U.S. Graduate Arts and Arts Education Resources

Students pursuing a graduate program in art may earn a Master of Arts (MA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Art. Degree titles vary by institution and academic program. Graduate students usually choose among a variety of degree concentrations in the field, such as painting, sculpture, illustration, engraving, fashion design, interior design, ceramics, glass, textiles, wood, metal, art history, art therapy, media arts, art administration, decorative arts, museum studies, etc.

A degree in art may lead to professional opportunities such as: painter, sculptor, illustrator, cartoonist, sketch artist, museum curator, graphic designer, web designer, marketing, package designer, design strategist, jewelry designer, glass maker, pottery craftsmen, filmmaker, character designer, 3-D animator, game designer, art teacher, art therapist, and more.

Graduate Programs
If you are considering continuing your education in this field, you should become familiar with academic trends and current developments in the arts. Read up on your field of interest and consider the existing research of professors in matching your academic and career goals with the right institutions for you. EducationUSA centers provide advising services and a broad collection of materials to assist students searching for schools and financial aid possibilities. Find the EducationUSA advising center nearest to you. Many centers conduct outreach and offer advising virtually as well as in person.

While researching accredited colleges and universities that offer art programs, prospective students, particularly at the graduate level, should also identify academic programs with professional accreditation. The professional accrediting organization for art is the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Associations and organizations affiliated with the study of art: