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Top Performing and Visual Arts Colleges

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If your teen has an interest in the arts, multiple opportunities exist that can help cultivate their talent into professional skills. From screenplay writing to music to photography, many colleges offer enriching programs that help shape talent in a variety of areas. Below, explore some of the top performing and visual arts colleges that provide great opportunities for teens with a passion for the arts.

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts is a two year degree-granting acting school with campuses in New York and Los Angeles that prepares students for acting careers in theatre, television and film.

Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace University

Located just 20 minutes from Cleveland, Ohio, the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music offers professional bachelor’s degrees with an emphasis on experiential learning.

Berklee College of Music

Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Berklee College of Music offers baccalaureate and graduate programs that combine the study and the practice of contemporary music to prepare students for music professions.

Boston Conservatory

With its multi-disciplinary degree offerings in music, dance and theatre, The Boston Conservatory prepares students professionally by inspiring them to perform at the highest level in art and in their lives.

Brooks Institute

Brooks Institute offers specialized bachelor’s and master’s programs that prepare students to pursue careers in the visual, new media, and communication arts.

Collaborative Arts Project 21

Located in New York City, CAP21 trains the next generation of performers through programs that aim to achieve substantial and lasting contributions to the future of the arts.

Carnegie Mellon School of Music

As one of the five schools of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University, the School of Music offers a variety of degrees for undergraduates and graduates that prepare students for careers in music.

Colorado State University School of the Arts

The School of Arts at Colorado State University offers undergraduate degrees in music, art, theatre and dance that help students build the skills and knowledge needed to excel in performance, creative production and design, education, therapy, and research.

Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs that allow creative students to practice their craft from day one, develop an authentic voice, and launch successful careers in the visual, performing, and media arts.

Columbus College of Art and Design

Through its Bachelor of Fine Arts in nine different majors and Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts, the Columbus College of Art and Design fosters individual and professional development in art, design, and the humanities.

Dean College

Dean College is a private residential college in Massachusetts that focuses on individual learning styles, offering associate and baccalaureate degrees in entertainment management, business, liberal arts and studies, theatre and dance.

DePaul University School of Music

Located in Chicago, Depaul School of Music offers music students a variety of collaborative, performance-focused programs in music.

Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University

Through challenging music degree programs, the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University prepares students for careers in performance, technology, education or therapy.

Eastman School of Music

The Eastman School of Music is a comprehensive professional music school that is a part of a top-tier research university.

Five Towns College

Five Towns College integrates rigorous academic inquiry, research, and practical experience to prepare student for the worlds of music, media, business, teaching, the performing arts, and the entertainment industry.

Harcum College

Located near Philadelphia, Harcum is a two-year independent residential college that offers associate degrees in fashion design, fashion merchandising, and interior design.

Illinois Wesleyan University: Arts Programs

Illinois Wesleyan University is an independent, residential, liberal arts university that offers a wide variety of majors, minors, and programs in the arts through the Ames School of Art, the School of Theatre Arts, and the School of Music.

KD College Conservatory

KD College promotes continued growth and development of beginning and advanced artists and offers three accredited associate degrees in acting performance, musical theatre, and motion picture production.

Laguna College of Art and Design

Located in the beachside community of Laguna Beach, the Laguna College of Art and Design offers undergraduate majors in drawing and painting, illustration, design and digital media, animation, and game art, as well as a graduate degree in drawing and painting.

Lawrence University

The Conservatory at Lawrence University offers a Bachelor of Music degree, which allows students to focus primarily on music in a professional degree program with a foundation in liberal education.

Leeds College of Music

Located in the North of England and the largest British Conservatory, Leeds College of Music combines a broad curriculum with rigor and personal approach that prepares students for a more rewarding career in music.

New World School of the Arts

Located in Miami, Florida, New World School of the Arts provides a comprehensive educational program of artistic training, academic and creative development, and preparation for professional careers in the arts.

Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City University is a coeducational, urban private, Methodist university with that offers visual and performing arts programs through the Margaret E. Petree College of Performing Arts.

Parsons The New School for Design

Located in New York City, Parsons offers a wide variety of programs in the liberal arts, art and design, and performing arts.

Point Park University

The Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University combines real-world experience and rigorous training with internationally recognized faculty.

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Written by Melissa Hanan

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Melissa is passionate about all things STEM. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Simmons College and an M.A. in Applied Psychology from Boston College where she became interested in biomedical devices and materials science. She is returning to Simmons College to pursue her dream of becoming an engineer.

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