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Published on October 3rd, 2014 | by Library

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Four Features to Look For When Choosing the Right Fine Art College

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Currently, there are approximately 700 accredited art and design colleges located across the country. Of this number, you’ll apply to a handful — and will ultimately choose to attend just one to get your graphic design training.

If it sounds intimidating, that’s because it is — many high school students feel frustrated when making their college choice, especially when they want to study anything art-related!

To make sure you apply to all the best fine art colleges throughout your senior year, be sure to read these four criteria that are essential when anyone chooses a college:

A wide selection of majors and degree programs

Did you know that nearly 75% of all college students will change their major at some point in their college careers? Because of this, your ideal fine art colleges should offer a good variety of arts-related majors — because you can never predict if you will end up switching your major from 3D computer animation to video game art.

World-class faculty with real-world experience

A college’s prestige and reputation doesn’t mean much if it isn’t staffed with professors who are both qualified and passionate about teaching their students. Ideally, fine arts colleges should provide a list of their faculty and a brief description of their achievements and qualifications — be sure to check them out.

A thriving campus community and atmosphere

For many students, the college choice is made as soon as they visit the colleges they’re considering applying to. The atmosphere and “feel” of a campus can tell you a lot about a college’s students and their values. In addition, you can see if the campus has any clubs or groups you’d be interested in joining as a student there.

A reputation for academic excellence

While it’s true that reputation isn’t the only thing you should consider when making your college choice, you shouldn’t completely ignore a school’s reputation either. Some good resources are the College Board’s website, the Princeton Review and other college ranking sites that feature student reviews of colleges.

Have any other great tips to share on choosing the best digital media arts colleges to apply to? Share with us in the comments below! More like this: www.dmac.edu


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