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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.

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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

Types of visual arts degrees

Visual Arts study abroad programs

Visual arts undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in visual arts

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    Visual Arts - BFA (Hons) University of Windsor, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,961 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,100 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Art & Visual Studies - BA Whittier College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,924 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,924 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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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
    22,468 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,468 USD

    Start date
    January, May
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    Visual Arts - BFA University of Victoria (in partnership with Kaplan International), Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,571 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,716 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Art: Art History and Visual Studies - BA California State University, East Bay, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,509 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,509 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Diploma in visual arts

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    Visual Arts and Design - Dip Northwestern Polytechnic, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,747 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,805 CAD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Visual Arts - Dip (Des) University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,313 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,718 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Visual Arts - Dip Camosun College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,534 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,890 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in visual arts

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    Visual Arts - Cert Yukon University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    8,711 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,000 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Visual arts graduate programs

Master's in visual arts

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    Humanities: Visual Studies - MH University of Colorado Denver, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,344 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,344 USD

    Start date
    January
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    Visual Arts - MVA KdG University of Applied Sciences, Belgium

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,578 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,102 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Visual Arts - MVA Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    22,405 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,701 NZD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Visual Arts - MFA University of Windsor, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,589 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,077 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Pathway in visual arts

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    Visual Arts - PGP KdG University of Applied Sciences, Belgium

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,578 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,102 EUR

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Premaster in Visual Arts

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.