What Are Some Top Painting Schools in the United States?

In the United States, some of the top graduate schools for a master's degree in fine arts are Yale University, Columbia University, California Institute of the Arts, Rhode Island School of Design and School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as noted by the U.S. News & World Report. These schools offer programs in painting and drawing and other areas, such as sculpture, graphic design and printmaking.

Based on the U.S. News & World Report ranking, Yale University is the number one school to earn a master's degree in painting or drawing. Yale is situated in New Haven, Connecticut. The master's degree can take less than three years to complete. Besides painting, some other specialties offered at this school are sculpture and graphic design, as noted by Artspace.

The Rhode Island School of Design, which is in Providence, Rhode Island, is ranked in second place on the U.S. News & World Report list. This school offers a variety of fine arts specialties, including painting, illustration, furniture design and industrial design. Depending on the specialty or program, it can take between one to three years to complete a degree.

Columbia University has third place on this list. At this university, there also are other programs besides painting and to complete the master's degree can take two years.

In all of these schools, the fine arts programs have faculty members that are well-known and respected in the art world. Additionally, many notable artists are graduates of these schools.