Online Art Schools in Kentucky

For such a populous state, it somewhat surprising that Kentucky has less post-secondary education options that the national average. The state has 76 Title IV degree-granting institutions operating within its borders with a pretty even distribution between public schools, for-profit private schools, and not-for-profit private schools. That number isn’t far below the national average of 90 institutions, but is still surprising given Kentucky’s populace. Even more puzzling is that just three of those institutions have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Of course that doesn’t mean Kentucky doesn’t offer excellent arts education programs, including some that cater to students looking for an online learning experience.

The University of Kentucky offers a master’s degree in music education and Murray State University offers a number of online arts-related courses, an online master’s degree in reading and writing, and an online certificate in professional writing. Also, Western Kentucky University offers a master’s degree in sports media and branding and instructional design, and the University of Louisville offers a bachelor’s degree in communications online as well. Those are just some of the state-specific options you should research before making your choice.

Of course there are also plenty of national online and campus-based arts education providers offering arts-related degree programs to Kentucky students. Brown Mackie College and Sullivan College of Technology and Design are two campus-based schools with campuses in Louisville, while Harrison College, University of Phoenix, and Kaplan University are just a sampling of recognized online education providers serving Kentucky students.

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Why take online art classes in Kentucky?

While Kentucky’s creative industry may not account for as much of the economic success of that state as it does in some of the nation’s other states, it is still a large industry that offers a wide-range of arts-related options to aspiring art professionals and recent graduates from art schools. As of January 2012, the state had more than 8,200 arts-related businesses employing more than 27,500 people and opportunities were pretty evenly distributed across the state.

That is a lot of different options for people looking to start or continue their creative careers in Kentucky. Of course that also means there will be lots of competition for these jobs, which is why attending online art school in Kentucky may give students a leg up in the local job search because they will have had years to network, get familiar with the local creative landscape, and find internships that prove their skills and ability.

Online Education in Kentucky Overview

When it comes to adoption of online education and support for alternative learning methods, Kentucky lags far behind most of the nation. Charter schools still don’t exist because state law won’t allow them, and while high school students have access to individual online classes, they are the only students with that access and that state still doesn’t offer full-time enrollment in a virtual school. It doesn’t even have a statewide approval process for digital learning providers and why would they when they don’t have any full-time digital learning providers to begin with.

As one can imagine, the national campaign for online learning, Digital Learning Now, did not look favorably upon the progress of the Bluegrass State when it conducted its state report card. The campaign gave Kentucky low scores in nearly every category, but especially funding, infrastructure, and quality choices. Remember these scores do not take into account post-secondary virtual school options but clearly Kentucky has work to do before it can be considered a friend of online education.