Top Graphic Design & Multimedia Arts School in San Bernardino, CA

Students interested in studying graphic design and multimedia in San Bernardino have several 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 about 24 schools located within 25 miles of San Bernardino that offer programs in graphic design and multimedia arts. Three schools stand out in the San Bernardino, California, area for their rankings, programs and graduation rates.

  • Winner: The University of Redlands has the highest graduation rate and is ranked among regional universities. It offers students a bachelor's degree in graphic design and a new state-of-the-art facility for its arts programs.
  • Runner-Up #1: California State University - San Bernardino was ranked by U.S. News and World Report among graduate fine arts programs and offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in this field of study.
  • Runner-Up #2: La Sierra University, founded by the Seventh-day Adventists, offers bachelor's degrees in art, fine arts and graphic design.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of Redlands California State University - San Bernardino La Sierra University
Ranking(s) 11th among regional universities (West),
5th among best value schools (West)*
54th among regional universities (West),
17th among top public schools (West),
206th among graduate fine arts programs (2012)*
Location Redlands, CA (12.8 miles from San Bernardino) San Bernardino, CA Riverside, CA (22.4 miles from San Bernardino)
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, public 4-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 Bachelor's and master's Bachelor's
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2006 Entering Class 72%** 44%** 53%**
Noteworthy Offers the Center for the Arts Part of the 23-campus California State University system Students have access to the Brandstarter Gallery, which hosts 6-7 exhibits yearly

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

Winner: University of Redlands (UR)

  • The Center of the Arts offers state-of-the-art digital labs for graphic design students
  • Program introduces students to professional practices through portfolio presentation and exhibition design

Within the Center of the Arts, students can find a bachelor's degree program in graphic design. Students may complete courses in graphic design, book arts, photography and typography. Internship opportunities are available; however, students must submit an essay expressing interest. During their senior year, students learn to design and exhibit a portfolio of work. UR's new state-of-the-art building includes the latest technologies in its labs for graphic design and digital photography work.

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

  • The school offers 100,000 square-feet of design labs, classrooms and studios
  • The design labs feature up-to-date equipment
  • The AAM-accredited art museum is in the art department
  • The school features professors with industry experience as artists and designers

CSUSB offers a graphic design program through the Department of Art. Within the program, students learn both traditional and digital techniques on state-of-the-art equipment. The program delves into typography, advertising and branding through classes in graphic design history, motion graphics, multimedia design, graphic design and imaging. The department also offers an internship opportunity. At the graduate level, students can complete an MFA program in studio art and design. Entrance into the program requires a BA or BFA and a strong portfolio.

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

  • The school boasts average class sizes of less than 20
  • The art department offers access to nine faculty members

Within the Department of Art, students can complete a BFA in Graphic Design. Students learn to apply color, layout and typography theories, as well as use state-of-the-art graphic design software. Courses delve into design principles, color, drawing, painting, visual communication and 3-D design. Students have the option of completing a senior project or internship, along with a senior exhibition.

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