The U.S. News & World Report's list of the bestf ine arts graduate programs in 2012 included Yale, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Many ranking systems do not rank undergraduate art schools because there are so few of them.
The other schools in the U.S. News & World Report's rankings included several schools dedicated specifically to art, such as Cranbrook Academy of Art, the Maryland Institute College of Art, and the California Institute of the Arts. It also included more general universities with reputable MFA programs, such as UCLA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Carnegie Mellon and Columbia University. Although these evaluations were based on a peer assessment survey designed to ask about the graduate program, most of the universities and art schools also have well-known programs at the undergraduate level.
In 2014, ArtSpace Magazine's list of 10 influential MFA programs also included Yale, UCLA, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, RISD and Columbia. CalArts, Goldsmiths and the School of Visual Arts also made ArtSpace's list, as well as the School of the MFA in Boston and Bard College's low-residency MFA program.
According to PayScale, a salary evaluation company, some of the best undergraduate schools for art and design as determined by starting and mid-career salaries include Cornell, Pratt, NYU and the Fashion Institute. RISD is also included on this list.