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Universities with solid art programs

BCPAMOMBCPAMOM 7 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
We live in PA and my rising junior is a very talented artist (drawing mostly). He doesn't want to go to an art school but rather a regular college that has a strong art program. He is still unsure if he wants to major in art or business. So, I'm looking for public or private schools that would have a good art program if he decides to go that way (or a dual major, etc..). Penn State is too big and he would prefer a suburban school preferably within 6 hours of Philadelphia. Does anyone have any suggestions? He is a good student 3.8 GPA , no standardized test scores yet.
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  • circuitridercircuitrider 3367 replies168 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    As a rising junior, DS has a lot of decisions to make. Does he want to double major in art and something else (if so, what's the something else?) Is he just looking to keep up his skills or does he also want to be surrounded by a large cohort of fellow artists? One other question I'd ask any future visual artist would be, how good are your computer skills?
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  • merc81merc81 10254 replies155 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
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    As other suggestions, American and Boston College are strong in art and business, and should seem sufficiently suburban for your son's setting preference.
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  • CACloverCAClover 61 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    My kid is similar to yours, a rising junior who wants to do animation but would prefer an art/film program at a university rather than an art college. This summer we visited and liked NYU Tisch, Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts, UCLA's Film department, and especially USC's School of Cinematic Arts. I realize your son isn't necessarily interested in film, but all four of these colleges have very strong art programs in general.
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  • merc81merc81 10254 replies155 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
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    Regarding his search in general, take note of which schools allow for flexibility when scheduling classes, and of which that impose significant restrictions. The presence of a top business school will offer little value to a student in the arts and sciences division if its courses are not generally available to him.
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  • JBStillFlyingJBStillFlying 6618 replies22 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    BU - although I believe the school of art is separate from the b-school. He might be looking at a dual degree in that case. LAC's such as Bard? They don't offer business, however. But some might have a joint program with a nearby university.
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