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Study drawing abroad

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

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Drawing degrees abroad

Drawing degrees equip students with the self-awareness, artistic flair, and technical skills needed to make a mark in the creative industries.

As well as studying the theories and concepts behind some of the world’s most famous drawings, you’ll experiment with different mediums and techniques until you find your own unique style. You’ll trace the evolution of drawing throughout history, and consider how recent advances, like digital design, could change the face of drawing forever.

With so much to observe and interpret in every corner of the world, studying abroad is a priceless experience for any aspiring artist. Meeting new people and discovering new places will inspire your work, helping you to create more meaningful and insightful masterpieces.

Drawing program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in drawing are normally delivered as three-year BA programs. However, students hoping to study in the US or Canada can earn a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree. These four-year programs have a more professional focus and include fewer of the general education models typically found in liberal arts courses.

After finishing your bachelor’s program, you can dive into a postgraduate program. MA programs require at least one year of full-time study, whereas master of fine arts (MFA) degrees typically last between 21 and 24 months.

It’s possible to study a master of philosophy (MPhil) or PhD in drawing, but these are only available at a handful of universities. These research-based programs can last anywhere between three and six years.

Most of your contact hours will be spent in taught drawing sessions, lectures, practical workshops, and discussion-based seminars. Many universities also arrange learning opportunities outside of the studio, including visits to galleries and guest presentations from industry professionals.

The drawing programs offered by universities will be influenced by local art history, culture, and trends. Having said that, most institutions cover the following topics as part of their courses:

  • Drawing skills
  • Introduction to visual culture
  • Theories and methodologies of drawing
  • Critical and contextual practice
  • Exploring drawing media
  • Developing a personal approach to drawing
  • Contemporary drawing
  • Drawing throughout history

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Drawing study abroad programs

Drawing undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in drawing

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    Studio Art/ Painting and Drawing - BFA Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,700 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Studio Art: Drawing - BFA Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,920 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,920 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Drawing - BFA Stephen F. Austin State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,564 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,564 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Fine Art Painting & Drawing - BA (Hons) University of Northampton, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,047 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,900 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Art: Drawing and Painting - BFA California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,338 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,338 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Associate in drawing

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    Painting & Drawing - AA South 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, January, April, June
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    Art: Drawing and Painting - AA San Jose City College, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,138 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,138 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Future drawing careers

Throughout your studies, you’ll have built up an impressive portfolio of work. As such, recruiters across the arts and creative industries will be eager to snap up your talent.

Drawing graduates can combine their love of art with an enjoyable, fulfilling, and often lucrative career. Here are some of the jobs available to you after graduation:

  • Fine artist
  • Illustrator
  • Multimedia artist
  • Art teacher
  • Graphic designer
  • Fashion designer
  • Interior designer
  • Animator

To stand the best chance of landing your ideal job, it’s important to get yourself noticed. Enter art competitions, use your university’s exhibitions as a networking opportunity, and apply for internships at relevant businesses and organizations during the holidays.