Design Schools in Omaha, NE with Degree Program Overviews

Within 15 miles of downtown Omaha are at least three schools that offer design programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements to make an informed education decision.

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Comparison of Omaha Design Schools

Students seeking design schools near Omaha have several options. This article looks at three schools that offer various types of design programs, all within a 20-minute drive of downtown. There is also a table that compares important facts about the schools, such as tuition and enrollment.

  • Bellevue University, about 10 miles from downtown Omaha, offers a bachelor's degree in graphic design. This degree is offered online.
  • Creighton University students can study graphic design at the bachelor's degree level. Creighton is just four miles from downtown Omaha
  • Students seeking two-year degrees in design can attend Metropolitan Community College's Elkhorn campus, which is 13 miles from downtown. Some courses at this school are offered online.

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Comparison of Schools

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a college. This table details several important aspects of these schools, making it simple to compare them.

Bellevue University Creighton University Metropolitan Community College Area
School Type Four-year; private not-for-profit Four-year; private not-for-profit Two-year; public
Total Enrollment (2014) 9,879* 8,236* 14,675*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees 2015-2016 $7,050* $36,422* $2,745 in-state; $4,005 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 82%* 98%* 67%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) N/A - Open admissions 73%* N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2013-2014) 48% for full-time students; 22% for part-time students* 91% for full-time students; 67% for part-time students* 47% for full-time students; 37% for part-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 29%; 38% transfer-out rate (students beginning 2008)* 78% (students beginning 2008)* 14%; 25% transfer-out rate (students beginning 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Bellevue University

Bellevue University students can earn a bachelor's degree in graphic design. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design

The BA in Graphic Design program is only offered online. Coursework covers problem-solving, design basics and graphic design history. Additional required courses include typography, interactive design, branding, publication design and Web design fundamentals. Students also complete a capstone portfolio course. The list of technology requirements for this online study option includes a digital camera, a color printer and the current version of Adobe Creative Suite software.

Creighton University

The Department of Journalism, Media and Computing at Creighton University offers a bachelor's degrees in graphic design. Students can participate in the school's award-winning student newspaper, The Creightonian.

Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Media

Within the BA in Graphic Design and Media program, students can select a graphic design or multi-media and photojournalism track. Both paths include core courses in digital video, graphic design, video and photojournalism and the history of mass media. Graphic design track students go on to take courses in topics such as concept sketching, interactive media, and 3-D design. Multi-media/photojournalism track students take two photojournalism courses plus information documentary filmmaking and a digital media course. Students may also participate in internships, perform freelance work or gain experience through the school's study abroad journalism program or newspaper.

Metropolitan Community College

Metropolitan Community College offers three different two-year design programs. All are offered on the Elkhorn campus. The graphic arts and communication program is also offered at the Fort Omaha campus.

Associate in Applied Science in Design, Interactivity and Media Arts

The electronic imaging and media arts program combines technology and art. Students in this program can select a concentration in 2-D or 3-D animation, interactive media, motion graphics, graphic design or Web design. General education and major courses that cover drawing, 2-D design, illustration, graphic design, motion design and 3-D games are needed.

Associate in Applied Science in Interior Design

The AAS in Interior Design at this school provides instruction in aesthetic design and business. For students interested in completing a four-year degree, the majority of the courses in this program will transfer to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Students take 27 general education credits and complete 73 hours of interior design courses. Other requirements include illustration techniques, color theory, textiles, commercial design, interior design history and an internship. Additional art and business courses are selected by the student; many are offered online.

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