Top 10 Art Schools Ranking

List of top 10 art schools in the US:

1 Rhode Island School of Design - For the third year running, US News & World Report announced that RISD tops its rankings of the best Fine Arts Schools (2012), which looks at graduate programs in art and design throughout the country. In terms of specialty categories at the grad level, RISD is ranked #1 in graphic design, glass and interior design; placed #2 in industrial design, metals/jewelry and printmaking; and #3 in ceramics, multimedia, painting, photography and sculpture.

2 Yale School of Art - It is consistently ranked as one of the top two fine arts schools in the nation.

3 School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Founded in 1866, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is one of the nation's most influential art schools and is annually ranked as one of America's leading institutes of graduate study in the visual arts.

4 Maryland Institute College of Art - MICA has long been recognized as one of the top colleges of art and design in the US; its undergraduate program regularly appeared in the top four nationally in U.S. News rankings of undergraduate programs.

5 Cranbrook Academy of Art - The Academy is ranked as one of the top five graduate art schools in the nation by the US News and World Report.

6 Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts - VCUarts is ranked the #1 public university arts & design program in the country (US News).

7 California Institute of the Arts - In 2011, Newsweek/Daily Beast ranked CalArts as the nation's No. 1 college for students in the arts.

8 Carnegie Mellon University - The School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University is ranked #1 for its MFA Art & Design multimedia programs (US News).

9 University of California, Los Angeles - The School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA (UCLA Arts) is dedicated to training exceptional artists, performers, architects and scholars.

10 Alfred University - The 2012 edition of U.S. News “America's Best Graduate Schools” ranks the Master of Fine Arts program at Alfred University tops in the nation for ceramic art.

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