At the Hartford Art School, you will build the skills that will enable you to successfully enter the professional world. We offer eight studio majors leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), one Bachelor of Arts (BA) program in Art History, and three Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs.
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.
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.
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Olivia Clemens, Elizabeth Colt, Susan Warner and Mary Bushnell Cheney–the most prominent women of the 19th century in Hartford–founded the Hartford Art School in 1877. The school these visionaries created 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 schools and colleges, more than 4,500 undergraduate students, a total enrollment of 7,000 students, and includes graduate and professional programs.
The University of Hartford combines a traditionally strong commitment to shared community values of support and encouragement with academic challenge in a wide variety of programs and disciplines to prepare our students for success in the world.
The Hartford Art School’s mission and vision have a viable relationship to the purposes of the University of Hartford. The vision reflects the University’s strategic focus on career readiness.
The Hartford Art School cultivates creative careers in art and design by fostering dexterity with materials and ideas.
Our mission is to honor a dynamic balance between the traditional and emerging arts, reflecting an ever-changing world. With a history of educating creative practitioners and critical thinkers, we encourage our students to be proactive and to develop their unique artistic vision. Together we value the local and international communities and participate in the culture at large.
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Hartford Art School
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117