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Most Popular Schools for Painting Major & Degree Program

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by the application of paints and related chemical color substances to canvases or other materials. Includes instruction in color and color mixing, surface preparation, composition, oil and acrylic media, watercolor media, painting techniques, and personal style development.


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Rank School Name Students % of Total Total On-Campus Cost
1 Maryland Institute College of Art 76 13% $55,100
2 San Francisco Art Institute 74 37% $57,932
3 Savannah College of Art and Design 71 3% $51,279
4 Rhode Island School of Design 45 7% $61,054
5 Virginia Commonwealth University 44 1% $28,297
6 Temple University 42 1% $29,632
7 New York Academy of Art 41 75% N/A
8 Massachusetts College of Art and Design 39 9% $26,500
9 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 38 30% $47,180
10 Boston University 35 0% $61,446
11 University of Washington-Seattle Campus 32 0% $27,034
12 California College of the Arts 31 6% $56,134
13 Kansas City Art Institute 26 15% $50,362
14 University of Houston 23 0% $22,463
15 The University of the Arts 23 4% $55,327
16 Kent State University at Kent 22 0% $24,926
17 State University of New York at New Paltz 19 1% $21,403
18 Escuela de Artes Plasticas de Puerto Rico 18 23% $6,248
19 Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San German 17 2% $14,312
20 Montserrat College of Art 17 24% $39,670
21 Minneapolis College of Art and Design 15 8% $43,560
22 University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth 15 1% $25,355
23 SUNY at Purchase College 14 1% $24,672
24 Maine College of Art 13 13% $44,740
25 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 10 0% $29,086
26 Washington University in St Louis 10 0% $61,808
27 Pacific Northwest College of Art 10 8% $48,221
28 Ohio University-Main Campus 9 0% $24,396
29 Cleveland Institute of Art 9 8% $54,161
30 Oakland University 9 0% $21,751
31 American Academy of Art 8 12% $30,220
32 Marywood University 8 1% $46,556
33 Syracuse University 8 0% $57,450
34 Art Academy of Cincinnati 7 19% $37,130
35 Cranbrook Academy of Art 7 9% N/A
36 Buffalo State SUNY 6 0% $21,493
37 Ferris State University 6 0% $21,878
38 Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design 6 4% $43,499
39 University of Hartford 6 0% $48,170
40 Cleveland State University 5 0% $25,317
41 University of Dallas 5 1% $48,710
42 South Dakota State University 5 0% $19,446
43 University of Miami 4 0% $60,906
44 The University of Tampa 4 0% $39,375
45 Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts 4 40% $31,116
46 University of New Hampshire-Main Campus 4 0% $30,300
47 University of Oregon 4 0% $24,352
48 Ringling College of Art and Design 3 1% $55,557
49 Northern Arizona University 3 0% $22,746
50 Salem State University 3 0% $22,084
51 Columbia College 3 0% $21,833
52 Texas Christian University 3 0% $50,720
53 College of the Ozarks 3 1% $27,276
54 Drake University 3 0% $44,349
55 Arcadia University 3 0% $51,970
56 The University of Texas at El Paso 3 0% $21,399
57 Franklin College 2 1% $40,035
58 SUNY at Fredonia 2 0% $21,638
59 Brigham Young University-Hawaii 2 0% $16,564
60 Saint Ambrose University 2 0% $40,146
61 Indiana Wesleyan University 2 0% $34,588
62 Daemen College 2 0% $37,690
63 Bethany College 2 2% $35,205
64 Bennington College 1 0% $61,920
65 Providence College 1 0% $57,625
66 Harding University 1 0% $26,634
67 Carson-Newman University 1 0% $34,100
68 Bradley University 1 0% $42,090
69 Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce 1 0% $13,762
70 Pennsylvania College of Art and Design 1 1% $22,148

This list indicates the number of students that completed the Painting program at the schools above.
It is not necessarily an indicator of academic rigor or quality of education.
Note that some schools do not have enough data to be ranked, and these schools will not appear in our lists.