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Fine Arts and Design School Rankings

Organizations and individuals have been ranking fine arts and design schools for years. In the US, a whole industry has arisen focused on the ranking of universities and colleges, including undergraduate fine arts and design schools. National and international organizations such as US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, The Washington Monthly and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) based in Shanghai, China, regularly publish general rankings designed to identify the "best" graduate and undergraduate schools and programs according to quality and value. Less "official" rankings can also be found in resources like StudentsReview, Rugg's Recommendations on the Colleges, and Community College Week. Schools and programs may also be ranked by industry-specific publications such as, in the case of design, DesignIntelligence magazine, and some publications have specialty sections, such as BusinessWeek's "D-Schools" ranking list. In addition, some professional associations have reports from student surveys about various schools and programs which provide still more school or program "rankings." These associations--for example the College Art Association (CAA)--often offer awards and honors for teaching excellence, and looking at who they have honored can also be used to supplement your 'ranking' of schools.

Each of these sources, however, uses its own particular set of criteria for ranking schools and programs. In the case of the controversial Gourman Report, the author specifically refuses to disclose his methodology. How then should all these rankings be interpreted?

First, the ranking reports often come with detailed data to support conclusions, and while data collection may be criticized, the editors of these reports usually make an effort to ensure that statistics are comparable. So the reports can be used by you to compare institutions and schools on the basis of the data provided.

Second, the statistics that come from the rankings can also suggest topics that need to be studied in more detail. For instance, if a school offers co-op or industry internships but has only a few listings of frequent employers for graduates, you may want to ask why.

All university and college rankings have one other thing in common: they are a list of institutions and schools. Scanning the list might suggest a fine arts and design school that you had not considered or perhaps even heard of. Used this way, the rankings can help expand your list of schools that can then be researched in more detail.

However, you should never judge based on rankings alone. Fine arts and design school rankings are important, but there are other factors that need to be taken into consideration. Schools that are less prominent may have a program that suits your needs better than any nationally ranked schools. Lesser known regional universities and colleges can also be a good choice if you wish to remain close to home during your studies. Often times, these schools have the strongest relationships with local industries and employers. Once you have accumulated this information, you can create your own fine arts and design school rankings.

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