Oklahoma City Design School with Degree Program Summaries

Feb 08, 2019

There are about seven schools within 25 miles of Oklahoma City that have design degree programs. Read an overview of two schools' programs, and get statistical information about the schools to find out which one is right for you.

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Design Programs in Oklahoma City Schools

Design programs can be found in various areas, such as graphic design, interior design, website design and multimedia design. Several schools around Oklahoma City provide bachelor's and master's degree programs in these and other design areas. Many programs combine classroom instruction with internship experiences.

Two universities near Oklahoma City and their design degree programs are discussed in detail here. Find information about specific degrees earned and course topics discussed at each level of study. Facts about each school are contained in the table provided.

  • University of Central Oklahoma's main campus is located in Edmond, about 14 miles north of downtown Oklahoma City. The school's main design programs are in graphic and interior design.
  • Oklahoma Christian University offers studies in communication and interior design, both resulting in a Bachelor of Fine Arts. The university is also in Edmond; the campus is situated approximately 12 miles north of Oklahoma City's downtown area.

Comparison of Schools

While researching design degree programs, it is also beneficial to learn all you can about the schools offering these studies. Below you will find helpful facts and statistics about each school's acceptance rate, tuition, population and more.

University of Central Oklahoma Oklahoma Christian University
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 15,979* 2,458*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $7,100 (in-state)*
$17,447 (out-of-state)*
$21,670*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 83%* 100%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 76%* 63%*
Retention Rate (Full-time students; Fall 2016 to Fall 2017) 64%* 78%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students who started Fall 2011) 38%* 54%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

University of Central Oklahoma

The design department at University of Central Oklahoma offers undergraduate and graduate programs in design. The graphic design program, in particular, is the largest of its kind between northern Texas and Kansas City.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design

Integrating advertising, communication and art, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design program prepares students for careers in art direction, graphic design, illustration or new media. Students develop skills in design renderings, design theories, computer-aided design and typography. During the course of the BFA program, students also keep portfolios of work for design faculty staff to review.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

Graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program at University of Central Oklahoma are trained to work as furniture designers, residential interior designers, space planners or commercial interior designers. This program has earned accreditation by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Students not only learn the basics of design, colors, aesthetics and space, but also study important codes and regulations for both commercial and residential design.

Master of Fine Arts in Design

Students in this Master of Fine Arts program study advanced concepts and theories in the education, research and proficiency of design. MFA coursework may center on design teaching and methodology, creative problem solving or advanced design research. Students may choose to complete a cumulative thesis design project or research paper.

Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahoma Christian University has an enrollment of more than 2,000 students. It is a Christian college that is affiliated with the Church of Christ.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design

OCU graduates who hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design may work in design firms, in marketing departments or as self-employed designers. The program requires 30 credit hours in advertising and graphic design coursework. During this time, students learn basics in graphic design, graphic production, design history and typography. In addition, students take classes in copywriting, new media, illustration and marketing management.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

A Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design prepares students for careers in architectural offices, design firms, retail stores or manufacturing companies. Graduates of Oklahoma Christian University may also find opportunities to work independently as contracted interior designers. The program requires 54 credit hours of interior design-focused coursework. Aspiring designers develop skills in textiles, materials, space planning, commercial design and computer-aided design. Required internships give students hands-on exposure to the current interior design industry.

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