Art Market Blog – The Worlds Top Art Schools

Art Market Blog – The Worlds Top Art Schools

art-school.jpgWhen looking at an artists cv to determine whether their work would be a good investment there are several things you should look for (which I have outlined in previous posts) one of which is the art school that they attended. Having attended a top art school is a sign of talent, commitment and desire to achieve. Listed below are some of the worlds top art schools which all art investors and collectors should become familiar with so that you know which schools to look for on an artist’s cv.

The Slade School of Fine Art is concerned with contemporary art and the practice, history and theories that inform it. It approaches the study and practice of art in an enquiring, investigative, experimental and research-minded way, consciously contributing to the lively discourses of contemporary art, nationally and internationally. The Slade’s foundation in 1871 was the result of a bequest from Felix Slade who envisaged a school where fine art would be studied within a liberal arts university. The School’s location in UCL and in the centre of London, provides excellent opportunities for students to access a wide range of learning resources and research opportunities.

Goldsmiths is all about the freedom to experiment, to think differently, to be an individual. We bring creative and unconventional approaches to all of our subjects, but everything we do is based on the highest academic standards of teaching and research.

Royal Academy
The RA Schools are founded upon the disciplines of painting, sculpture and printmaking. These disciplines are fundamental to the traditions that the Schools are proud to uphold.
The Schools offer students of exceptional ability and promise the opportunity to develop their ideas and working practices and provide a foundation to their careers as professional artists

Pratt Institute
The mission of Pratt Institute is to educate artists and creative professionals to be responsible contributors to society. Pratt seeks to instill in all graduates aesthetic judgment, professional knowledge, collaborative skills, and technical expertise.

Camberwell College of Arts
Camberwell is one of the world’s foremost art and design institutions and we’ve welcomed students to South London for over a century, many of whom have stayed on in the area making it the place for artists to live and work.

Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), founded in 1877 in Providence, RI, is a vibrant community of artists and designers that includes 2,200 students from around the world, approximately 350 faculty and curators, and 400 staff members. Each year more than 200 prominent artists, critics, authors and philosophers visit our historic College Hill campus.

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Central Saint Martins provides specialist education and research in the fields of fine art, fashion & textiles, film, video and photography, graphics & communication design, three dimensional design, theatre & performance and interdisciplinary art & design.

The Art Institute of Chicago
As a leader in art education for more than 140 years, SAIC provides the inspiration for those who grasp the complexity of our culture and strive to make a contribution of their own. Our students, faculty, and alumni are the makers of images, words, objects, and sounds that forever shape and alter our world

Yale University
Yale University comprises three major academic components: Yale College (the undergraduate program), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the professional schools. In addition, Yale encompasses a wide array of centers and programs, libraries, museums, and administrative support offices

California Institute of the Arts
The nation’s first art institute to offer BFAs and MFAs in both the visual and performing arts, CalArts is dedicated to training and nurturing the next generation of professional artists, fostering brilliance and innovation within the broadest context possible. Emphasis is placed on new and experimental work and students are admitted solely on the basis of artistic ability

University of Art and Design Helsinki
The University of Art and Design Helsinki is an international university dedicated to
design, audiovisual communication, art education and art. It is the largest university
of its kind in Scandinavia and has a strong and active international presence.
The University founded in 1871 is a pioneer in research and education.

Oslo National Academy of the Arts
The Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) is no ordinary institution. It is a creative meeting place of varied disciplines in the arts – from the stage to the studios and workshops. It is an academy where the personal as well as the collective expression is explored and tested

Parsons the New School for Design
Parsons focuses on creating engaged citizens and outstanding artists, designers, scholars and business leaders through a design-based professional and liberal education.
Parsons students learn to rise to the challenges of living, working and creative decision making in a world where human experience is increasingly designed. The school embraces curricular innovation, pioneering uses of technology, collaborative methods and global perspectives on the future of design.

I am sure that there are plenty of other fantastic art schools but the ones that I have listed are the most prestigious and art considered to offer the best visual art programs.

Nick**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

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  1. […] Art Market Blog – The Worlds Top Art Schools Art Market Blog – The Worlds Top Art Schools When looking at an artists cv to determine whether their work would be a good investment there are several things you should look for (which I have outlined in previous posts) one of which is the art school that they attended. Having attended a top art sc… […]

    • First, one should only buy art they really like. Second, if you are going to “invest,” do some research because not all art schools have programs in all disciplines or programs of equal quality.
      Example: Yale, Parsons and Pratt either don’t have ceramics at all or no MFA program. CAL Arts may be great for my MFA in ceramic sculpture and mixed media sculpture but my potter friend is better at Alfred University, undeniably the best school for ceramics. However, they don’t do large scale sculptures which I want and like their mixed media comprised of glass and lighting which I don’t.
      It’s not so cut and dry. Should have at least broken down the categories. US News / World Report does for US but it is the school that submits info. so money talks.

