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Leading Art & Design, Architecture and Urban Planning Programs 2021

Art & Design, Architecture and Urban Planning
Art & Design, Architecture and Urban Planning Programs 2021

Leading Art & Design Programs 2021

For those of us who need to flex our creative muscle and are attracted to a career that enables this, an Art & Design degree is the obvious route to take. Once qualified, you can explore careers including the following areas:

Graphic designer

In this role you often will be fulfilling specific briefs to communicate, promote or illustrate an idea or concept with a client. Working in this area also necessitates strong communicative and interpretive skills.


A career in photography can lead to specializations in particular areas - automotive, fashion, wedding, or food (to name but a few). Photographers might travel the world extensively, potentially being at the cusp of history defining moments such as documenting revolutions, protests or wars.

Professional artist

It takes determination, self-belief, and persistence, but if you have the talent, people will value your work and you could embark on one of the most satisfying careers imaginable.


As an animator, you might work on children's cartoons, in the visual effects team on a film, or in advertising, video game design and cut scenes, or phone/tablet apps. Animation is an exciting and rapidly evolving field.


You could use your artistic and interpretive skills to give life to children's stories, posters, advertisements, or book / album covers. As well as allowing you to express your own creative style, you can directly influence the success and public perception of the product you work on.


A printmaker might use a number of mediums to produce their work including lithography, etching, woodcuts, block-printing, silk-screening and electronic and digital processes. You will be working to a brief but will have the chance to put your own creative mark on the material.


This is a specialized area that demands focus and vision, as curators are tasked with imparting a sense of cohesion and thematic consistency to exhibitions and collections in museums, art galleries and other spaces designed for public viewing. A good curator has to contextualize and frame the artifacts they are entrusted with in a way that they can best be appreciated and enjoyed by the public.

The Cleveland Institute of Art is one of the nation's leading accredited independent colleges of art and design. Since 1882, the College has nurtured individuals to pursue and attain creative careers that matter personally—and to the world. From the start, students are encouraged to think of their work in a professional context. As they build technical and problem-solving skills, they are encouraged to explore other art and design disciplines. They establish and refine standards of quality for their work, and learn to communicate effectively about their ideas and projects.

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Dedicated to transforming lives through the arts, the College of the Arts at Kent State University is comprised of the School of Art, the School of Fashion, the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, the School of Theatre and Dance, and the Kent State University Museum. The College is also the home of the Kent/Blossom Arts summer programs: Kent Blossom Music Festival, Porthouse Theatre, and the Kent/Blossom Art Intensives.

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Leading Architecture Programs 2021

Architecture involves more than just planning building structures - the discipline can encompass many diverse areas and specializations, some of which include:


Restoration architects conduct the sympathetic and considerate restoration and conservation of historically and culturally important buildings and structures.

Urban Planning

This discipline requires adaptability and problem-solving skills on a large scale and challenges the architect to render urban designs and solutions that are scalable to economic and demographic changes in the population. Planners also have to give consideration to environmental and sustainability factors.

Landscape Architects

Architecture in this area is interwoven with globalization and climate change considerations. The discipline principally covers landscapes, infrastructure, public areas, agriculture and forestry.

Extreme Architects

As the world becomes more effected by the ravishes of climate change, the need for architects to be able to design structures that can function in extreme conditions that are often caused by heat waves, deforestation, regular flooding or hurricanes.

The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) Architecture Department Programs - Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture - are designed to empower a new generation of architects committed to improving the built environment and leading through meaningful design innovation. The programs provide students with a holistic education, enabling them with creative abilities, cultural background, technical skills, and professional knowledge to pursue an impactful career in architecture, both in Macao and internationally.

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Leading Architecture Programs 2021

Leading Urban Planning Programs 2021

Urban planning is a unique and rewarding field, involving creating and shaping environments that have a direct impact on the communities inhabiting them. Urban planners work with local officials to develop solutions that encompass social, economic, and environmental considerations. Some specialty areas include:

Community development and housing

With the global population increasing and the continued migration of people from rural areas to densely populated cities, increasing consideration must be given to affordable and efficient housing solutions.


Hand in hand with the population density increase, the demands on roads, railways, bridges and tunnels grows as more people use them. Urban planners in this area work on solutions that solve today's problems but are also scalable for the future.

Resilient communities

Climate changes are bringing communities into more conflict with the elements around them – one example being the increased risk of flooding in coastal areas. Here, urban planners might work with the community to design parks that aid in natural draining of water as well as doubling as recreational space, or with the city government to develop infrastructure such as pumps and piping that can move vast quantities of flood water away from inhabited areas.

The STEM-designated Urban Planning and Policy Development program at Rutgers University's Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, ranked #3 according to the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs, educates innovative people who wish to combine social concerns with analytic skills.

In an increasingly urbanized and interconnected world, the convergence of disciplines—urban planning, public policy, public health, health administration and informatics—creates the opportunity to understand the importance of these disciplines in livability and health and well-being. Students come to the Bloustein School to be part of the solution to create a better tomorrow.

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York University's new Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC) has been created as a call to action to respond to the most pressing challenges facing people and the planet. Established in 2020, EUC brings together world class scientists and scholars, producing research and mobilizing knowledge around transformative solutions to the climate crisis, loss of biodiversity, increased urbanization and how these dynamics impact the most vulnerable. This new Faculty empowers, educates and trains future changemakers through innovative and hands-on programs for graduate and undergraduate study, including one of the most diverse and globally renowned Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) Planning program.

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