Top Graphic Design Bachelors degree Programs - 2019

Graphic designers create anything from company logos to websites, from cereal boxes to Hollywood blockbuster merchandise. Graphic designers work to create content people are not only going to see, but remember. They focus on aesthetic, pleasing color palettes, and keeping up with the latest visual trends. Students who wish to pursue graphic design will learn about advertising, multimedia applications, and business communication.

While courses within the major do focus heavily on art, they also have a strong lean towards computer skills. Classes can include: 3D graphics, animation, web design, photography, computer aided design (CAD), and drawing. Graphic design students are typically artistic, imaginative, persistent, organized, and comfortable with computers.

Some graphic designers work successfully as freelancers, hiring out their skills to various companies, but there are other opportunities to work as graphic designer in businesses such as: newspapers, museums, advertising agencies, websites, and numerous others. Whenever we drive by billboards on the highway, flip to an ad in a magazine, or see company logos on business cards, we’re looking at the work of a graphic designer.

Graphic Design fun fact: The boy silhouetted in the Dreamworks logo is the son of the graphic artist hired to create the design.


Celebrities who studied Graphic Design:
Paul Walker, actor; Samuel L. Jackson, actor; John Steinbeck, author.

The average starting salary for a graduate with a degree in Graphic Design is $41200

Total Students
5,148
Total Males
1,769 (34%)
Total Females
3,379 (66%)
 

