number one art and design school on our list, is the Royal College of Art in London.

Entirely for graduate students, the RCA has six schools, with focuses on architecture, design, fine art, humanities, communication, and material. It is the place to go if you are looking to support yourself professionally as an artist. Over 93% of their graduates professionally support themselves working in the art and design industries, which, as anybody who has tried can tell you, is a very difficult accomplishment.

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