Now that 2010 has graced us with its presence, was it your New Year’s resolution to go back to school and earn your degree in Art? If so, in Austin you have several choices with varied degrees, intensity, and cost to consider. The three degree- conferring schools which offer art degrees in Austin are Austin Community College, the University of Texas at Austin and St. Edward’s University.
At Austin Community College, also known as ACC, you may take many classes including painting, ceramics, design, art history, and drawing to earn your Associate’s degree in Art. The classes are offered at several locations around Austin, so there is sure to be one near you. The class times are quite flexible and the cost of ACC makes it an affordable choice, even if you choose to continue a degree elsewhere. Also, because of the convenient time and affordable price, about $55 per credit hour plus studio fees, Austin Community College is a great choice for those looking for an art class with an interesting and talented professor, but do not want to spend the money at a private studio.
The University of Texas offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in many topics including Studio Art, Art History, and Art Education. The large school offers a competitive program, but each student receives their own studio space and each major can be customized to focus on the medium which the student wishes to pursue. Though the school does offer informal classes, the students enrolled in the university must be accepted through a rigorous application process and the cost is more than that of ACC.
At St. Edward’s University, students may earn their Bachelor’s degree in Art or Graphic design. Students may minor in Art History. Though St. Edward’s, also known as St. Ed’s, is not the largest program, is also the most expensive being a private university. However, the class sizes are smaller, and evening classes, ideal for adult students earning their degree at night, are offered. At St. Ed’s the Art building is state of the art and ready for those interested in pursing a career in art.
So if you are looking to earn your degree in a creative, interesting, ever-changing topic which intrigues its audience and expresses passion, consider one of these awesome art programs in Austin. St. Edward’s University offers small class sizes and evening program. The University of Texas offers the widest range of degrees and degree plans, but is the largest and most competitive, while ACC offers a great start to a Bachelor’s degree or an Associate’s degree at a reasonable price. When considering which school is the best fit for you, remember that time, cost, and the degree vary, so be sure to weigh the attributes of a school that best fit your budget, time, and goals. All three art programs offer outstanding programs and you will never have to search far for artistic inspiration in Austin!
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