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Top School in Alexandria, VA, for Graphic Design Degrees

Seven schools in the Alexandria, VA, area have top graphic design programs. Read on to find out more about what these top schools have to offer for graphic design, as well as tuition and degree information.

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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.

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Category Marymount University
Rankings #37 among best regional universities in the South (2014)*
Location Arlington, Virginia
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.

Marymount University

  • 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.

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