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Study art abroad

An in-depth guide to studying art as an international student.

Art degrees abroad

Art is a varied subject which covers many different areas and specializations. Studying an art degree at a university is a great option if you’re a passionate artist who wants to improve their skills and pursue a career in the arts after graduation. You can study a general art degree, or specialize in something like fine art or sculpture.

Art specializations you can choose to study include:

  • Fine art
  • Graphic design
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Animation

An art degree will teach you to think outside the box, and many programs include a lot more than just how to improve your artistic skills. You can learn about the business and management aspects of the art industry, and get help working on a portfolio that will help you get work after you graduate.

Studying art abroad means you’ll be able to experience some of the most famous paintings, sculptures and exhibitions in the world. You will also get to see how art influences a different culture, and see what has inspired those works of art.

Art program structure

There are a wide range of specific art programs you can choose to study, so think carefully about which area you’re most interested in and look for the degree that best matches your interests and skills.

You can study a degree in art as a BA at undergraduate level for three or four years, depending on your country of study. At master’s level you can get an MA over one or two years, or a doctorate as a PhD, MPhil or DFA (Doctorate in Fine Arts).

Most arts programs are very practical in nature, and you will spend a lot of your time working on projects on your own or in a group. You will be assessed through examples of your work, and some written coursework and exams.

The program structure and content of an art program will vary massively depending on the course you choose. It is possible to study a general art degree, but most of these programs require you to choose a specialism in your second year of study.

Although the curriculum and modules you study will be determined by the area of art you choose to study, there are some common subjects you can expect to see, including:

  • Art and business
  • History of art
  • Practical skills
  • Reflection and analysis
  • Portfolio work

Types of art degrees

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Art study abroad programs

Art undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in art

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    Art Therapy - BSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
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    Art (Intermedia) - BA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,134 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    History of Art - BA University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,700 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Art - New Media Arts - BFA University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,800 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Art Studio - Sculpture - BFA University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,000 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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Certificate in art

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    Foundation Studies: Art, Design and Architecture - Cert RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    25,500 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Art Foundation - Cert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,412 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Pathway in art

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    Foundation Diploma in Art and Design - FD Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,900 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Foundations in Art and Design - FD Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,562 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Art and Design - Media (Foundation Studies) - FD Arts University Bournemouth, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,250 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in art

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    Game – Art - Dip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Game – Art - Dip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    19,781 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Art graduate programs

Master's in art

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    Clinical Art Therapy and Counseling - MA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,100 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Art (Digital Technology) - MFA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,118 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Art in Public Space - MA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,680 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Art & Humanities - MA University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    17,275 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Contemporary Art Practice: Studio Practice - MFA Portland State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    19,494 USD
    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in art

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    Art - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,720 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Art, Design and Performance - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,300 GBP
    Start date
    October, February
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    Archaeology and History of Art - PhD Koç University, Turkey

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    0 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Art - PhD University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,200 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in art

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    Art and Design - GradCert Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    10 months
    Tuition fees per year
    4,830 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Pathway in art

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    Art, Design and Media, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of Brighton, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,460 GBP
    Start date
    January, July, August, September
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Future art careers

Becoming a professional artist is notoriously difficult, but there are a wide range of art related jobs and professions you can go into with a degree in art. Here are some of the jobs you might consider after you graduate:

  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Art gallery manager
  • Photographer
  • Art administrator
  • Print maker
  • Art teacher
  • Animator

The career you go into will depend on which arts specialization you choose to follow. Think about what job you would like after graduation because this will help you choose the right program to study abroad.