School and Ranking Information
Graphic design degree programs are available at a variety of schools within ten miles of Alexandria, VA, including public universities, private not-for-profit colleges and for-profit institutions. Based on number of degrees awarded, rankings and campus location, the following university is considered the top school in the area for graphic design:
- Winner: Marymount University is the highest-ranking school among those offering graphic design programs in the Alexandria area. The university is located approximately seven miles from Alexandria, and it offers a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design program.
School Info Chart
|Rankings||#37 among best regional universities in the South (2014)*|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $26,430**|
|Graphic Design Degrees Offered||Bachelor's|
|Graphic Design Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||12**|
|Most Popular Graphic Design Degree Level in 2012-2013||Bachelor's (12 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||58%**|
|Noteworthy||Campus location offers various internship and career opportunities in graphic design; Opportunity to provide graphic design services to area nonprofit organizations; faculty members belong to AIGA and the Society for Environmental Graphic Design|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator.
- Collaborative research and portfolio development opportunities
- Studio and lab courses provide hands-on learning experiences
- Student work exhibited in on-campus art gallery
Marymount University is situated on a 21- acre campus just a few minutes from Washington, D.C. With a population of roughly 3,500 students, Marymount University is the largest Catholic university in Virginia. The Graphic Design and Fine Arts Department at Marymount University offers a Bachelor of Art in Graphic Design program.
This degree program is designed to teach students a range of visual communication skills across different media, including print design, Web design and interactive media. Students learn to work with the Adobe Design Suite and film editing software. As part of their required curriculum, graphic design students also study desktop publishing, typography, multimedia design, video production and photography. Students may choose to concentrate in either Web design or visual communications and can participate in an internship during the senior year. This department requires students to have their own personal computer and the latest versions of the Adobe Creative Suite software.