School and Ranking Info
There are six institutes and universities less than 20 miles away from Kansas City, MO, that offer programs for aspiring multimedia artists and graphic designers; four of the schools are for-profit institutions. Based upon the professionalism and strength of its program, the top choice for multimedia and graphic design is a suburban, regional university located about ten miles away from downtown Kansas City.
- Winner: Park University is the largest not-for-profit school with programs in multimedia and graphic design near Kansas City. The school offers an undergraduate program that prepares students to become graphic designers, digital illustrators, web designers and media professionals.
School Info Chart
|Ranking||7th most affordable private university/college in the nation (2013)*|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition and Fees (2013-2014)||Undergraduate: $10,600**|
|Graphic Design Degrees Offered||Bachelor's|
|Graphic Design Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||13**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 entering class||43%**|
|Noteworthy||Graphic design students can take courses at the Kansas City Art Institute through the Kansas City Area Student Exchange (KCASE)|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator.
- Up-to-date Macintosh studio has 16 workstations
- Instructional models targeted towards career preparation and real-world design environments
- Undergraduate design internship in the senior year
- Portfolio development course
Park University serves nearly 14,000 students a year and has a student-faculty ratio of 12:1. Originally established in 1875, it now has 43 campuses spread across 21 states, although the main headquarters is situated in Parkville. One of six academic schools at Park University, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences emphasizes experiential learning and offers programs related to the fine and performing arts, humanities and social sciences. Through the Art and Design Department, students who are interested in working in the field of multimedia and digital design can pursue an undergraduate degree program in graphic design; an 18-credit minor is also available.
The Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design requires 66 credits of major coursework, including a 15-credit freshman core that covers topics in 2-D and 3-D design, color theory, drawing and the visual arts. Through the graphic design courses, undergraduates become familiar with computer imaging, typographic principles and web page design. A course in multimedia and programming can be used to fulfill part of the 9-credit elective requirement.