School and Ranking Info
While there are approximately ten schools within 25 miles of Dallas, TX, that offer programs in advertising, communication and graphic design, students who are willing to travel a little further can find a top-notch program at a large public university. Many of its programs have been approved by the National Association of Art and Design (NASAD); students also have access to up-to-date facilities and professional internships.
- Winner: The University of North Texas is located in Denton, TX, about 35 miles away from Dallas. The university offers a professional undergraduate program in communication design that can help students prepare for careers as art directors or graphic designers.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of North Texas|
|Rankings||#62 among Best Graduate Fine Arts Programs (2012)*|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Tuition and Fees (2013-2014)|| Undergraduate: $8,745 (in-state);
|Design and Visual Communication Degrees Offered||Bachelor's and master's|
|Design and Visual Communication Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||39**|
|Most Popular Design and Visual Communication Degree Level in 2012-2013||Bachelor's (32 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 entering class||50%**|
|Noteworthy||Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Communication Design program is accredited by NASAD|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator.
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University of North Texas
- Students have access to design labs with state-of-the-art computer software programs and applications
- Undergraduate communication program helps students become familiar with current digital applications
- Students nearing the final phase of the program are encouraged to participate in an internship
The University of North Texas serves the academic needs of 38,300 students a year through 13 colleges and schools, including the College of Arts and Sciences. The college offers 30 undergraduate and graduate concentrations and degree programs, including a BFA in Communication Design. Graduate programs can lead to a Master of Arts or a Master of Fine Arts in Design, but students should be aware in advance that the program emphasis is on design research.
In the BFA in Communication Design program, students learn to use their creative and technical skills to design appealing advertising and commercial art campaigns. In the first year of the program, students must pass a portfolio review before they can advance to the next level. During the second year, they take classes in color rendering, drawing and typography. Third-year studies focus on advertising and graphic design, art direction and commercial art. The final year of the program includes a senior and final portfolio review.