Online Art Schools in Rhode Island

One of the country’s smallest states, it should come as no surprise that Rhode Island cannot boast the same robust selection of post-secondary education options as other states. Rhode Island has just 13 Title IV degree-granting institutions within its borders, a little more than one-ninth the national average, but just becomes options are few, doesn’t mean an excellent higher education can be earned at a school in Rhode Island. In addition, Rhode Island’s 13 schools offer multiple opportunities to earn a respectable online arts education. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design has accredited three of those 13 schools and some of the others offer arts education as well. A few of these schools have even begun to offer online degrees in a variety of subjects, including a handful of arts-related subjects.

Perhaps the most well-known art school within the state, the Rhode Island School of Design, offers a handful of online courses in graphic design, marketing, and photography through its continuing education program. And the University of Rhode Island, Bryant University, and Roger Williams University are three other Rhode Island institutions that offer online courses to students. These are only some of the state-specific online degree programs available however and interested parties should do thorough research before choosing their program.

There are also a group of national online and campus-based education providers that work with students from Rhode Island. The New England Institute of Technology has a nearby campus in Connecticut and the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts is not far away either and it offers a wide variety of online and campus-based art degrees. If you are solely looking for completely online art schools in Rhode Island, the American InterContinental University, University of Phoenix, and Penn Foster Schools are a few of the well-known online education providers that serve Rhode Island students.

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Why take online art classes in Rhode Island?

It may be small, but Rhode Island is still home to a thriving arts community and creative industry that is surprisingly large given the size of the state. As of January 2012, Rhode Island supported 3,248 arts-related businesses that employ 13,445 people, which is nearly five percent of the state’s total businesses and is also a lot of options to choose from for recent online art school graduates in Rhode Island.

For those looking to start their art careers in Rhode Island, attending online art classes in Rhode Island may provide a distinct advantage when it comes time to look for a job. These programs offer networking opportunities with fellow students, professors, and art professionals across the state and local employers are likely to have worked with local universities and their graduates before, so if a student graduates from online art schools in Rhode Island, that student may have a leg up in the local job search.

Online Education in Rhode Island Overview

Rhode Island is another state with lots of statewide online secondary education options but not a lot of resources to ensure the alternative method may truly flourish. Home-schooled and private-schooled students are eligible for publicly funded online education in Rhode Island and the state requires schools to provide online programs and classes to all grade levels, but there is still very little funding, infrastructure, or quality content, as the state report card from Digital Learning Now points out.

The report card doesn’t include higher education options, and it does give Rhode Island decent scores in the barriers to access and quality choices categories, but it is still an accurate evaluation of where Rhode Island is falling short in the quest to provide statewide virtual education at the secondary level.