School and Ranking Information
Both schools in the Orlando area that offer graphic design programs are private, for-profit. Based on the diverse programs and its regional south ranking, the following school is considered a top school for graphic design:
- Winner: Florida Southern College, located in Lakeland, Florida, features more Frank Lloyd Wright buildings than any other single site. It offers a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design.
|Category||Florida Southern College|
|Rankings||#5 Regional Colleges (South, 2015)**|
|School Type||4-year, private, for-profit|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)||$22,796*|
|Graphic Design Degrees Offered||Bachelor|
|Graphic Design Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013-2014||204*|
|Most Popular Graphic Design Degree Program Level in 2012-2013||Bachelor (183 awarded)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||78%*|
|Noteworthy||Students can declare a major of their own design***|
Source: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News & World Report, ***Florida Southern College
Florida Southern College
- Program combines traditional liberal arts with intensive studio work
- Many graphic design classes work on projects for local not-for-profit organizations
- Students can intern as assistants to local interior designers and set designers for theatrical productions
Florida Southern College offers many diverse programs, and it guarantees free or almost-free travel experiences for students during their third and fourth years. As of 2011, it has a student population of 2,442. Each spring, graduating seniors get to compete to show who has the best graphic designs.
The school offers a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design - which covers two tracks: web design and print design. Students must complete 56 credit hours, which cover fundamental design, design, web design, painting and sculpture. A Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design is also offered. Courses focus on theory and practice. Two tracks of web and print design are followed. Students are prepared for a career in commercial design and advertising. 72 credit hours must be completed.