From America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools

Updated 6/8/16

Research college majors and Art Colleges, Institutes and University Programs in the US.

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Attend one of NACAC’s Performing and Visual Arts Fair to gather data on various programs.

Once you have decided that you would like to include some universities, art schools, art institutes or conservatories on your list, use the Internet, guidebooks, and of course teachers, and other knowledgeable people to find the programs that suits you best. Visit the individual websites of the colleges in which you are interested. Attend college fairs and meetings at your high school scheduled with admissions representatives. Thumb through college catalogues, view videos, and read brochures. Read the school newspaper online through Campus Newspapers by State. Can’t get to a campus? Why not take a virtual visit from home. If the college or university offers an interactive blog with students, take part and get your questions answered. Though virtual visits should not be a replacement for actual college tours and information sessions on campus, they can be a great way to start gathering important information and gauge the makeup of the school community. Choose from the following by using one of the following websites:

Campus Virtual Tours – Virtual tours of college campus.

Channel One Virtual College Tours – Student virtual discussions online on campus topics.

College Week Live-Virtual College Fair – Interact with college admissions representatives online.

Virtual Campus Tours – Tour the Campus of 25 Top Colleges and Universities

Your Campus 360 – A walking virtual tour of college campuses.

YOUniveristy – Review virtual college video tours and students’ interviews about the campus.

You Tube Education – Search, tour, and watch student and faculty interviews online.

Youvisit – View virtual college tours. – Dr. Christine Hand Gonzales’ college planning blog

Web sites of professional and certifying organizations for architects, designers and other visual artists:

NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design). NASAD is the certifying organization for all Art & Design Colleges (both public and private, university and independent)

AICAD (Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design). This is a very helpful site that lists all member schools by name, city, major, and degree offered for each major. Affiliations include schools in Canada as well as the U.S.

ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture). Member listing of all association members by name.

CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation)

NAAB (National Architectural Accrediting Board). The NAAB is the sole agency authorized to accredit US professional degree programs in Architecture. This page posts document link to listings of accredited and associate programs of architecture in and beyond the U.S.