Top Ranked School for Graphic Design - Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, NC, has five schools with programs in graphic design. Find the best program for you by reading about one top school's rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

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The five schools in Charlotte, NC, that offer programs in graphic design include two for-profit institutions, a community college and a private, not-for-profit university. The fifth school is a public research university and the best choice for graphic design students based upon its imaging, exhibition and research facilities and program options.

  • Winner: The University of North Carolina in Charlotte provides training in graphic design through its undergraduate programs in art and fine arts, including a Bachelor of Fine Arts program with a graphic design concentration. Unique to the university is an undergraduate major in computer science that allows for a concentration in graphics.

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Category University of North Carolina - Charlotte
Rankings #201 among National Universities;
#117 among Top Public Schools (2015)*
Location Charlotte, NC
School Type 4-year; public
Tuition and Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate:
$6,107 (in-state);
$18,636 (out-of-state)**
Fine and General Art Degrees Offered Bachelor's
Fine and General Art Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 108**
Most Popular Art and Fine Art Program in 2012-2013 Bachelor's in general art (57 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 54%**
Noteworthy College of Arts and Architecture has both on-campus and off-campus exhibition spaces displaying work in a variety of media

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator.

University of North Carolina - Charlotte

  • Fine arts students participate in a senior exhibit and seminar
  • Research resources include the Digital Arts Center
  • Students have access to a Visual Resource Collection with both digital and audio samples

The University of North Carolina in Charlotte includes seven different colleges that offer nearly 175 bachelor, master's and doctoral programs to 26,600 students a year. At the College of Art and Architecture, Department of Art and Art History, students can earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA); an undergraduate minor in art history is also available. Art majors must have a 2.5 GPA and submit a portfolio. Through the College of Computing and Informatics, undergraduates will find a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science with a focus on graphics and visualization.

The BA in Art program requires 39 credits of major coursework and includes core classes in 2-D and 3-D design and drawing. Electives in graphic design are only available at the 200 and 300 levels and are limited to a 2-course sequence and a class in methodology. Acceptance into the BFA in Art program is based upon a portfolio review and completion of prerequisite coursework. Once admitted, undergraduates can pursue a 21-credit concentration in graphic design that covers topics in communication design, interactive art, print production and typography.

Outside of the Department of Art and Art History, computer science majors specializing in graphics and visualization take five classes in visual analytics and communication, digital imaging and information visualization.

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