All colleges and universities have financial aid offices that should be able to help you with this question. If you are a United States resident, two of the better sites for solid and unbiased information are www.finaid.org and www.fastweb.com. For specific information on governmental aid, visit studentaid.ed.gov. For more detailed financial aid application information visit, fafsa.ed.gov.
Graduates of art and design colleges are increasingly recognized as valuable sources of innovation and creativity in the corporate world; and more and more, people no longer follow linear career paths – artists become doctors and lawyers become artists… So, whether you are more entrepreneurial in nature and start your own business as an artist or designer, or work at a firm or company, the options are endless. For more information about specific careers paths specific to the areas of study typically offered at art and design colleges, please visit our Careers & Majors section.
You should attend the school that feels the most “right” to you. Your gut sense is usually a good indication of your ability to succeed in any given environment, taking into consideration your personal financial situation, the aid available to you, and any other personal factors – proximity to home and the type of campus environment desired. Whenever possible, it is important to get a sense of the people (faculty and students) and energy (campus feel, neighborhood, city) in the place you’ll inhabit before signing any dotted lines. These considerations are imminently more important than the college rankings of which the media are so fond.
There are essentially two types of art/design baccalaureate degrees offered – the BS or BFA and the BA. A BS or BFA offers a curriculum that is two-thirds studio art/design coursework and one-third liberal arts. A BA degree offers the reverse. If getting an intensive studio education is important to you, a BS or BFA is for you. If a studio education is a lesser priority than a liberal arts focus, than go for a BA. For more information about specific areas of study, please visit our Careers & Majors section.