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Top 3 Reasons Why San Francisco Is the Best City for Art Students

By: Noel Dahl
December 13th, 2017

When you choose an art school, you’re not just choosing a school — faculty, curriculum, campus housing, and all the rest — you’re choosing a scene. More than almost any other discipline, the study of art requires immersing yourself in art, surrounding yourself with people who are making art, at every level and in every form, to cultivate inspiration and opportunity. For that, nothing beats a big city. And in the U.S., nothing beats San Francisco. San Francisco has been called, among other things, one of the most inspiring cities for young artists, one of the world’s top cities for designers, and the top North American city for an animation career. Now add this superlative to the list: America’s best city for art students. Here are three reasons why:

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Starting Your Art College Search? The 6 First Things You Need to Know

By: Shiraz Chavan
June 22nd, 2017

This is a post for absolute beginners. Not beginning artists, of course. You already have a passion for art and the talent to build your life around it. And you know that an art college degree will help make your dream a reality.

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Choosing A College | For Undergraduates

Searching For an Art College? The First Question You Should Ask Yourself

By: Shiraz Chavan
June 15th, 2017

Question: Why do you want to go to art college?

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4 Foolproof Tips for Finding Art Colleges to Apply To

By: Scott Cline
June 8th, 2017

You don’t have to try very hard to find art colleges in the U.S. There are close to 200 hundred art schools in the country, according to one online list — at least one in every state.

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Can Art College Help You Make a Difference? One Grad’s Story

By: Noel Dahl
May 11th, 2017

What can an art college graduate possibly have to offer citizens of war-ravaged Sierra Leone, former child soldiers and child prostitutes, some homeless and some living with polio?

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