Are there any really good colleges for the arts out there?I really want to go to one but I can't find good ones.

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marbar57 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with some of the prior posts that it all depends upon which branch of the arts you are interested in.  The Boston University College of Fine Arts looks like a good one to me as they offer degrees in visual arts, theater, and music. 

The College of Fine Arts has produced several good actors and actresses, both on stage and on television.  Some of the more popular ones are Emily Deschanel (TV series Bones), Jason Alexander (TV series Seinfeld), Michael Chiklis (movie The Shield), Yunjin Kim (TV series Lost), Julianne Moore (actress), and Marisa Tomei (actress).  It has also produced some notable performers in music across the country.  Perhaps you've heard of Konstantinos Papadakis (concert pianist), Eugene Izotov (Chicago Symphony oboist), and Ted Atkatz (Chicago Symphony percussionist). 

While I'm sure there are many other good schools across the nation, Boston University has the best of three worlds.  Check out their website and see if it's a good fit for you. 

stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You need to start your search by defining what aspect of "the arts" you wish to pursue. There are many outstanding programs available, but most colleges will have superior facilities and instruction in some facet of the arts rather than covering all areas. You may also need to consider where you wish to attend school and how much you can afford to pay for your training.

For example: if you want to pursue advanced training in the field of sculpture, you might look into Virginia Commonwealth University, Yale University, or the University of California-Los Angeles. If you are interested in vocal music performance training, consider Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music, or Julliard. For advanced schooling in drama, check into the American Conservatory Theater or The Actors Studio Drama School.

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Juliard, as mentioned above, is a famously good art school. California has a number of art colleges (Otis College and CalArts in the Los Angeles area). San Francisco has some well-known arts colleges as well.

Chicago also has an art school attached to the museum there, I believe, the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago has other arts colleges as well. You may want to look for schools geographically and go from city to city or region to region in your search. You might also look internationally. Paris is known for its art education...

wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would agree that you might want to start  by defining which type of art you are interested in.  Then, you will have better luck finding a college that specializes in that area.  For instance, there is a college in my area that has great interior design and theatre arts departments.  Their multimedia art department is not so great.  It will be difficult to select a good fit for you unless you narrow down which area of the arts you are interested in.

hannahbanana216 | Student

Kutztown in PA USA!

zyerx | Student

The above responses are excellent, however, I just wanted to add one important point to consider. While art colleges like Savannah College of Art and Design, Rhode Island School of Design, The Art Institute of Chicago, etc. are excellent schools for the arts, you may also want to consider institutions that have strong general education programs as well. One of the greatest assets of attending college is the opportunity to become well-rounded. And sometimes colleges that specialize only in arts will suffer in other areas such a writing, math and sciences. I'm speaking from personal observations when I attended an arts college for graduate school.

So if your goal is to become an artist, you will still need strong writing skills and if you intend to take part in the business side of the arts, math with also be a necessity. So while art colleges can offer a lot of wonderful opportunities, it may be worth looking into acquring gen ed classes from a more traditional university. Best thing you can do is research the insitutions and ask as many questions as possible!

ayeshanihal | Student

yes there  might some colleges who take arts so you can just search on the internet as i think.