Design Courses in Miami with Degree Program Descriptions

There are roughly 20 schools within 25 miles of Miami, FL, that have design degree programs. Read an overview of three schools' programs, and get statistical information about the schools to find out which one is right for you.

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Miami Schools with Design Degree Programs

Design courses can be found in such diverse subjects as fashion design, interior design and web design. In the Miami area, many schools offer degrees in design at the bachelor's or master's degree level. At the undergraduate level, many programs award a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Three universities in or near Miami that provide design programs are highlighted here. Get information regarding specific degrees earned and what courses are taken for each field of study. Learn facts about each university in the table provided at the end of this article.

  • The University of Miami offers several areas of design specializations through its Bachelor of Fine Arts program. The university is situated approximately eight miles southwest of downtown Miami.
  • Barry University's design program focuses on graphic design and awards a bachelor's degree. The campus for this university is found about eight miles north of Miami's downtown area.
  • At Florida International University, which is located nearly 14 miles west of downtown Miami, students can earn a master's degree in interior design.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Advertising and Commercial Design
  • Commercial Photography
  • Fashion Design
  • General Visual Communications Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration and Drawing
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design and Decorating

Comparison of Schools

No matter what area of design you are interested in or what degree you are pursuing, it is often beneficial to learn all that a school has to offer before choosing your studies. Read below to find statistics and facts regarding each school's tuition, population, acceptance rates and more.

University of Miami Barry University Florida International University
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 16,674* 8,518* 49,610*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $45,724* $28,800* $6,556 (in-state)*
$18,954 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 78%* 98%* 91%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 38%* 46%* 53%*
Retention Rate (2014) 93%* 62%* 84%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014) 81%* 36%* 54%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

University of Miami

This 4-year school is located outside of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. It is a large school with a diverse population, both on campus and off campus.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Miami offers an array of specializations, including graphic design, photography, digital imaging, sculpture, printmaking, painting, multimedia and ceramics. Students must accrue 72 course hours of credit with a grade of C or better. They also must present a portfolio for approval by the faculty. Students must also participate in an exhibition, which is critiqued by the faculty and fellow students. Upon completing this degree program, students can pursue many different careers in design.

Barry University

Barry University is a private school in the town of Miami Shores. It offers several types of fine arts degrees, including a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a graphic design specialization.

Bachelor of Fine Arts with a graphic arts specialization

This 60-credit degree program begins with a standard studio art and art history background. However, this modern, 21st-century specialization offers students the opportunity to enter fields in design such as publishing, marketing and advertising. Commercial design is taught as well as layout and production techniques, typography and corporate identification.

Florida International University

This Miami-based school offers a master's degree in interior design through its School of Architecture. FIU is a public university with over 40,000 students enrolled.

Master of Interior Design

Courses teach students the skills of design with a focus on the health, safety and well-being of the inhabitants of the space designed. Graduates of the course must apprentice themselves with a profession in the field for two years before they are eligible to take the certification exam.

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