Online Art Schools in Alaska

Those considering the Pacific Northwest for a college education will be pleased to know that the state of Washington has a large number of post-secondary education options to choose from. Not only are there a total of 85 Title IV degree-granting institutions within its borders, but more than half of those institutions are public and another 23 institutions are private, not-for-profit schools. For those interested in an arts education, many of those 85 institutions offer art degree programs or majors and minors in arts-related subjects. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design has accredited three of those schools and those are hardly the only reputable choices to sift through. There are also a number of online art schools in Washington and online art degree programs in Washington for students considering an alternative form of learning.

Western Washington University offers a large array of online courses in arts-related subjects such as theater, music education and creative writing and the University of Washington also offers online courses in similar arts subjects like communication, digital media, and writing. Washington State University offers an undergraduate certificate in professional writing and a number of online courses in arts subjects and the City University of Seattle offers undergraduate certificates in social media and an online bachelor’s degree in communications. These aren’t the only state-specific online art schools in Washington however so make sure to do thorough research before making your selection.

There are also a group of national online and campus-based education providers that work with students from Washington. The Art Institutes, the International Academy of Design and Technology, DeVry University, and Le Cordon Bleu Schools all have campuses in Seattle or Bellevue and The Art Institute of Pittsburg, Stevens-Henager, and American InterContinental University are three of the online education providers catering to students in Washington who wish to take a fully online degree program in everything from graphic design to hotel/restaurant management.

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Why take online art classes in Washington?

Washington’s creative industry plays an important role in the state’s economical health and it is an excellent source of options and resources for students interested in starting their art careers in Washington. As of January 2012, Washington was home to more than 27,000 arts-related businesses that employ more than 73,000 people with most of the businesses clustered around Seattle and Tacoma in the West and Spokane in the East.

Those businesses make up more than five percent of the state’s total businesses, proving that the creative industry in Washington is flourishing. That sizable and booming creative industry is why students should consider taking online art classes in Washington. Not only will students be able to meet like-minded students and network with local art professionals, but those 27,000 plus businesses probably have experience employing graduates of local universities, and that familiarity may come in handy when graduates of online art schools in Washington begin the job search in the state where they got their education.

Online Education in Washington Overview

Washington has taken a unique approach to statewide online secondary education and it has resulted in an improving environment for virtual education for students in high school and below. While the state doesn’t authorize charter schools, it does allow private school students the opportunity to take individual online courses and offers full-time virtual schools and online individual classes to students of all grade levels. But what makes the state unique in some ways is that it allows the school districts to decide what to do about online education, leaving the amount of virtual opportunities and providers completely up to the school district itself.

The state also received a lot of excellent scores on its 2011 report card put together by the national campaign for online learning, Digital Learning Now. Its quality choices, personalized learning, lack of barriers to access, and student access are among the best in the nation. As soon as it develops more funding and infrastructure, it will be one of the best states in the country for online secondary education.