School and Ranking Information
While few schools located in Baltimore, MD, have programs directly in Web design, these courses can be found within other programs such as graphic design, graphic arts and fine arts. The following schools are considered the top three in Baltimore for Web design studies based on rankings, graduation rates and awards granted:
- Winner: Maryland Institute College of Art places in the top spot because it is the only school offering a master's degree program with Web design coursework and because of its graduation rate, which is highest among the three schools listed here. Students can also earn a certificate and bachelor's degree in graphic design, which have Web design courses.
- Runner Up #1: The first runner up is Towson University, based on its regional ranking and because it is the largest school in terms of enrollment that offers Web design courses in Baltimore. Web design studies are offered at the bachelor's and post-baccalaureate certificate levels.
- Runner Up #2: Arundel Community College is third because of its Web design facilities and because it is the largest 2-year institution within 25 miles of Baltimore that has programs in Web design. Students can choose from associate's degree programs in graphic arts or graphic design, as well as a certificate in Web design.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Maryland Institute College of Art||Towson University||Anne Arundel Community College|
|Ranking(s)*||7th for graduate fine arts programs, nationwide (2012),
3rd among graphic design graduate programs, nationwide (2012)
|44th for regional universities in the North (2013),
10th for top public schools in the North (2013)
|Location||Baltimore, MD||Towson, MD (7.3 miles from Baltimore)||Arnold, MD (22.8 miles from Baltimore)|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, public||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$39,340 (undergraduate), $39,340 (graduate)**||$8,132 (undergraduate, in-state), $19,754 (undergraduate, out-of-state), $8,154 (graduate, in-state), $15,102 (graduate, out-of-state)**||$4,139 (undergraduate, in-district), $6,809 (undergraduate, in-state), $11,129 (undergraduate, out-of-state)**|
|Web Design Award Levels Offered||Certificates; bachelor's and master's||Certificates; bachelor's||Certificate; associate degree|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time)||71% (2006 entering class)**||66% (2006 entering class)**||15% (2009 entering class)**|
|Noteworthy||The oldest continuously degree-granting college of art in the country||Founding member of CUMU, the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities||School has many facilities related to web design, including computer labs and studios|
Sources: *U. S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator.
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Winner: Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
- Named a top 20 U.S. design school by GDUSA magazine, according to the school
- Notable Alumni: Jeff Koons'76, renowned painter, sculptor and illustrator
Students interested in learning about web design at MICA have to do so through its graphic design major. This program includes courses in topics like introductory web design, interface design, media languages, data visualization and advanced web design. A Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design program is also offered. Students express their ideas through print or web design.
MICA offers graduate students two possibilities to acquire work experience through internships: they can be hired as graduate teacher interns and gain teaching experience or as graduate technical assistants and tutor students in the use of different materials. A new graphic design post-baccalaureate certificate program is now being offered at MICA in which students may work on developing their portfolios or improving their professional practice. Topics include software production and techniques.
Runner-Up #1: Towson University (TU)
- Kiplinger's Personal Finance named TU one of the 100 'best values in public colleges' for 2013, according to the school
- NCES reported that 86% of students who began their studies in 2011 returned to TU for their second year
To explore the world of web design, students at TU may begin by enrolling in the major of art and design. Within this major, students examine interactivity, digital environments, motion graphics, digital painting and composing. The program also offers a fine arts project, as well as two areas of focus, including a game design and independent focus.
At the graduate level, TU offers an online post-baccalaureate certificate in interactive media design. This degree can be obtained after completing courses in elements of web design, typography, interactive media and graduate design for the web.
Runner-Up #2: Anne Arundel Community College
- Students can participate in internship opportunities
- Offers extensive visual arts studios, labs and equipment, such as a photography lab, darkroom and computer labs, including PCs with Adobe Master Collection
Anne Arundel Community College offers an AA program in web and graphic arts and an AAS program in graphic design through the visual arts department. The 62-credit web and graphic visual arts associate program includes courses in graphic design, web design, portfolio development, photography and drawing, and it's designed for transfer to a 4-year institution. The 60-credit AAS in Graphic Design program delves into digital design, web design, interactive design, digital portfolio and imaging, and students complete an internship. Students can also complete a non-credit web design certificate program that includes training on Adobe Photoshop, Flash and Dreamweaver.