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Attending Art School in Dallas

For many Americans, the sheer mention of Dallas conjures up images of oil tycoons with ten gallon hats, the cowboys (those who play football and those who do not),  and, of course, Southfork. Given these rather strong associations, there may not seem to be enough room for a thriving art scene. However, an art student considering this hospitable metropilis should know that, in fact, the opportunitues available for aspiring artists looking to show their work are as vast and inspiring as those big Texas skies. The great quantity of museums is only exceeded in count by the community art centers that seek to teach and inspire their local citizens. From the Bath House Cutlutral Center that houses a theatre, two galleries, a dark room, and more, to the Creative Arts Center that offers diverse classes and workshops for most any art medium, the city of Dallas seems to make a point of encouraging the growth and awareness of art among its population. Though the Dallas Museum of Art is one of the more recognizable museums in the city, other museums including The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (MAC), the Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, which hosts 20 “challenging” exhibitions by Texans a year, offer wonderful alternatives to the more traditional museum presentations. As if the number of places to see is not enough, the myriad events to enjoy each year are also impressive. An art student can hobnob with the best local artists at the annual Deep Elum Arts Festival, the Cottonwood Art Festival, the Grapevine New Vintage Wine & Arts Festival, and Artfest, an enormous arts festival occurring every Memorial Day weekend. Finally, in keeping with the city’s motto, “Live Large. Think Big”, so too are the great number of options for art schools. In addition to the Art Institute of Dallas, both the University of Dallas and Southern Methodist University offer excellent art departments. Simpy put, the potential for inspiration for any up and coming artist in need is, to put it plainly, big.

Two North Park, 8080 Park Lane
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 692-8080
www.aid.edu
Enrollment:  
1463
Faculty:  
62
Programs:  
Advertising Design, Culinary Arts, Digital Media Production, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interactive Media Design, Interior Design, Media Arts & Animation, Restaurant & Catering Management, Video Production
Degrees:  
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Associates of Applied Science
Features:  
Student galleries, shared facilities with Argosy University, accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
PO Box 750221
Dallas, TX 75275-0221
(214) 768-2000
www.smu.edu
Enrollment:  
6, 090
Faculty:  
576
Programs:  
Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography, Art History, Arts Administration
Degrees:  
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Combined MA and MBA in Arts Administration (completed in conjunction with Edwin L. Cox School of Business), BA or BFA in Art History, MA in Art History
Noted Alumni:  
David Bates (artist), Kathy Bates (actress), Michael Rogue Collins (painter), Laura Bush, Paige Davis (television host), Craig Flournoy (Pulitzer Prize winning journalist), Lauren Graham (actress), Beth Henley (Pulitzer Prize winning playwright), Andrea Immer-Robinson (wine expert and television personality), Patricia Richardson (actress), Aaron Spelling (producer), Payne Stewart (golfer), and Regina Taylor
Why You Should Go Here:  
There is always something to do or be a part of as the Meadows produces more than 400 events a year.