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Top Graphic Design School in Philadelphia

Students interested in studying graphic design in Philadelphia, PA, have about eight schools to choose from. Read about the top school's degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

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Seven of the eight schools in Philadelphia that offer programs in graphic design are private colleges and universities, including two that operate on a for-profit basis. The sole public school on the list is also the largest and provides students with the chance to study with professional designers and develop portfolios while earning their degrees.

  • Winner: Temple University's Tyler School of Art offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Graphic and Interactive Design. Admission to the 60-credit MFA in Graphic and Interactive Design program is selective.

School Info Chart

Category Temple University
Rankings #121 among National Universities (2015);
#58 among Top Pubic Schools (2015);
#13 among graduate fine arts schools (2012)*
Location Philadelphia, PA
School Type 4-year; public
Tuition and Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate: $14,096 (in-state);
$24,122 (out-of-state)**
Graphic Design Degree Awards Offered Bachelor's and master's
Graphic Design Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 54**
Most Popular Graphic Design Degree in 2013 Bachelor's (48)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 entering class 66%**
Noteworthy The university's North Philadelphia Arts and Culture Alliance (NPACA) helps to promote performing and visual arts in the area.

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

Temple University

  • Undergraduate design students learn to create for both electronic and print media, such as mobile apps
  • Undergraduate internships in ad agencies, design firms and museums
  • Faculty mentors for graduate students are professional designers
  • Graduate students enter design competitions and submit their work to design journals

Founded in 1884, Temple University has an annual student enrollment of nearly 37,300 and a student-faculty ratio of 14:1. The university is composed of 17 colleges and schools based on nine state and international campuses, including the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Students here can pursue undergraduate and/or graduate programs in graphic and interactive design, fine arts and visual studies, among other disciplines. The undergraduate graphic design programs expose students to a variety of design practices, such as advertising, branding, packaging and signage; graduate students focus on large-scale design assignments.

All freshman in the BFA in Graphic and Interactive Design program complete basic studio arts courses in 2-D and 3-D art and design, drawing and digital imaging. Upper-level coursework includes topics in advanced graphic design and typography, advertising design and digital narration; seniors also compile a professional portfolio. Once students have been admitted to the selective MFA in Graphic and Interactive Design program, they take seminars and project courses in art history, digital art, photography and visual design. They also conduct significant research and write; the program culminates in a thesis exhibit, slide show and statement.

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