Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts

A classical education for contemporary artists

Located in the inspiring natural splendor of Old Lyme, Connecticut, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is a four-year, NASAD-accredited college offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in drawing, illustration, painting, and sculpture. It has been ranked as one of the best small fine arts schools in the country.

Traditional and innovative

The College is a small boutique arts school with strong tradition of faculty-student collaboration. The program reflects a deep respect for both traditional and innovative forms of artistic instruction and provides an unrivaled foundation for developing unique visual expressions.

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts was founded by American sculptor and educator Elisabeth Gordon Chandler as a figurative academy in 1976. In 2014, the school merged with the University of New Haven, fusing the University’s strong liberal arts offering with the school’s classical fine arts curriculum.

Internationally known artists

The campus in Old Lyme features 10 large studio spaces and dedicated studios for seniors, designed to provide an MFA-style independent experience at a BFA level. In addition to the College’s working artist faculty, internationally known artists visit the campus each semester to give lectures and conduct critiques of student work.