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12 of the Top 20 schools offering Arts, Performing Arts, and Design programs in the world are in the US, According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject for 2019:

  • Stanford University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
  • Yale University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Princeton University
  • Columbia University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • UCLA
  • University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
  • New York University

8 of the Top 20 Art & Design programs are in the United States, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2019:

  • Parsons School of Design at The New School
  • Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) 
  • Pratt Institute
  • Art Center College of Design 
  • Stanford University
  • Carnegie Mellon University

7 of the Top 20 Performing Arts programs are in the United States, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2019:

  • The Julliard School
  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • New York University
  • Harvard University
  • Northwestern University
  • Yale University
  • Stanford University

5 of the Top 20 Architecture programs are in the United States, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2019:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • Columbia University
  • UCLA

More reasons to study Fine Arts/ Performing Arts/ Music in the USA

  • Students who study Fine and Performing Arts deeply engage with creativity and problem solving, while gaining highly regimented time management skills in order to constantly improve their art. 
  • Students take on valuable internships where they hone marketable professional skills in arts and non-profit organizations, galleries and museums, marketing and communications agencies, digital media groups, technology companies, graphic design firms and professional theatres.
  • In the digital age, designers are in demand when it comes to careers in marketing and visual communication, digital media production, social media management, product design, web design and user experience (UX)/ user interface (UI). 
  • Students in the Performing Arts areas may also elect specialized dual majors or minors in areas including Education, Counselling Psychology, Arts Administration or Music Business to connect their passions with far reaching career opportunities in the public, private or non-profit sectors.

Typical Fine Arts/ Performing Arts/ Music majors

  • Fine Arts
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Photography 
  • New Media 
  • 3D Design 
  • Animation 
  • Game Design 
  • Industrial Design 
  • Product Design 
  • Jewelry Design

  • Ceramics
  • Music Production 
  • Theatre/ Musical Theatre
  • Dance
  • Expressive Arts/ Music/ Dance Therapy
  • Art Preservation
  • Arts Administration
  • Music Business

Typical careers in Fine Arts/ Performing Arts/ Music

  • Publicist 
  • Journalist 
  • Publication Editor 
  • Broadcaster 
  • Technical Director 
  • Advertising Copywriter 
  • Film Industry
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