Top Schools for Advertising and Commercial Design

Jan 10, 2020

Find out which top schools offer degree programs in advertising and commercial design. Compare the program options and rankings of four top-notch universities, and find bullet points with at-a-glance information about other schools in the U.S. that offer instruction in advertising and commercial design.

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  • 0:41 University of Texas
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  • 1:52 University of Pennsylvania
  • 2:20 Carnegie Mellon University
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Top schools for advertising and commercial design have been ranked among the best in the nation and offer unique options. Programs emphasize career preparation and students can take advantage of diverse specializations or combined degrees. Let's discuss a few national universities with undergraduate programs in advertising, design or marketing.

At one of these schools, students have the chance to pursue a dual degree program in advertising and business administration. At another, students can earn master's and doctoral degrees in advertising. All four were ranked highly by U.S. News and World Report in 2020.

University of Texas in Austin, TX

The Advertising program at University of Texas in Austin was recently ranked #1 in the U.S., according to the Journal of Advertising Education. The university's advertising department within the Moody College of Communication is the best in the country, offering a Bachelor of Science in Advertising with an emphasis on creative media. Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Advertising programs are also available. Students also have the option to pursue a dual degree program that combines studies in both advertising and business. The University of Texas in Austin ranked tied for the 14th best public school in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report in 2020.

University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI

U.S. News and World Report in 2020 ranked the University of Michigan as the 3rd best public school in the nation. Students at the University of Michigan can pursue a joint degree in design and business. The dual degree will lead to either a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Bachelor of Business Administration (BFA/BBA) or Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business Administration (BA/BBA). When entering into these dual-degree programs, students will have the option of choosing either the School of Art & Design or the Ross School of Business as the school which houses their studies.

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

The University of Pennsylvania houses the Wharton School of Business, which ranked the best business school in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2020. Retail at the university's Wharton School can be explored more in-depth through the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center and the Wharton Retail Club. It offers a marketing program that prepares students for future careers in advertising. Students can also choose a secondary concentration in retailing, which includes courses related to commercial design.

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, PA

In 2020, U.S. News and World Report ranked Carnegie Mellon University as the 7th most innovative school in the nation. U.S. News and World Report also ranked Carnegie Mellon as tied for the 25th top university in the nation in 2020. Students interested in advertising may pursue a Ph.D. in Marketing. Alternatively, students can enroll in the School of Design to pursue an undergraduate, master's or Ph.D. in Design.

Top Advertising and Commercial Design Programs

The table below lists some more top schools that offer programs that may help students pursue careers in advertising and commercial design.

School Name Distinction Location
Boston College Graduate program in advertising Boston, MA
College of William and Mary Students can design their own interdisciplinary program by combining courses in marketing and art Chicago, IL
Northwestern University Ranked #1 for its graduate marketing programs, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2020 Evanston, IL
University of California - Berkeley Business programs include integrated coursework in both liberal arts and science Berkeley, CA
Washington University in St. Louis Students can complement a major in marketing with other various majors and minors from the university's other schools St. Louis, MO

We've reviewed some of the top schools in the nation that offer degrees in advertising and commercial design. These include Northwestern University, which has the best marketing program in the nation, and Carnegie Mellon University, which is one of the most innovative schools.

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