Top-Ranked Degree in Indianapolis for Graphic Design

Aug 14, 2020

School and Ranking Information

Of the few schools offering programs in the field in Indianapolis, only one is a 4-year public institution. Based on program offerings, school type and student services, the following school is considered one of the top schools in the area for studying graphic design:

  • Winner: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is the lone 4-year public school in the area with programs in the field. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in visual communication design, which is very similar to graphic design.

School Info Chart

Category Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Rankings Tied for #228 for National Universities (2020)*
Location Indianapolis, IN
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2019-2020) $9,701(in-state), $30,710 (out-of-state)**
Visual Communication Design Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's
Visual Communication Design Degrees Awarded (Master's) in 2018-2019 3**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2013 Entering Class 50%**
Noteworthy IUPUI offers its Student Design Organization for student involvement***

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***IUPUI website

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

  • The Department of Visual Communication has 8 full-time faculty members
  • IUPUI features its expansive cutting-edge Eskenazi Hall for visual art students, boasting almost 170,000 square feet in space
  • IUPUI's art school is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) had an enrollment of more than 29,500 students in 2018. IUPUI has nearly 20 schools and colleges with around 4,500 faculty members. The university has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

IUPUI offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design. Some BFA major courses include designer production and typography in addition to an internship and capstone portfolio. The MFA is a full-time program that has a time limit of 3 years to finish. The MFA students enjoy having the use of a large studio exclusively for graduate students, in addition to each graduate student having an individual workspace.

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