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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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    History of Art and Architecture - Dual BA (Hons) Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,031 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,609 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Art, Media, and Design - Graphic Art - BA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    40,551 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,551 USD

    Start date
    March
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    Art - BFA/BA Southeast Missouri State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,155 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,155 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Art - BFA University of Utah, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    36,857 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,857 USD

    Start date
    August, May, January
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    Art - BA Auburn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,220 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,220 USD

    Start date
    August, May, January
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Associate in art

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    Art - AA Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 USD

    Start date
    August, June, February
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    Art: 2D - AFA North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, June, April, January
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    Art - AA College of Alameda, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Art: Studio Art - AA Seattle Central College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, June, April, January
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    Art - AA Moraine Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,408 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,408 USD

    Start date
    January, August, June
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Certificate in art

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    Art: Jewelry and Metals - Cert North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Art and Design Fundamentals - OCCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,653 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    July, January
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    Art Foundation - Cert Merritt College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, June, January
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    Art Foundation - Cert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,728 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Art Fundamentals - Cert Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    15,751 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,072 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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Pathway in art

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    Art, Design and Media - FD Arts University Bournemouth, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,683 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,250 GBP

    Start date
    October, February
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Art graduate programs

Master's in art

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    Art - MA State University of New York at Oswego, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,065 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,065 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Art - MFA William Paterson University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,454 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,454 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Art - MA University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,612 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,200 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Art - MFA Central Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,007 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,007 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Clinical Art Therapy and Counseling - MA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,100 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,100 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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Doctorate in art

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    Art - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,887 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,720 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Art - PhD University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,612 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,200 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Art, Design and Performance - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,983 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,300 GBP

    Start date
    February
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Diploma in art

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    Game – Art - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,653 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    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
    Annual tuition fee
    21,799 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,460 GBP

    Start date
    August, September, January, July
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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.