At the Hartford Art School, we educate the whole artist through rigorous studio-based disciplines in a liberal arts university setting. And with an undergraduate enrollment of about 310 students, you can count on lots of personal attention from the professional artists, designers, and historians who teach our classes in eight diverse studio areas and art history.
Because we are part of a comprehensive university with a broad range of courses that complement our studio disciplines, you will learn the skills it takes for you to thrive wherever your passion takes you. Courses in creative or technical writing, computer science, communications, marketing, management, history, literature, or education—whatever you desire to complement your studio courses and further your career objectives—are available at the University of Hartford.
The Hartford Art School has a rich history, beginning in 1877 with its founding by a who’s who of late 19th century Hartford women. These visionary individuals included Harriet Beecher Stowe, the abolitionist writer; Olivia Clemens, the wife of Mark Twain; Elizabeth Colt, the president of Colt’s Firearms Manufacturing Company; Susan Warner, the wife of Charles Dudley Warner, the editor of the Hartford Courant; and Mary Bushnell Cheney of Cheney Silk Mills. No doubt the founders would have been proud that the school they created in Hartford more than a century and a quarter ago is now one of the most highly regarded art schools in the country.
In 1957 the Hartford Art School merged with The Hartt College of Music and Hillyer College to form the University of Hartford. Today the University has seven colleges, more than 4,500 undergraduate students, a total enrollment of 7,000 students, and includes graduate and professional programs.
Hartford Art School students have the best of both worlds. They are enrolled in a rigorous professional studio-based program that is an integral part of a thriving university environment. Our 350 undergraduate and 90 graduate students have access to a large university library; university-wide lectures; expertise in other colleges; as well as outstanding music, theater, and dance concerts; plus sports events held throughout the year.