The Masters of Fine Arts Program rankings were based solely on the results of a peer assessment survey. Their ranking were based on a survey of art school deans and other top art school academics, two per school, at 220 master of fine arts programs in art and design. Respondents were asked to rate the academic quality of programs on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding). Scores for each school were totaled and divided by the number of respondents who rated that school.

Rhode Island School of Design is ranked top in the league table. It offers Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in 11 disciplines:
– Ceramics
– Painting
– Furniture Design
– Photography
– Digital + Media
– Printmaking
– Glass
– Sculpture
– Graphic Design
– Textiles
– Jewelry + Metalsmithing

Top 10 Masters of Fine Arts Program Ranking:

1 Rhode Island School of Design
2 Yale
3 School of the Art Institute of Chicago
4 Cranbrook Academy
4 Maryland Institute
4 Virginia Commonwealth University
7 California Institute
10 Alfred University

Source: US News 2009

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