Certificate programs, as well as associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs in graphic design are available at public and private schools across the U.S.
Schools for Graphic Design
Here's a list of schools with relevant programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition 2015-2016*|
|Pennsylvania State University||University Park, Pennsylvania||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||Undergraduate: In-state $17,514
|Arizona State University||Tempe, Arizona||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||Undergraduate: In-state $10,158
|University of Florida||Gainesville, Florida||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||Undergraduate:
|University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign||Champaign, Illinois||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||Undergraduate:
|University of Houston||Houston, Texas||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state $8,759
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||Minneapolis, Minnesota||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||Undergraduate:
Graduate: In-state $15,844
|Iowa State University||Ames, Iowa||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||Undergraduate:
Graduate: In-state $8,130
|Temple University||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||Undergraduate:
Graduate: In-state $15,354
*Source: National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Students should consider a number of criteria before selecting a school, including the following points:
- Certificate programs are a good fit for those with a technical background and who want a shorter educational experience. Associate programs may transfer to a bachelor's program, which further provides professional preparation in areas like Web design and project management. Students who wish to move beyond the physical design of products and into academic concepts, such as graphic design theory, research and criticism, may consider completing a master's degree program.
- Look for up-to-date campus computer and art facilities.
- Students interested particularly in print or digital design should look for programs that focus specifically on one or the other.
- Some programs may utilize specific design software at a deeper level than others, with some programs preparing students for the Adobe Certified Expert credential.
Certificate programs in graphic design take one year or less and include up to six courses. Some may require that students have a technical background or have completed prerequisite courses prior to enrolling.
Involves a variety of classes like drawing, advertising and project management. A final project may be required for graduation.
Found as either a bachelor's in graphic design or a bachelor's in art with a concentration in graphic design, coursework commonly consists of general education courses, a portfolio and a final project.
Master's programs in graphic design typically move past fundamental principles to incorporate advanced concepts. Students engage in internship opportunities, work with professional design companies and prepare a thesis.
Before selecting a graphic design program, students should make sure that the coursework matches their background and career goals. They should also verify that the school has state-of-the-art facilities.