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Top School in San Diego for Graphic Design & Visual Communications

Seven schools in the San Diego, CA, area have top ranking graphic design and visual communications programs. Read on to find out what one top school has to offer for graphic design and visual communications, as well as tuition and degree information.

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The seven schools in San Diego, CA, that offer programs in graphic design and visual communications include three community colleges, three for-profit institutions and a private, not-for-profit university. The latter was chosen as the top school for prospective graphic design and visual communication students because of its high regional university ranking, specialized graphic design program and internship opportunities.

  • Winner: Point Loma Nazarene University is affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene and includes the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies. At the former, students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design.

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Category Point Loma Nazarene University
Rankings #16 among Regional Universities in the West;
#15 among Best Value Schools in the West (2015)
Location San Diego, CA
School Type 4-year; private, not-for-profit
Tuition and Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate: $30,356**
Graphic Design Degrees Offered Bachelor's
Graphic Design Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 10*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 72%*
Noteworthy Keller Fine Arts gallery hosts senior and professional exhibitions

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

Point Loma Nazarene University

  • Graphic design facilities include a Macintosh Computer Lab
  • Graphic design program includes a 1-3-credit art internship
  • Students in the graphic design program develop a professional portfolio
  • Art and design students can participate in study abroad tours

Point Loma Nazarene University enrolls 3,360 students a year and has a student-to-teacher ratio of 14:1. The College of Arts and Sciences has nine different departments, including the Department of Art and Design. Under the direction of five faculty members, students here can major in art education, graphic design or visual arts, all three of which lead to a Bachelor of Arts.

Undergraduates in the graphic design program can pursue a 24-28-credit concentration in art and design, advertising, editorial design or illustration. Common coursework includes lower-division studies in 2-D and 3-D design, basic graphic design and drawing; a class in computer graphics may also be required. Depending on the concentration, upper-level courses may cover topics in digital photography, graphic design production, typography or Web design.

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