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Study studio art abroad

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

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Studio art degrees abroad

Studio art, or fine art, refers to the creation and academic study of visual art forms, including painting, drawing, sculpting, photography, illustration, ceramics, glass, and printmaking. It’s a subject that combines theory, practice, and critical reflection.

A degree in studio arts will equip you with the creativity, imagination, and individuality needed to become an established artist. You’ll experiment with a range of techniques, equipment, and media to produce original and thought-provoking pieces. You’ll draw upon research and theory to develop an appreciation of how your work, and that of other artists, is framed by social, historical, cultural, and political contexts.

By studying abroad, you’ll see first-hand how different cultures and countries have expressed their identities through art over time. You’ll visit international galleries and will be inspired by new techniques and styles that will enrich your own practice. You’ll build a culturally-diverse portfolio, learn from local artists, and come to understand the global power of art.

Studio art program structure

There are plenty of options when it comes to studying studio art. Two-year associate degrees offer a comprehensive introduction to the subject and are a great launchpad into entry-level employment or further study.

The most popular course of study is a bachelor’s degree, which is studied over three or four years. Students have the choice of either a BA or a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree. A BA program typically combines studio art with liberal arts modules, whereas a BFA is a pre-professional degree that is solely focused on studio art modules.

After completing your bachelor’s, you might choose to pursue a postgraduate qualification. At the graduate level, courses become more research-focused and less practical. An MA can be studied over one or two years, followed by a PhD which takes roughly five years to finish.

You’ll spend a significant amount of your study time getting hands-on in art studios. However, you’ll also attend lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, and critical group discussions. You’ll be assessed mainly through your portfolio of work, but you’ll complete research projects, essays, critical reflections, and presentations too.

The topics covered in your studio art degree will depend on your university and country of choice. However, there are some core areas that you can expect to encounter, including:

  • Introduction to fine art
  • Technical skills for artists
  • Modernism and avant-gardes
  • Postmodernism
  • Reflective practice
  • Contemporary art theory
Studio art program structure

There are plenty of options when it comes to studying studio art. Two-year associate degrees offer a comprehensive introduction to the subject and are a great launchpad into entry-level employment or further study.

The most popular course of study is a bachelor’s degree, which is studied over three or four years. Students have the choice of either a BA or a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree. A BA program typically combines studio art with liberal arts modules, whereas a BFA is a pre-professional degree that is solely focused on studio art modules.

After completing your bachelor’s, you might choose to pursue a postgraduate qualification. At the graduate level, courses become more research-focused and less practical. An MA can be studied over one or two years, followed by a PhD which takes roughly five years to finish.

You’ll spend a significant amount of your study time getting hands-on in art studios. However, you’ll also attend lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, and critical group discussions. You’ll be assessed mainly through your portfolio of work, but you’ll complete research projects, essays, critical reflections, and presentations too.

The topics covered in your studio art degree will depend on your university and country of choice. However, there are some core areas that you can expect to encounter, including:

  • Introduction to fine art
  • Technical skills for artists
  • Modernism and avant-gardes
  • Postmodernism
  • Reflective practice
  • Contemporary art theory

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Studio art undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in studio art

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    Art (Studio Art) - BA Monmouth University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    37,438 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,438 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Art, Media, and Design - Studio 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, January
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    Art: Studio Art - BA 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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    Art: Studio Art - BA Freed-Hardeman University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Art: Studio Art Specialization - BFA Central Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,551 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,551 USD

    Start date
    January
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Associate in studio art

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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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    Studio Art - AFA St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Studio art graduate programs

Master's in studio art

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    Art: Studio Art - MFA California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,604 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Studio Art - MFA Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,536 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,536 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Studio Art - MFA Stephen F. Austin State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,562 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,562 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Future studio art careers

You’ll graduate with a fantastic theoretical and practical understanding of studio art. Your creativity and originality will be highly sought after by employers across a range of companies and organizations. You’ll have the tools to accelerate your career in any of the following roles:

  • Fine artist
  • Illustrator
  • Printmaker
  • Art teacher
  • Photographer
  • Community arts worker
  • Art director
  • Art critic

Art is a competitive industry and getting noticed can be tricky. Entering competitions, displaying your work in exhibitions, and undertaking work experience will help to get your name on the map and improve your employability.