Art Schools Offering Painting, Drawing and Illustration Programs

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In 2015, we reviewed 140 art colleges offering painting, drawing and illustration programs. The most painting and drawing schools and colleges are in California (19 schools), New York (12 schools), Michigan (10 schools), Pennsylvania (9 schools), and Ohio (8 schools).

The best painting and drawing program in the United States is offered by Savannah College of Art and Design. That school has an excellent painting and drawing program evaluated with five stars for curriculum and five-star rating for teaching as well.

The Best 25 painting and drawing schools are below. To learn about all painting and drawing schools, narrow your search by state or desired diploma. Also, check the ranking of the top graphic schools in the United States.


Top 25 painting & drawing schools:

Savannah College of Art and Design - Art School Ranking
Maryland Institute College of Art - Art School Ranking
Rhode Island School of Design - Art School Ranking
3. Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, Rhode Island

Fashion Institute of Technology - Art School Ranking
4. Fashion Institute of Technology

New York City, New York

Georgia State University - Art School Ranking
Academy of Art University - Art School Ranking
6. Academy of Art University

San Francisco, California

School of Visual Arts - Art School Ranking
7. School of Visual Arts

New York City, New York

Virginia Commonwealth University - Art School Ranking
Massachusetts College of Art and Design - Art School Ranking
The University of The Arts - Art School Ranking
10. The University of the Arts

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

California College of The Arts - Art School Ranking
Syracuse University - Art School Ranking
12. Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

Minneapolis College of Art and Design - Art School Ranking
Boston University - Art School Ranking
14. Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design - Art School Ranking
Ferris State University - Art School Ranking
16. Ferris State University

Big Rapids, Michigan

Temple University - Art School Ranking
17. Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The New School - Art School Ranking
18. The New School

New York City, New York

College For Creative Studies - Art School Ranking
Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts - Art School Ranking
University of Hartford - Art School Ranking
21. University of Hartford

West Hartford, Connecticut

Marywood University - Art School Ranking
22. Marywood University

Scranton, Pennsylvania

University of Houston - Art School Ranking
Rochester Institute of Technology - Art School Ranking
The University of Texas at El Paso - Art School Ranking


Painting & drawing schools by state:

Schools by State1 Painting and Drawing Schools in Alabama2 Painting and Drawing Schools in Arizona2 Painting and Drawing Schools in Arkansas19 Painting and Drawing Schools in California1 Painting and Drawing Schools in Colorado4 Painting and Drawing Schools in Connecticut1 Painting and Drawing Schools in Delaware4 Painting and Drawing Schools in Florida6 Painting and Drawing Schools in Georgia2 Painting and Drawing Schools in Idaho5 Painting and Drawing Schools in Illinois2 Painting and Drawing Schools in Indiana2 Painting and Drawing Schools in Iowa2 Painting and Drawing Schools in KansasNo Painting and Drawing Schools in KentuckyNo Painting and Drawing Schools in Louisiana1 Painting and Drawing Schools in Maine1 Painting and Drawing Schools in Maryland7 Painting and Drawing Schools in Massachusetts10 Painting and Drawing Schools in Michigan2 Painting and Drawing Schools in MinnesotaNo Painting and Drawing Schools in Mississippi4 Painting and Drawing Schools in Missouri1 Painting and Drawing Schools in Montana1 Painting and Drawing Schools in NebraskaNo Painting and Drawing Schools in Nevada1 Painting and Drawing Schools in New Hampshire1 Painting and Drawing Schools in New Jersey2 Painting and Drawing Schools in New Mexico12 Painting and Drawing Schools in New YorkNo Painting and Drawing Schools in North CarolinaNo Painting and Drawing Schools in North Dakota8 Painting and Drawing Schools in OhioNo Painting and Drawing Schools in Oklahoma2 Painting and Drawing Schools in Oregon9 Painting and Drawing Schools in Pennsylvania2 Painting and Drawing Schools in Rhode Island1 Painting and Drawing Schools in South CarolinaNo Painting and Drawing Schools in South Dakota2 Painting and Drawing Schools in Tennessee5 Painting and Drawing Schools in Texas2 Painting and Drawing Schools in UtahNo Painting and Drawing Schools in Vermont1 Painting and Drawing Schools in Virginia2 Painting and Drawing Schools in Washington2 Painting and Drawing Schools in District of Columbia2 Painting and Drawing Schools in West Virginia3 Painting and Drawing Schools in WisconsinNo Painting and Drawing Schools in Wyoming


Painting & drawing schools by diploma:

Certificates: 22 schools
Associate's Degrees: 22 schools
Bachelor's Degrees: 103 schools
Master's Degrees: 28 schools

Painting & drawing schools by region:

Northeast: 37 schools
Midwest: 39 schools
South: 31 schools
West: 33 schools

Popular cities for painting & drawing schools:

New York City: 4 schools
Philadelphia: 4 schools
Boston: 3 schools
Atlanta: 3 schools
San Francisco: 2 schools
Providence: 2 schools
Cleveland: 2 schools
Washington: 2 schools
Chicago: 2 schools
El Cajon: 2 schools
Savannah: 1 school
Baltimore: 1 school
Beverly: 1 school
Old Lyme: 1 school
Scranton: 1 school
Syracuse: 1 school
El Paso: 1 school
Milwaukee: 1 school
Cincinnati: 1 school
West Hartford: 1 school

Other art programs:

General Fine Arts: 1,383 schools
Sculpture Art: 71 schools
Performing Arts: 1,348 schools
Design and Animation: 1,319 schools
Applied Arts: 87 schools
Digital Arts: 331 schools
Arts Management: 275 schools
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