Education is important and as an up and coming graphic designer, there are few decisions that will impact your career more than choosing the right college or university. Which School? Which course? What type of course? Will there be a job / career prospects after graduation? There is a lot to think about.
On a good note graphic design employment is expected to grow 13% by 2018. This growth is highly correlated with the increasing role of the internet in the global marketplace. Graphic design and web design together lead the design group with the highest demand and lowest unemployment numbers.
Below GraphicDesign.com lists (in no particular order) some of the top schools around the United States. There are many good schools but it really depends WHAT you want to obtain a degree in and we hope this helps you with your research in finding the right school and right degree.
Graphic Design Specialty Schools
School of Visual Arts (SVA) is a recognized art school in the States with the aim to educate those who are looking at becoming professional artists or wish to work in an art-related field. It is accredited by for example the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (msche.org). You read about this all HERE.
Location: Manhatten, NYC
Undergraduate Programs: Advertising, Animation, Art History, Cartooning, Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects, Film and Video, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Humanities and Sciences, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Visual & Critical Studies
Parsons was founded in 1896. It has an outstanding reputation and its five schools offer many different options. The schools are: School of Fashion, School of Art and Design History and Theory, School of Design Strategies, Pre-College and continuing studies, School of art, media and technology as well as school of Constructed Environments. They offer undergraduate, associates and graduate degree programs.
Location: New York, USA
UnderGraduate Programs include: Architectural Design, BA/BFA Dual Degree, Communication Design (BFA), Design and Management (BBA), Design and Technology (BFA), Environmental Studies (BA or BS), Fashion Design (BFA), Fine Arts (BFA), Illustration (BFA), Integrated Design (BFA), Interior Design (BFA), Photography (BFA), Product Design (BFA), and Urban Design (BS)
Parson’s also offer some online courses (both degrees and certificate programs).
Rhode Island School of Design is one of the leaders in art and design. It was formed on March 22 1877 and is a private four-year art school. The school offers both bacherlor and master degrees in a total of 19 major disciplines and based on an annual survey by RISD’s Career Center, 96% of students are employed within a year after graduation. Their most popular majors are Illustration, Industrial Design, Graphic Design and Architecture.
Location: Providence, Rhode Island, USA
UnderGraduate Programs include: Apparel Design, Architecture, Ceramics, Film/Animation/Video, Furniture Design, Glass, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Textiles.
For those seeking a profession as an artist, architect, art historian, designer or educator then this school might be the right one for you. Ever since 1935, Tyler school of Art has provided students the combination of a widely known faculty and the resources of a major university. It has grown extensively over the years from a small art school to what it is today where it offers a wide range of programs: art, design, art history art education and architecture. These are all located on the Main Campus of Temple University.
Undergraduate Programs: BA/BS: Architecture, Architectural Preservation, Facilities Management, Art Education, Visual Studies, Art History.
BFA degree program areas: Ceramics, Fibers and Material Studies, Glass, Graphic & Interactive Design, Metals/ Jewelry/ CAD0CAM, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture.
MICA has become one of the leading universities for artists and designers. The school ranks in the top 10 if MFA Programs in the visual arts by U.S. News and World Report. Numerous magazines and have listed MICA as being a top design school in the country. For under-graduates the university offers 14 studio majors, two liberal arts majors, 13 studio concentrations, six liberal arts minors, as well as a range of dual degree and 5th year capstone masters programs.
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Undergraduate Programs: Majors: Architectural Design, Animation,Art History, Theory, and Criticism, Ceramics, Drawing, Environmental Design, Fiber, General Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Humanistic Studies, Illustration, Interaction Design and Art, Interdisciplinary Sculpture, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Video and Film Arts. Studio Concentrations: Animation, Book Arts, Ceramics, Curatorial Studies, Environmental Design, Experimental Fashion, Games Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interaction Design and Art, Photography, Printmaking, Sound Art, Sustainability & Social Practice, Video and Film Arts.
MassArt (Massachusetts College of Art and Design) is a public, independent college of art and design. It has one undergraduate degree (which is the Bachelor of Fine Arts), and three graduate degrees (which are a Master of Science in Art Education, Master of Fine Arts and Master of Architecture). MassArt is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, and also is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Location: Boston, MA
Undergraduate Programs: Animation, Architectural Design, Art History, Art Teacher Education, Ceramics, Community Education, Community Studio Education, Fashion Design, Fibers, Film/Video, Glass, Graphic Design, History of Art, Illustration, Industrial Design, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Museum Education, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Education
Miami Ad School has won quite a few awards. For four years now it has been named the best advertising school in the world by the Gunn Report (they are the top advertising ranking authority in the world). The top advertising courses and degrees include the art direction school program, the copywriting school program, the graphic design school program and the photography school program.
Locations: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Hamburg, Istanbul, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco, Sao paulo and Sydney
Programs include: Pop Culture Engineering, Art Direction, Copywriting, Digital Design and Digital Photography and Video.
The Cleveland Institute of Art is an independent college which was formed in 1882. Over the years it has gained an outstanding reputation for the quality of its programs and its achievements of their alumni. The college offers 19 majors in art, design, craft and integrated media spread over a four-year period. This leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA)
Location: Cleveland OH
Undergraduate Programs: Animation, Biomedical Art, Ceramics, Communication Design (Graphic Design), Drawing, Enameling, Fiber and Material Studies, Game Design, Glass, Illustraion, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Jewelry and Metals, Liberal Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, T.I.M.E. – Digital Arts, Video
Cranbrook Academy of Art has an excellent reputation as being a top school for art and design. It has not only seen some renowned designers and artists graduate but it has also had some of the top figures of the industry teach there. It is an independent graduate degree- granting institution and if you are looking for an intense studio-based experience then this might be a great option. The academy of art is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Please note that the architecture program is not professionally accredited.
Location: Michigan, 48304
Graduate Programs: 2D design, 3D design, Architecture, Ceramics, Fiber, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Print Media, Sculpture
California Insitute of the Arts (CalArts) is one of the leaders for both graduate and undergraduate study in performing and visual arts. It has six schools – Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. The Institute offers programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Arts (MA) and undergraduate and advanced certificates..
Location: Valencia, California (30 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles)
Undergraduate Programs: School of Art:Program in Art (BFA, MFA), Program in Graphic Design (BFA, MFA), Program in Photography and Media(BFA, MFA), Program in Art and Technology (MFA only).
School of Film/Video:Program in Film and Video(BFA, MFA), Program in Experimental Animation(BFA, MFA), Program in Character Animation(BFA only), Film Directing Program (MFA only)