      • hi, i was wondering if you could help me on good art colleges, universities or institutes concerning art management, entertraiment management courses.

  2. How about Studio Incamminati, Philadelphia, PA or Grand Central Academy
    NYC, NY

  3. Don’t forget the now defunct Black Mountain College! It boasts an alumni including Twombly, Rauschenberg, Chamberlain, Noland, and DeNiro Sr.

    Now that is some talent!

  4. I’m surprosed that you haven’t metioned The Cooper Union in NYC. This is a prestigious arts and engineering school whose students attend on scholarships. Founded by Peter Cooper it is genarally ranked as one of the very top schools in the US.

  5. Hi Nicholas, awesome blog. I want to do a short tae term course in Art appreciation and I am based out of Hong Kong. Do you know of any in this part of the world?


    It’s for a good cause, it’s fun, it’s free to enter, and you could


    In order to raise awareness about its campaigns to save animals, IFAW, The International Fund for Animal Welfare is hosting a design competition.

    Entrants are asked to draw a new animal over the London Underground map using only the tube lines & intersections.

    Full Ts&Cs & rules can be found at under the competition section.

    Entries can be submitted until mid-May!

  7. Hi Mike,
    Great competition, thanks for posting

    Nicholas Forrest

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  9. What about the Savannah College of Art and Design?

  10. Hi,Nicoles
    I’d like your site,impressive and useful.I wonder if you know about scholarships for art school.I don’t want to use my parents’ money for study

  11. Hi,
    Thanks for the sites. These sites have great information. Getting the perfect art performance requires the ability to promote your work. But if you’re considering online colleges and universities I would recommend for SchoolPursuit(dot)com. provides valuable information to users that are researching schools, colleges, and universities.


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  13. What school did Picasso go to?

    Or shall we decide an artist’s merit on their artwork rather than the school they attended?

  14. Northwestern, UIC, and U of C are also great schools! – art blog about art and culture in Switzerland

  15. There are some things art schools can’t teach you, and that’s how to be original.

    A pompous art academic can preach all he/she wants!

    You either have your own ideas in your head or you dont, and if you do, who needs art school!

  16. Ok, I doubt Nicholas Forrest will answer but I have an important question for anyone who has some answers.

    I want to attend an art school in Australia. So, where is the best place (location and specific art school) to study art in Australia? I want to focus on drawing/painting. I want a school that will allow me to get an excellent education and make contacts that might help me succeed in the industry.

    Is it best to study art in Melbourne? I live in Sydney but I’ll move to Melbourne if it’ll make any significant difference.

    I want a really solid, excellent education so no fad kinda schools. Also, I’d like to know about anywhere that’d let me finish my BA in English lit while I study visual art.

    I know of most of the big art schools (i.e. sca, cofa, nas, vca, rmit). All of these schools say they’re great but I can’t find any objective information about any of them. Also none of them seem to allow students to complete a BA in the humanities at the same time.

    Please give me your advice…

    • Lol. Probably way too late to reply to this, but just in case anyone else comes along who had your dilema: Monash University offers a BA/BVA (Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Visual Arts), Tasmania University offers a BA/BFA (Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Fine Arts) and COFA, through the University of New South Wales, offers a BA/BFA. For a solid art education at the foundation level (so a BFA, BVA or BCA-Bachelor of Creative Arts)-you’d be fine with either UNSW or Monash, both have a strong academic standing so you’d be well taken care of for your English degree as well as art theory components (they both have good reputations as far as practical work goes as well).

  17. Are the pieces from the Mesopotamian era priceless because the artists went to art school ? Obviously not. I’m insulted by your comment that someone would choose to buy art as a “good investment”. Artists put their heart into their work. When someone buys a piece of art, it should be because they fell in love with it, regardless of where the artist attended school. Many artists have produced beautiful work, and they have never been educated at all. And if you get into a good art school, that’s great. Just don’t let an artist’s education be the reason for choosing the piece of art, because there are surely people who would appreciate that piece of art more.

  18. Don’t forgot about Centennial College of Arts and Education. Here is the Link:

  19. Nicholas, thank you, very helpful. In fact, I am also very interested in Europe’s leading art schools. I came across the ZHdK Zürcher Hoschule der Künste and found their comprehensive, inter-disciplinary courses, the entire offerings, infrastructure etc. very interesting. The university as it is today is young, only two years, but it roots back a couple of hundred years since it is a merger of two other Swss universities. What is your opinion on this?

    Are you familiar with any other art school rankings of credibility?

  20. thanks for your links guys. i like them all. thanks also for this blog. i appreciate it.

  21. We at the Jerusalem Studio School are quite proud of our efforts:

    and of our new summer program in Italy, open internationally to artists and students:

    We may be small, but we insist on excellence in art training!

  22. Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, IN. I went there, it was fabulous! It’s all about art, you don’t have to take one math or english class!

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  24. Think you capture most of the big ones.

  25. What about Beaux-Arts….probably one of the most prominent schools

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