Art Schools Offering Painting, Drawing and Illustration Programs

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In 2017, we reviewed 171 art colleges offering painting, drawing and illustration programs. The most painting and drawing schools and colleges are in California (31 schools), New York (13 schools), Michigan (11 schools), Pennsylvania (10 schools), and Massachusetts (9 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 four stars for curriculum and five-star rating for teaching.

Best-Art-Colleges.com ranking of the Best 50 painting and drawing schools is below. To learn about all painting and drawing schools, narrow your search by state or desired diploma.


Top 50 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

Pratt Institute - Art School Ranking
5. Pratt Institute

Brooklyn, New York

Virginia Commonwealth University - Art School Ranking
Massachusetts College of Art and Design - Art School Ranking
Syracuse University - Art School Ranking
8. Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

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

Boston, Massachusetts

University of Washington Seattle - Art School Ranking
Temple University - Art School Ranking
13. Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The New School - Art School Ranking
14. The New School

New York City, New York

University of Houston - Art School Ranking
Brigham Young University Provo - Art School Ranking
Washington University in St Louis - Art School Ranking
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign - Art School Ranking
18. University of Illinois

Champaign, Illinois

University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras - Art School Ranking
George Washington University - Art School Ranking
20. George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia

University of Miami - Art School Ranking
21. University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida

School of The Museum of Fine Arts Boston - Art School Ranking
University of Oregon - Art School Ranking
University of Michigan Ann Arbor - Art School Ranking
Academy of Art University - Art School Ranking
25. Academy of Art University

San Francisco, California

Georgia State University - Art School Ranking
School of Visual Arts - Art School Ranking
27. School of Visual Arts

New York City, New York

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth - Art School Ranking
28. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

California College of The Arts - Art School Ranking
29. California College of the Arts

San Francisco, California

Ferris State University - Art School Ranking
30. Ferris State University

Big Rapids, Michigan

The University of The Arts - Art School Ranking
31. The University of the Arts

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

San Francisco Art Institute - Art School Ranking
32. San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco, California

University of Hartford - Art School Ranking
33. University of Hartford

West Hartford, Connecticut

Art Academy of Cincinnati - Art School Ranking
College For Creative Studies - Art School Ranking
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design - Art School Ranking
Laguna College of Art and Design - Art School Ranking
37. Laguna College of Art and Design

Laguna Beach, California

Rochester Institute of Technology - Art School Ranking
Lesley University - Art School Ranking
39. Lesley University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

State University of New York at New Paltz - Art School Ranking
Marywood University - Art School Ranking
41. Marywood University

Scranton, Pennsylvania

SUNY at Purchase College - Art School Ranking
Pacific Northwest College of Art - Art School Ranking
Kent State University at Kent - Art School Ranking
Ohio University - Art School Ranking
Northern Arizona University - Art School Ranking
Cranbrook Academy of Art - Art School Ranking
47. Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Daemen College - Art School Ranking
48. Daemen College

Amherst, New York

The University of Texas at El Paso - Art School Ranking
Texas Christian University - Art School Ranking


Painting & drawing schools by state:

Schools by State1 Painting and Drawing Schools in Alabama3 Painting and Drawing Schools in Arizona2 Painting and Drawing Schools in Arkansas31 Painting and Drawing Schools in California3 Painting and Drawing Schools in Colorado4 Painting and Drawing Schools in Connecticut1 Painting and Drawing Schools in Delaware5 Painting and Drawing Schools in Florida6 Painting and Drawing Schools in Georgia2 Painting and Drawing Schools in Idaho7 Painting and Drawing Schools in Illinois3 Painting and Drawing Schools in Indiana2 Painting and Drawing Schools in Iowa3 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 Maryland9 Painting and Drawing Schools in Massachusetts11 Painting and Drawing Schools in Michigan1 Painting and Drawing Schools in Minnesota1 Painting and Drawing Schools in Mississippi4 Painting and Drawing Schools in Missouri1 Painting and Drawing Schools in MontanaNo 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 Mexico13 Painting and Drawing Schools in New YorkNo Painting and Drawing Schools in North CarolinaNo Painting and Drawing Schools in North Dakota7 Painting and Drawing Schools in OhioNo Painting and Drawing Schools in Oklahoma2 Painting and Drawing Schools in Oregon10 Painting and Drawing Schools in Pennsylvania2 Painting and Drawing Schools in Rhode Island2 Painting and Drawing Schools in South Carolina1 Painting and Drawing Schools in South Dakota2 Painting and Drawing Schools in Tennessee7 Painting and Drawing Schools in Texas2 Painting and Drawing Schools in Utah2 Painting and Drawing Schools in Vermont1 Painting and Drawing Schools in Virginia3 Painting and Drawing Schools in Washington1 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: 34 schools
Associate's Degrees: 33 schools
Bachelor's Degrees: 119 schools
Master's Degrees: 28 schools

Painting & drawing schools by region:

Northeast: 43 schools
Midwest: 42 schools
South: 36 schools
West: 50 schools

Other art programs:

General Fine Arts: 1,438 schools
Sculpture Art: 83 schools
Performing Arts: 1,316 schools
Design and Animation: 1,277 schools
Applied Arts: 104 schools
Digital Arts: 497 schools
Arts Management: 321 schools
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