University of Arizona
University of Arizona

Why Attend Arizona?

The College of Fine Arts is part of a student-centered, top-100 global university. The University of Arizona is repeatedly recognized for its outstanding academic programs and exceptional value.

Arizona is where arts students collaborate with leading faculty to solve critical problems and make the world better. The campus abounds with goundbreaking discovery. Whether leading space missions with NASA or discovering better ways to feed the planet, Arizona prepares students for a rapidly changing world through a hands-on approach to learning. Over 40,000 students are enrolled at the university, coming from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

The university campus is located in the heart of sunny Tucson, Arizona, a city that offers rich culture and breathtaking landscapes of the Sonoran Desert. Tucson also offers a thriving arts scene with a wealth of galleries, theaters, music venues and cultural events. This dynamic arts environment nurtures artistic growth, exposure and collaboration.

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Recent Arts Rankings

  • The University of Arizona’s arts and humanities programs ranked No. 10 among public universities and No. 26 among all U.S. institutions in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.
  • The School of Art’s MFA photography program ranked No. 3 in the nation among graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Programs (March 2020). The school’s overall MFA program ranked No. 15 in the same report among public universities.
  • The School of Theatre, Film & Television’s film program was ranked No. 6 among public universities in The Wrap’s “Top 50 Film Schools” in 2022.
  • The School of Art’s Illustration + Design program was ranked No. 9 nationally for public universities by Animation Career Review, which considered nearly 150 institutions.
  • The School of Dance ranked No. 9 overall and No. 2 among public universities by OnStage.

At the College of Fine Arts, we appreciate the traditional and we embrace the new. We also prepare the next generation of arts administrators with a collaboration with the Eller College of Management, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and others. Students acquire skills in fundraising, programming, community engagement, advocacy, financial, and marketing for creative organizations with the Arts Administration minor.