Top School in Austin for Graphic Design Courses

Austin, TX, has few schools with programs in graphic design. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

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School and Ranking Information

All but one of the schools in or within 25 miles of Austin that provide graphic design programs are for-profit institutions. Based on ranking, student population and student-to-faculty ratio, the following university is considered the top school for graphic design in the Austin area:

  • Winner: St. Edward's University is the only not-for-profit institution in Austin, Texas, providing a degree program in graphic design. The school awards a Bachelor of Arts degree in this field of study.

School Info Chart

Category Saint Edward's University
Ranking #13 (tie) Best Regional Universities (West) (2015)*
Location Austin, Texas
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $33,720**
Graphic Design Degrees Offered Bachelor's
Graphic Design Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013 27**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 70%**
Noteworthy Graphic design students can join Command G, the graphic design student organization; students have access to graphic design and publishing software programs at several on-campus labs

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator

St. Edward's University

  • 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Graphic design program includes classroom instruction, portfolio development and an internship
  • Graphic design majors participate in on-campus senior art shows and gallery exhibitions
  • Graphic design students may compete for the Still Water scholarship, awarded to the student with the highest-quality portfolio

St. Edward's University is a 4-year, Catholic liberal arts school located in Austin, Texas, just a few miles from downtown. Nearly 5,000 students were enrolled in this university in 2013. St. Edward's offers undergraduate and graduate programs through its six schools, and the graphic design program is offered through its School of Humanities.

The primary purpose of the Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design program at St. Edward's University is to provide students with the technical skills and knowledge to communicate complex ideas using a visual medium. Students learn to use and manipulate images and text to create messages for specific audiences. They also explore theories, history and methods associated with the field of graphic design. Some of the core class requirements for graphic design majors include design basics, typography, photography, color theory, interaction design and image methodology. The practical application of concepts and methods taught in the program is achieved through various studio projects.

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