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Study visual arts abroad

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

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Visual arts degrees abroad

Visual arts is a vast subject area that encompasses many creative disciplines, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, and more. Programs are designed to prepare students for an array of exciting art-related careers.

As well as learning about visual art theory, processes, and history, you’ll develop your practical skills by experimenting with tools and mediums. By analyzing and interpreting the masterpieces of famous creators, you’ll become fluent at expressing meaning and concepts through your own work.

Despite being a global language, art is heavily influenced by social, cultural, and historical factors. Studying abroad is a terrific opportunity to understand, appreciate, and be inspired by different styles and methods of art. The experience will transform you into a more adventurous and versatile artist.

Visual arts program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in visual arts are normally studied over three years, but they can last for four years if you complete an optional placement year. Placement years take place in the third year of your program and give you a useful insight into future career opportunities.

As the home of one of the world’s most vibrant and diverse art scenes, the US attracts plenty of international visual arts students. At the undergraduate level, you’ll likely study a four-year bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree. Unlike traditional American degrees, these programs have a more professional focus and include fewer general education classes.

Postgraduate study options are available if you’re looking to further enhance your knowledge and skills. MA programs require one year of full-time study, whereas master of fine arts (MFA) programs take between 18 and 24 months to finish.

You’ll spend lots of your time in studio-based lectures, tutorials, workshops, and critiques. Some universities also arrange field trips to art galleries and exhibitions, as well as guest presentations from field experts.

Since visual arts is such a far-reaching field, students usually choose to specialize in a particular branch of the subject. Most universities offer an array of elective modules so it’s easy to tailor your degree to your interests, but here are some of the core modules you can expect to encounter:

  • Understanding visual culture
  • Principles and theories of visual communication
  • Cultural, historical and contemporary influences on visual art
  • Fundamentals of drawing, color, and form
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Digital art forms
  • Graphics
Visual arts program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in visual arts are normally studied over three years, but they can last for four years if you complete an optional placement year. Placement years take place in the third year of your program and give you a useful insight into future career opportunities.

As the home of one of the world’s most vibrant and diverse art scenes, the US attracts plenty of international visual arts students. At the undergraduate level, you’ll likely study a four-year bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree. Unlike traditional American degrees, these programs have a more professional focus and include fewer general education classes.

Postgraduate study options are available if you’re looking to further enhance your knowledge and skills. MA programs require one year of full-time study, whereas master of fine arts (MFA) programs take between 18 and 24 months to finish.

You’ll spend lots of your time in studio-based lectures, tutorials, workshops, and critiques. Some universities also arrange field trips to art galleries and exhibitions, as well as guest presentations from field experts.

Since visual arts is such a far-reaching field, students usually choose to specialize in a particular branch of the subject. Most universities offer an array of elective modules so it’s easy to tailor your degree to your interests, but here are some of the core modules you can expect to encounter:

  • Understanding visual culture
  • Principles and theories of visual communication
  • Cultural, historical and contemporary influences on visual art
  • Fundamentals of drawing, color, and form
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Digital art forms
  • Graphics

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Visual arts study abroad programs

Visual arts undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in visual arts

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    Visual Arts/Concurrent Education - Dual BEd/BA University of Windsor, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,706 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,504 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Art - Visual Arts and Emerging Media Management - BA University of Central Florida, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,478 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,478 USD

    Start date
    January, August, May
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    Art, emphasis in visual arts - BA Eastern New Mexico University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,128 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,128 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Fine Arts - Visual Arts - BA Auburn University at Montgomery, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,336 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,336 USD

    Start date
    August, June, January
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    Fine Arts: Visual Arts - BFA Thompson Rivers University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,020 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,080 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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Diploma in visual arts

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    Visual Arts, Advanced Diploma - AdvDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    15,666 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,500 AUD

    Start date
    February
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    Visual Arts - Dip University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,065 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,900 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Visual Arts - Dip Thompson Rivers University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,020 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,080 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in visual arts

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    Visual Arts - Cert University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,348 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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Visual arts graduate programs

Master's in visual arts

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    Visual Arts - MFA University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,893 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,666 CAD

    Start date
    January, September, May
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    Visual Arts - MA KdG University of Applied Sciences, Belgium

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,462 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,241 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Visual Arts - MFA University of Windsor, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,821 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,594 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Future visual arts careers

Your creativity, communication skills, and eye for detail will open doors to countless career paths and opportunities. Employers in art, advertising, education, business, and more will be fighting to snap up your potential and talent.

You could apply your expertise to almost any sector you wish. The list below outlines some of the most common roles landed by graduates:

  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Art therapist
  • Arts administrator
  • Exhibit designer
  • Photographer
  • Sculptor
  • Art director

Entering art competitions, showcasing your work at your exhibitions, and securing relevant work experience are just some of the ways you can attract the attention of recruiters. If you’re unsure of how to boost your employment prospects, most universities have a careers office you can speak to.