Looking for a Career in Art?

Do you wish to be an Artist?
Are you looking for an art school?

Where does your talent lie?

What medium will you choose?


Animation, film making, photography, fashion design, graphic and web design, interior design, game development. When we think of art education in today’s world we have to add Digital Designing and Gaming.

My middle education did not include but I had developed a love for ceramics from my early primary school education. As a result, my high school education ended without any training or qualifications in art.

As fate will have it, I was given the opportunity to study art at Teachers Collage and except for three and a half years teaching, the rest of my life is devoted to creating art and managing an art gallery.

Foundation Course in Art

The course at the teacher’s collage offered a compulsory one year course in art in five disciplines: needle work, fabric printing, ceramics, painting, and sculpture. You were allowed to choose one discipline as your main subject for the remaining two years of a three-year course.

Today, art is so diverse that budding artists have many choices. If you are facing that choice, this article will serve you well and may help you find your passion.

Drawing: Pencil, Pen & Ink, Markers, Pastels, Chalk, Charcoal.

Painting: Watercolor, Acrylic, Oil, Airbrush.

Photography: Film, Digital, Video.

Print Making: Linocut, Woodcut, Etching.

Mixed Media: Collage, Assemblage, Fiber, Sand, Paper.

Weaving: Fabric, String.

Sculpture: Wood, Metal, Stone, Clay, Glass, Concrete.

Ceramics: Porcelain, Stoneware, Terracotta

Art Colleges and Universities

Let me deal with my passion first: sculpture. Perhaps you would like to engage in some training. There are many institutions in North America and Europe offering training. lists the top 50 art schools in America, 25 of which are listed below.

CUNNY-Hunter College

Florida State University

University of Denver

School of Visual Arts: NY

University of Florida: Gainesville, FL

Michigan State University: East Lansing MI

University of Buffalo: NY

The University of Texas: Dallas-Richardson, TX

Montclair State University: NJ

Pacific Northwest College of Art: Portland, OR

Pratt Institute School of Art & Design: Brooklyn, NY

Rhode Island School of Design: Providence, RI

Ringling College of Art and Design: Sarasota, FL

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Chicago, IL

Yale University School of Art: New Haven, CT

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign: Champaign IL

Suffolk University New England School of Art & Design: Boston, MA

CUNNY City College: New York, NY

Endicott College: Beverly MA

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

For what it’s worth, the Institution in the above list with the lowest acceptance rate was Yale University School of Art with an acceptance rate of 6% and the highest was Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with an acceptance rate of 98%. Ironically Pennsylvania also has the highest Room and Board costs: $16,720 and the lowest Room and Board Costs is the University of Michigan with Room and Board Costs just under $10,000.


Vancouver seems to be the most popular city for art colleges and universities in Canada. According to my limited research and firsthand knowledge, the average cost of room and board may range from 14,000 to 15,000 Canadian dollars per year with additional costs averaging another 4 to 5 thousand per year. There are also some great universities between 25 and 27 thousand.

Ontario College of Art and Design- OCAD-Toronto, Ontario

The Art Institute of Vancouver-Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Institute of Media Arts-Vancouver, BC

Emily Carr University of Art and Design-Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Film School –VFS, Vancouver, BC

Capilano University-Vancouver, BC

Seneca College-Toronto, Ontario

Max the Mutt College of Animation Art & Design-Toronto, Ontario

Visual College of Art and Design of Vancouver-VCAD-Vancouver, BC

Sheridan College –Oakville, Ontario

Nova Scotia’s College of Art and Design University-NSCAD, Nova Scotia

Center for Arts and Technology-Campuses in Kelowna, Fredericton, and Halifax

George Brown College-Toronto, ON

Alberta College of Art and Design-ACAD-Calgary

Centennial College-1 Toronto ON

Douglas College-New Westminster, Coquitlam, Colombia

University of Fraser Valley- Abbotsford; British Colombia

Ryerson University Toronto, Ontario

Lakehead University. Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Western University. London, Ontario.

University of Calgary.

University of Lethbridge

University of Alberta; Edmonton, Alberta

Fanshawe College- London, Ontario.

Dalhousie University

University of Waterloo. Waterloo, Ontario.

University of Saskatchewan.

Most college and university courses are three year courses but many of them offer shorter and special courses. Do an internet search of any on the list and view the details of all the interested courses. Where you live is also very important for your happiness, read all about your chosen city and what are the attractions, weather, and cost of food and accommodation.

When you have finished searching, please list your top five institutions in order of preference. Happy hunting.

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