Stroll the greatest gallery districts in any major city on the planet, and you will find the independent artists who make the great works you pass by. Most of these artists went to art school, and learned from the ground up how to let their visions become reality. Don’t let the competitive nature of the art world intimidate you. If you are truly great, your works will shine through. As with other majors, the quality and scope of a schools actual facilities should be a high priority.

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  • Professional Associations are where the industry of the major gather together
  • Many have student chapters you can join while in college
  • Many offer internships, scholarships, and opportunities in the major

Student Associations

National Sculpture Society is the oldest organization of professional sculptors in the United States. Visit
The mission of the Council is to promote understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft. Visit
View a multitude of resources here on the academy that recognizes arts, humanities, and natural and social sciences achievements in the U.S. Visit
Whether you have been an NAEA member for 60 years, joined yesterday, or are considering membership in the near future, this information is for you. Please accept it with our thanks for your continued support of substantive art education. Visit
National organization representing the interests of those who deal with ceramics. Visit
NWS brings before the public the best of water media painting, representing a wide range of directions and technique, from experimental to traditional. Visit
The National Cartoonists Society is the world's largest and most prestigious organization of professional cartoonists. Visit
The American Association of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. Visit
The purpose of the Association of Art Museum Directors is to support its members in increasing the contribution of art museums to society. Visit
Investigate this site for data on an organization that supports artists exhibiting their work at various arts and crafts fairs and events. Visit