Top School in San Bernardino, CA, for Graphic Design

Students interested in studying graphic design in the San Bernardino, CA, area have just a few schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

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School and Ranking Information

There are only about seven schools with graphic design programs within 20 miles of San Bernardino, CA. The following schools are considered the top three based on rankings, location and graphic design program options:

  • Winner: University of Redlands, located in Redlands, is at the top of the list for its high regional rankings rendered by U.S. News & World Report, high graduation rate and the school's cutting-edge graphic design labs.
  • Runner Up #1: California State University in San Bernardino is the first runner up for its location; it also offered the lowest tuition rate among these three schools and is the only school to offer a master's-level program in graphic design.
  • Runner Up #2: La Sierra University, situated in Riverside, takes third place for its art club and on-campus gallery where students can exhibit work.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of Redlands California State University - San Bernardino La Sierra University
Rankings 11th among regional universities (West) in 2013,
5th among best value schools (West) in 2013*
54th among regional universities (West) in 2013,
17th for top public schools (West) in 2013,
206th among graduate fine arts programs in 2012, nationwide*
Location Redlands, CA (7.9 miles from downtown San Bernardino) San Bernardino, CA Riverside, CA (17.2 miles from downtown San Bernardino)
School Type Four-year, private not-for-profit Four-year, public Four-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $39,338 (undergraduate)** $6,327 (undergraduate, in-state), $17,985 (undergraduate, out-of-state); $7,801 (graduate, in-state), $17,347 (graduate, out-of-state)** $28,314 (undergraduate)**
Graphic Design Award Levels Offered Bachelor's degree Bachelor's and master's degrees Bachelor's degree
Graphic Design Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 19 fine/studio arts, general (graphic design not specified)** 92 studio art/arts (graphic design not specified)** 2**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2006 Entering Class 72%** 44% (3% transfer-out rate)** 53% (11% transfer-out rate)**
Noteworthy 25,000-square-foot facility with state-of-the-art graphic design labs Part of the California State University system On-campus art club

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES.

Winner: University of Redlands (UR)

  • 42,000-square-foot new Center for the Arts facility
  • NCES reports a 91% retention rate for the 2011-2012 school year

The art department at UR offers different majors, including graphic design, photography, ceramics and drawing. Subjects in the graphic design major include introduction to graphic design, book art and typography. The program takes participants to a high level of proficiency that culminates in the presentation of a capstone project. This includes a compilation of students' creations in their chosen specialty. Students wishing to do an internship must present an essay defining their interest, the place where they'd carry it out and the benefits they might hope to gain. During the senior year, students learn how to present a portfolio or design an exhibit. Graduating students participate in the senior art exhibit. Additionally, within the department, students have access to Mac workstations, a scanner and a large format printer, in addition to a new darkroom.

Runner-Up #1: California State University - San Bernardino (CSUSB)

  • One of only 280 universities nationwide to be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • Offers the best art facilities among the California State University system
  • According to the school, graphic design students have a high employment rate

The Department of Art offers an undergraduate program in graphic design that teaches students about traditional media, as well as the latest in design technologies. The program involves a relationship with other fields, such as marketing and advertising, and courses in typography, packaging, new product design and branding are available. Internship programs may be found through the school's database. Some internship opportunities are also available at Associated Students Incorporated, where graphic artists may design brochures, certificates, banners and much more, for the school's clubs and organizations.

Although the school reports graduates in the field of graphic design have very high employment prospects, some students may wish to continue their education and register for the three-year Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art and Design. The program, which includes ten program faculty members, provides students with artistic experience for their professional development in contemporary design and theory.

Runner-Up #2: La Sierra University (LSU)

  • During 2011-2012, NCES reported 100% of first-time, beginning students received some type of financial aid
  • Students have the opportunity to take trips to museums and local art exhibitions

LSU's art department features majors in art, fine arts and graphic design. The graphic design and art majors provide students with the skills to understand the theory of color, use both traditional and digital media and engage in visual design. Graphic design majors express their creativity through the use of design, typography, layout and color, and their work may be channeled into advertising, product packaging, website design and publications. The school offers the Brandstater Gallery on campus, which allows students to display their work. Students can attend local art exhibits and join on-campus art clubs.

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