Top School for Multimedia and Graphic Design - Colorado Springs, CO

School and Ranking Information

Students interested in multimedia and graphic design have around seven schools to choose from within 50 miles of Colorado Springs. Based on program diversity, location and relevance, the top schools are:

  • Winner: Pikes Peak Community College's (PPCC) multimedia graphic design program offers associate degree and four different certificate programs related to multimedia and graphic design. It also has the lowest tuition on the list.
  • Runner-Up #1: Pueblo Community College (PCC) also offers multiple program options in multimedia and graphic design, an associate degree and three certificates; however, it takes second place since it located nearly 50 miles from Colorado Springs.
  • Runner-Up #2: Colorado State University - Pueblo (CSU) has the highest graduation rate among these schools and is the only one to offer a bachelor's degree program, but it also has the highest tuition and is located almost 50 miles away.

School Comparison Chart

Category Pikes Peak Community College Pueblo Community College Colorado State University - Pueblo
Location Colorado Springs, CO Pueblo, CO (47.1 miles from Colorado Springs) Pueblo, CO (43.6 miles from Colorado Springs)
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $2,989 (in-state); $11,384 (out-of-state)* $3,235 (in-state); $11,630 (out-of-state)* $7,327 (in-state); $17,649 (out-of-state)*
Multimedia and Graphic Design Award Levels Offered Certificates; associate degrees Certificates; associate degrees Bachelor's degrees
Multimedia and Graphic Design Degrees and Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 33* 8* 23 in art (graphic design not reported)*
Most Popular Multimedia and Graphic Design Program (2011-2012) Associate in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects (26 awarded)* Associate in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects (8 awarded)* Bachelor's in Fine/Studio Arts, General (23 awarded, graphic design not reported)*
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) 21% (2008 Entering Class)* 21% (2008 Entering Class)* 32% (2005 Entering Class)*
Noteworthy Over 35,000 degrees and certificates awarded since 1968** 87% of students received some form of financial aid in 2011-2012* Art department hosts a visiting artist-in-residence

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator, **Pikes Peak Community College.

Winner: Pikes Peak Community College

  • Several multimedia graphic design courses are offered online
  • Rampart Range Campus has high-tech classrooms, a fiber optic network and a CD ROM library
  • School operates a free public gallery at its downtown studio campus, which emphasizes multimedia, mixed media and multicultural exhibits
  • School runs three campuses in Colorado Springs and one in Falcon, CO

PPCC's multimedia graphic design program teaches students commercial art skills for use in areas such as advertising, medical and scientific illustration and print publishing. The program offers certificates in design-to-print, illustration, video production and web design. The certificates range from 15 to 27 units and all include classes on color theory and basic Photoshop. Students can also pursue an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program with a choice of emphasis in graphic design, digital illustration, web design and animation. The AAS program includes 15 units of general education classes, such as art history and computer literacy. Introductory classes including drawing, color theory, typography, and the use of several software programs are also required, as well as a capstone. PPCC has an extensive distance education program.

Runner-Up #1: Pueblo Community College

  • Cutting-edge facilities at the on-campus Gorsich Advanced Technology Center
  • The instructor in charge of the school's distance learning program is a visual communications alumnus

The visual communication program (VCC) at PCC is intended to prepare graduates for entry-level positions in computer graphics and graphic design. VCC offers a certificate and AAS program with options in 3-D rendering and illustration, graphic design and digital multimedia. Both program levels require an internship. The AAS program includes 15 units of general education classes, such as financial math and public speaking, along with a core of graphic design classes including typography, advertising, Photoshop and illustration. The certificate programs all require basic classes such as design, drawing and small business management.

Runner-Up #2: Colorado State University - Pueblo

  • Students have access to state-of-the-art software and equipment
  • School employs an award-winning graphic design alumnus to manage its image
  • Art school scholarships offered

CSU offers Bachelor of Art (BA) and Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) programs with concentrations in graphic design. Both degrees require general education courses, such as English and science. The BA program also has a foreign language requirement and a core of introductory art classes including art history and design. The Department of Art hosts weekend workshops by visiting artists about twice a semester. Weekend workshops include a lecture and two days of intensive hands-on practice.

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