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Last modified: Thursday, July 18, 2013

IU Bloomington ranks sixth in nation for number of fine arts degree programs

July 18, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Bloomington is sixth in the nation for the number of degree programs available in the fine arts, according to a new 50-school ranking by The College Database.

The Bloomington campus offers 18 degree-granting programs in the fine arts, according to the organization's listing, "50 U.S. Colleges Where Art Programs Abound." The list ranked IU behind New York University (28 programs); Suffolk University and Northwestern University (20 programs); and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and Lindenwood University (19 programs).

Rounding out the top 10 are the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (18 programs) and the University of Texas at El Paso, University of Iowa and Southern Illinois University Carbondale (17 programs.)

The ranking does not include performing arts degrees. It lists only fully accredited, nonprofit degree-granting institutions and was created using data gathered through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, the primary federal source for data on colleges, universities, and technical and vocational postsecondary schools in the U.S.

IU Bloomington's ranking was calculated using the recording arts technology degree available through the Jacobs School of Music; fine and studio arts management degrees available through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs; art studies, studio arts and art history degrees through the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts; art teacher education degrees through the School of Education; and theater arts and stagecraft degrees through the Department of Theatre and Drama. The School of Fine Arts and the Department of Theatre and Drama are part of the College of Arts and Sciences.

"We are delighted to be recognized as a place where arts resources and opportunities flourish. It is an indication of the interest in and support of the arts in the College of Arts and Sciences and myriad schools and departments on this campus," said Paul Brown, director of the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts and an associate professor of graphic design. "In addition, it is verification of the quality of the programs, students and faculty at Indiana University Bloomington and the schools, departments and programs that support the arts."