of the Arts, Valencia (CalArts)
Founded in 1961 by Walt and Roy Disney, the California Institute of the
Arts (CalArts) is America's first higher education institute to offer
undergraduate and graduate degrees in both the visual and performing arts.
CalArts was ranked in the top 10 for fine art schools, graphic design,
sculpture, photography and multimedia/visual communications by the 2008
News & World Report. CalArts houses 6 schools of art:
critical studies, dance, film/video, music and theater. It offers undergraduate
and graduate level programs. All undergraduate programs lead to a Bachelor
of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. All but one masters courses result in a Master
of Fine Arts (MFA) degree, (except aesthetics and politics which lead
to a Master of Arts (MA) degree). The Institute also offers a doctorate
in Musical Arts (DMA) through its performer-composer program at The Herb
Alpert School of Music at CalArts.
Annual Tuition Fee: $36,166.
Address: California Institute of the Arts,
24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355
of Art + Design, Laguna Beach
Founded in 1961, the Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) offers 5 undergraduate
majors and a graduate department. Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees
are offered in various types of art including
painting, drawing, illustration, graphic
design, game art and animation. As
part of the fine arts program, sculpture is offered. LCAD is only one
of a few art colleges which offer tuition in figurative sculpture from
foundation through to senior year. A graduate program awards a Master
of Fine Arts (MFA) in painting. Low tuition fees and access to financial
aid and scholarships make this an attractive college.
Annual Tuition Fee: $23,730.
Address: Laguna College of Art + Design,
2222 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Otis College of Art
and Design, Los Angeles
Founded in 1918 as a non-profit foundation, the Otis College of Art and
Design offers four year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees in fine arts
(painting, photography, sculpture and new genres); architecture/interiors/landscape;
communication arts (advertising design, graphic design and illustration);
digital media; fashion design; product design and toy design. All students
participate in the college's Integrated Learning program which involves
working in collaborative real-life situations within the community. Otis
also offers a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in fine arts, graphic
design, public practice (collaborative public works) and writing. Notable
former students include Disney cartoonists Wilfred Jackson (1906-88) and
John Hench (1908-2004, 'official portrait artist' to Mickey Mouse) as
well as Carlos Almaraz (1941-89, proponent of Chicano Arts Movement) and
Alison Saar (b.1956), sculptor, public artist and winner of the Guggenheim
Annual Tuition Fee: $32,200.
Address: Otis College of Art and Design,
9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Art Institute, San Francisco
Established in 1871, the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) is one of
America's oldest and most prestigious schools of higher education in contemporary
art. The school has 4 teaching centers: Art+Science, Media Culture,
Public Practice and Word/Text/Image. SFAI offers BA and MA degree program
in History and Theory of Contemporary Art, Urban Studies and Exhibition
and Museum Studies (MA). Also on offer are degrees in painting,
printmaking, sculpture, photography, film,
design & technology and new genres. Post-Baccalaureate Certificates
are also available.
Tuition Fee: $17,400 per semester.
Address: San Francisco Art Institute (Main Campus),
800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco 94133
The School of the
Arts and Architecture at UCLA, Los Angeles
The School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA (UCLA Arts) comprises
of 5 degree granting departments: Art; Design/Media; Architecture and
Urban Design; World Arts; Ethno-musicology and Music. The Department of
Art offers courses in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics,
art theory, photography and new genres (including performance art, video,
installation and non-studio work). A four year course leads to a Bachelor
of Arts (BA) degree. The graduate program offers a Master of Fine Arts
(MFA) in 6 areas of specialization: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture,
ceramics, new genre and interdisciplinary studio.
Annual Tuition Fee: Graduate $12,579.83;
Graduate Out-of-state students $27,681.83; Undergraduate $11,867.94; and
Undergraduate out-of-state students: $34,746.94.
Address: UCLA Department of Art, Broad Art Center,
Suite 2275, 240 Charles E. Young Drive,
Box 951615, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1615
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