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A Guide to Studying Fine and Studio Art in Europe

Did you know that, as an international student, you can get a degree in Fine and Studio Art at a top-ranked European university? Best of all, it's taught entirely in English and costs less than 1 year of tuition at a US college.
Fine and Studio Art

What are my options?

29
European Bachelor's programs taught entirely in English.
38
European Master's programs taught entirely in English.

About this area of study.

Some people, with a love of looking at and making beautiful things, simply cannot imagine making a career in any field but art. Buying a few gallons of paint and practicing furiously for a few years probably isn't the best way to start, though.

A bachelor's degree in fine and studio arts (this term encompasses virtually all visual arts) provides you with the theoretical knowledge that will make you a better artist and not just a more technically skilled one. Some subjects studied in this regard are anatomy, art history and criticism, composition and perspective, and color theory.

At the same time, you can learn the practical techniques required in making art from experts in various media. Most art degrees offer courses in painting, drawing, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and numerous other art forms including digital multimedia. 

It would be impossible to master all of these during the span of a bachelor's degree, so all university programs allow students to specialize. You will generally have to take several different introductory courses to expand your artistic range and frame of reference, however. Studying in fine arts hubs like New York, Paris, London, Berlin, and any of several Italian cities will have the same effect as long as you make use of their cultural resources.

Finally, skills artists and people in the field often require but don't necessarily understand the need to study are offered. These include art conservation, managing a studio or gallery, and marketing a portfolio. 

Careers options in this area of study.

Most fine and studio arts graduates, including those with bachelor's and advanced degrees, earn between $43,500 and $67,500, with the average skewed toward the bottom of that range. Most do not work at making fine art full-time, though they generally produce some pieces at least as a hobby. 

Instead, many work in galleries or museums as curators, technicians, and conservators. Others produce commercial art as illustrators, animators, or graphic designers. It's worth noting that "the arts", defined fairly broadly, make up a full 4.2% of the U.S. GDP. All careers in this industry may not be especially lucrative, but there's no need for someone with a fine and studio arts degree to follow the stereotype and starve.

Admissions information.

The college admissions process in the US has become a race to the bottom as students compete with their peers for a single spot in a liberal arts college, convinced by parents and guidance counselors that their survival rests on playing a musical instrument or varsity sport. Many smart kids don’t do well on standardized tests. This doesn’t limit them as much when looking outside of the US, as many colleges in Europe do not require standardized tests. Many countries see entry into universities as a right, rather than a privilege, so admission standards are not as stringent.

How to study in Europe.

When you also factor in the many problems with US higher education, it is imprudent not to consider other possibilities. It is true there are many excellent schools in the United States—I don’t think anyone would argue that. There are some that have managed to look at applicants as people, and not just a checklist of achievements. Some even have reasonable tuition rates, and/or professors that actively teach and have highly engaged students. Despite this, I have yet to find a school in the United States that addresses all of these issues: allows students to opt out of the rat race the admissions process has become, have reasonable tuition, AND have positive results around the educational experience and post-graduation outcomes. Not every school in Europe provides all this either, but the schools listed in our database do.

How to find English-taught degrees.

Finding these programs is burdensome, difficult, and confusing, especially with institutional websites in foreign languages... We know that making the decision to study abroad can be difficult, so we want to make it easy for you. We scoured the continent for vetted programs and made them available to thousands of families looking to leave the US and find a better life in Europe. We found over 11,200 degrees, 870 universities, 550 cities, and 32 European countries to choose from. Europe offers an impressive range of educational opportunities!

We have gathered all of the information you need to know about studying in Europe – from the different types of schools available to how to get housing and everything in between. Our database helps you find these programs quickly and easily, helping you contextualize the many benefits and options around higher education in Europe.

You will be able to find programs and courses that suit your interests and needs, taught in English by experienced professors in state-of-the-art facilities. Search our database of English-taught European bachelor's and master's programs and get started on your journey to Europe today.

Travel the world while you get your degree.

Travel opportunities abound when attending college in Europe. For example, Lille, a city in northern France with multiple universities, is close to major cities such as Brussels, London, and Paris via high-speed rail. Air travel, especially with the rise of affordable airlines like Ryanair, EasyJet, and Transavia, can be comparable in price to rail travel, so many more destinations open up for short-term travel.

Find the college in Europe that fits you best.

Jump on the unique opportunity to find a degree from a top-ranking European university while still being able to study in English.

Beyond the States matches you with your ideal English-taught college in Europe.

Beyond the States provides access to 11,400+ European bachelor's and master's programs across 870 universities, 550 cities, and 212 areas of study, plus all the resources you need to get there. No sponsorships. No bias.
3400+
English-taught bachelor's programs in our database.
8000+
English-taught master's programs in our database.
550
Beautiful European cities to choose from.
870
Top-tier universities accepting international students.
€293,558
Typical savings against a private university in the US.
€55,098
Typical savings against in-state tuition in the US.
All inclusive of tuition, living, food, books, health insurance, travel expenses, as well as hidden fees. Compiled with data from students and the official websites from KU Leuven, UNC, and Duke.

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