Top School in San Francisco for Graphic Designer Training

San Francisco has many schools with programs in graphic design. Read about the top local school's degree programs and tuition to determine the best choice for you.

School and Ranking Information

The majority of schools in the San Francisco area that offer graphic design degree programs are either private for-profit colleges or 2-year public institutions. Based on program offerings and student services, the following school is considered one of the top schools in the area for graphic design:

  • Winner: California College of the Arts is the only 4-year private, not-for-profit school in a roughly 10-mile radius of San Francisco with degrees in this field. This school offers a bachelor's degree in graphic design.

School Info Chart

Category California College of the Arts
Rankings #11 Graduate Fine Arts Schools (2012),
#11 Graphic Design Graduate Programs (2012)**
Location San Francisco, CA
School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $40,334*
Graphic Design Degrees Offered Bachelor's
Graphic Design Degrees Awarded in 2013 53*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 62%
Noteworthy Graphic design students and alumni have won numerous awards

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News and World Report

California College of the Arts

  • CCA has 484 faculty members, with the vast majority of them teaching undergraduate courses
  • Student-exchange program with over 30 different arts schools in numerous cities
  • The school has $20 million in scholarship funds, with the average amount per undergraduate recipient at nearly $18,000

Founded in 1907 by Frederick Meyer, California College of the Arts (CCA) is a 4-year not-for-profit private school. In fall 2014, it enrolled approximately 1,968 students between its San Francisco and Oakland campuses. Programs range from animation to writing. This school has a comparably low student-to-faculty ratio of 8:1.

CCA offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, consisting of a total of 126 credits. The curriculum includes hands-on studio courses, core major requirements and general education coursework. Students can participate in an internship with a design firm. CCA also offers a Master of Fine Arts in Design with courses in graphic design.

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