Top School in Salt Lake City for a Graphic Designer Career

Students interested in studying graphic design in Salt Lake City, UT, have several schools to choose from. Read about one top local school's degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

School and Ranking Info

There are roughly eight schools near Salt Lake City, UT, that offer programs in graphic design, and six of these schools are for-profit institutions. The top school in the area is a nationally ranked university that offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts with a specialization in graphic design.

  • Winner: The University of Utah is the oldest postsecondary institution in the state and home to the Utah Museum of the Fine Arts. The university has a College of Fine Arts which offers Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs in graphic design.

School Info Chart

Category University of Utah
Rankings #129 among National Universities (2015);
#63 among Top Public Schools (2015);
#93 among best Graduate Fine Arts Programs (2012)*
Location Salt Lake City, UT
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition and Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate: $7,457 (in-state);
$23,736 (out-of-state)**
General Art and Art Studies Degrees Offered Bachelor's and master's
General Art and Art Studies Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 92**
Most Popular Art and Art Studies Degree Level in 2013 Bachelor's (88 awarded)
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 entering class 60%**
Noteworthy 'Arts Pass' provides university students with discounted or free admission to arts organizations, exhibits and performances

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

University of Utah

  • High school students who reside in Utah may be eligible for studio art scholarships; graduate or teaching assistant positions may be available to MFA students
  • University Art Building includes two computer labs with Macintosh equipment and software
  • MFA students usually receive their own studio space

The University of Utah enrolls more than 32,000 students a year and has a relatively low student-faculty ration of 13:1. The College of Fine Arts includes the Department of Art and Art History, which offers programs studio art. Among the seven areas of emphasis found in the studio art program are specializations in digital imaging and photography, art technology and graphic design. Applicants to the graduate graphic design program must submit a 20-image portfolio and letters of recommendation.

Undergraduates in the 122-credit BFA in Graphic Design program complete first-year coursework in 2-D and 3-D design and visual language, after which they can learn how to solve graphic design problems and participate in digital studio work. Upper-level coursework includes studies in environmental and information graphics, advertising design, branding and typography. The 60-credit MFA in Graphic Design allows for a 26-credit specialization in graphic design. The program culminates in a final paper, documented exhibition and oral exam.

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