Fine Arts

Ranked in 2012 | Fine Arts Rankings Methodology

For artists, earning an M.F.A. demonstrates advanced abilities in an art specialty field, such as graphic design, painting and drawing, or visual communications. These are the top graduate schools for fine arts.

Rank School name Score
#1 Yale University

New Haven, CT

4.5
#2 Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, RI

4.4
#2 School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago, IL

4.4
#4 University of California—​Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

4.3
#4 Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA

4.3
#6 California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, CA

4.2
#7 Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

4.1
#7 Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, MI

4.1
#7 Maryland Institute College of Art

Baltimore, MD

4.1
#10 Columbia University

New York, NY

4.0
#11 Alfred University—​New York State College of Ceramics

Alfred, NY

3.9
#11 California College of the Arts

San Francisco, CA

3.9
#13 Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

3.8
#13 CUNY—​Hunter College

New York, NY

3.8
#13 Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

3.8
#13 University of California—​San Diego

La Jolla, CA

3.8
#13 Washington University in St. Louis

Saint Louis, MO

3.8
#18 Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, CA

3.7
#18 Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

3.7
#18 School of Visual Arts

New York, NY

3.7
#18 University of Wisconsin—​Madison

Madison, WI

3.7
#22 Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ

3.6
#22 Massachusetts College of Art

Boston, MA

3.6
#22 University of Georgia

Athens, GA

3.6
#22 University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

3.6

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