School and Ranking Information
Two public and two for-profit schools in Sacramento provide degree programs in graphic design. Based on student population, ranking and number of 4-year degrees conferred, the following university is considered a top Sacramento school for graphic design studies:
- Winner: California State University (CSU) - Sacramento is the largest school in terms of enrollment offering graphic design studies in the city. It also awards the highest number of bachelor's degrees in graphic design among all schools in Sacramento. Students can earn a Bachelor of Science degree in this subject.
School Info Chart
|Category||California State University - Sacramento|
|Rankings||#58 among best regional universities in the West (2015), and #16 among top public schools in the West (2015)*|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $6,628 (in-state); $17,788 (out-of-state)**|
|Graphic Design Degrees Offered||Bachelor's|
|Graphic Design Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||33**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||43%**|
|Noteworthy||The graphic design program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design; according to CSU, the graphic design program is one of the most highly sought after graphic design programs in Northern California|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator
California State University - Sacramento
- Graphic design students can join the Graphic Resource Information Design Society, a student chapter of AIGA
- For-credit internship opportunities in professional settings are available
- Guest speakers and exhibitions by professional designers are integrated into the graphic design curriculum
Established in 1947, California State University - Sacramento currently serves nearly 29,000 students. The university, also referred to as Sacramento State, offers 58 undergraduate programs, 41 master's programs and two doctoral programs. The Department of Design in the School of the Arts offers programs in interior design, photography and graphic design.
The Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design program seeks to help students communicate messages using images and visual media. Graphic design students study digital design, visual basics, history of graphic design, beginning drawing and basic photography techniques during lower-level courses. After they complete these courses, they must submit a portfolio of work for approval and subsequent acceptance into the program. Upper-level courses focus on typography, visual principles, design production management, time-based graphic design and advanced graphic design.
Students enrolled in the graphic design major are also required to complete electives that highlight their own personal interests in the field. These might include courses related to silkscreening, European design, digital imaging techniques, photography or 20th century art. Students may complete internships for class credit.