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School of Visual Arts 256 201 (3.9%) 25.1% 148 (74%) 53 (26%)
Full Sail University 201 (3.9%) 5.1% 109 (54%) 92 (46%)
Southern New Hampshire University 1111 194 (3.8%) 2.8% 133 (69%) 61 (31%) 697 $44,900 $67,700
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona 605 123 (2.4%) 2.4% 68 (55%) 55 (45%) 159 $51,000 $88,600
Columbia College Chicago 1236 108 (2.1%) 5.8% 71 (66%) 37 (34%) 807 $41,900 $63,200
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division 101 (2%) 26.3% 76 (75%) 25 (25%)
Pratt Institute-Main 414 85 (1.7%) 14.1% 63 (74%) 22 (26%) 185 $48,300 $87,400
Maryland Institute College of Art 239 78 (1.5%) 20.3% 60 (77%) 18 (23%) 898 $40,700 $58,300
CUNY Queens College 486 77 (1.5%) 2.7% 47 (61%) 30 (39%) 233 $45,700 $84,200
Portland State University 1024 77 (1.5%) 1.7% 53 (69%) 24 (31%) 489 $45,400 $74,100
Art Center College of Design 848 71 (1.4%) 17.8% 42 (59%) 29 (41%) 312 $62,300 $81,300
Iowa State University 268 62 (1.2%) .9% 48 (77%) 14 (23%) 283 $51,200 $82,400
Rhode Island School of Design 117 55 (1.1%) 11.2% 44 (80%) 11 (20%) 279 $48,500 $82,500
Ferris State University 801 55 (1.1%) 2.1% 46 (84%) 9 (16%) 526 $47,700 $73,000
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 111 54 (1%) .7% 37 (69%) 17 (31%) 195 $51,700 $86,900
Northeastern University 286 52 (1%) 1.4% 28 (54%) 24 (46%) 151 $57,800 $89,100
Temple University 396 51 (1%) .8% 36 (71%) 15 (29%) 370 $45,600 $77,700
University of Wisconsin-Stout 921 50 (1%) 3.1% 32 (64%) 18 (36%) 562 $47,600 $72,000
Oakland University 911 49 (1%) 1.4% 31 (63%) 18 (37%) 353 $47,300 $78,700
Rochester Institute of Technology 337 48 (.9%) 2% 41 (85%) 7 (15%) 143 $57,400 $89,600
California State University-Sacramento 1003 43 (.8%) .6% 20 (47%) 23 (53%) 231 $46,800 $84,300
Virginia Commonwealth University 435 43 (.8%) .8% 30 (70%) 13 (30%) 642 $44,600 $69,800
Independence University 43 (.8%) 13.5% 31 (72%) 12 (28%)
Arizona State University-Tempe 273 42 (.8%) .4% 28 (67%) 14 (33%) 304 $49,300 $81,600
Flagler College-St Augustine 737 41 (.8%) 6.5% 23 (56%) 18 (44%)
Massachusetts College of Art and Design 252 40 (.8%) 11.3% 26 (65%) 14 (35%) 595 $44,200 $71,000
California College of the Arts 717 38 (.7%) 11.6% 30 (79%) 8 (21%) 181 $48,600 $87,500
University of Illinois at Chicago 488 38 (.7%) 1% 23 (61%) 15 (39%) 217 $51,500 $85,400
Drexel University 440 37 (.7%) 1% 22 (59%) 15 (41%) 111 $57,700 $92,900
Fashion Institute of Technology 37 (.7%) 2.3% 32 (86%) 5 (14%) 110 $46,400 $93,100
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 71 37 (.7%) .5% 26 (70%) 11 (30%) 49 $58,100 $102,000
Montclair State University 442 35 (.7%) .9% 21 (60%) 14 (40%) 269 $44,200 $82,700
San Jose State University 719 34 (.7%) .5% 21 (62%) 13 (38%) 75 $56,800 $97,700
Coastal Carolina University 1016 31 (.6%) 1.7% 24 (77%) 7 (23%) 829 $39,500 $62,200
The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago 31 (.6%) 15.7% 19 (61%) 12 (39%)
State University of New York at New Paltz 229 31 (.6%) 1.7% 30 (97%) 1 (3%) 706 $40,400 $67,300
Appalachian State University 262 30 (.6%) .8% 20 (67%) 10 (33%) 629 $41,300 $70,100
South Dakota State University 671 30 (.6%) 1.5% 18 (60%) 12 (40%) 434 $43,500 $75,600
The Art Institutes International-Minnesota 30 (.6%) 21.4% 18 (60%) 12 (40%)
The Art Institutes of York-PA 29 (.6%) 40.3% 17 (59%) 12 (41%)
North Carolina A - T State University 916 29 (.6%) 1.9% 8 (28%) 21 (72%) 383 $50,500 $77,200
SUNY College at Oswego 384 29 (.6%) 1.7% 14 (48%) 15 (52%) 625 $38,900 $70,200
Saginaw Valley State University 1115 28 (.5%) 1.9% 19 (68%) 9 (32%) 621 $42,700 $70,300
University of Nevada-Las Vegas 1008 26 (.5%) .6% 15 (58%) 11 (42%) 423 $44,400 $76,000
High Point University 466 26 (.5%) 2.9% 16 (62%) 10 (38%) 667 $42,400 $68,900
North Carolina State University at Raleigh 147 26 (.5%) .5% 20 (77%) 6 (23%) 163 $52,400 $88,300
University of Northern Iowa 422 26 (.5%) 1.2% 19 (73%) 7 (27%) 555 $42,900 $72,200
Boston University 78 26 (.5%) .6% 17 (65%) 9 (35%) 140 $51,800 $89,700
John Brown University 438 26 (.5%) 6.1% 17 (65%) 9 (35%) 670 $38,900 $68,800
University of Akron Main Campus 1042 26 (.5%) .9% 14 (54%) 12 (46%) 382 $46,600 $77,300
DePaul University 386 25 (.5%) .7% 16 (64%) 9 (36%) 238 $50,200 $84,000
The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg 24 (.5%) 15.8% 11 (46%) 13 (54%)
Chapman University 169 24 (.5%) 1.4% 18 (75%) 6 (25%) 428 $47,200 $75,700
SUNY at Purchase College 381 24 (.5%) 2.5% 14 (58%) 10 (42%) 474 $43,200 $74,500
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh 24 (.5%) 19.5% 15 (63%) 9 (38%)
University of Florida 68 24 (.5%) .3% 20 (83%) 4 (17%) 223 $49,500 $85,100
Champlain College 539 24 (.5%) 3.4% 10 (42%) 14 (58%)
Laguna College of Art and Design 624 24 (.5%) 23.5% 12 (50%) 12 (50%)
Anderson University 810 23 (.4%) 4% 17 (74%) 6 (26%)
University of Houston 575 23 (.4%) .3% 16 (70%) 7 (30%) 207 $51,800 $86,300
Universidad del Turabo 1516 23 (.4%) 1.5% 8 (35%) 15 (65%)
Milwaukee Institute of Art - Design 811 22 (.4%) 17.7% 13 (59%) 9 (41%)
Charleston Southern University 1256 22 (.4%) 4.2% 14 (64%) 8 (36%) 759 $35,200 $64,900
Georgia Southern University 749 22 (.4%) .7% 15 (68%) 7 (32%) 686 $45,500 $68,200
College for Creative Studies 742 22 (.4%) 8.4% 12 (55%) 10 (45%) 616 $47,900 $70,400
California State University-Fresno 815 21 (.4%) .5% 11 (52%) 10 (48%) 444 $45,100 $75,300
Bellevue University 1544 21 (.4%) 1.2% 13 (62%) 8 (38%) 678 $44,800 $68,400
AI Miami International University of Art and Design 21 (.4%) 4.9% 15 (71%) 6 (29%)
The University of the Arts 492 21 (.4%) 5.4% 13 (62%) 8 (38%) 693 $42,400 $67,900
University of South Florida-St Petersburg 836 20 (.4%) 2.1% 14 (70%) 6 (30%)
Western Michigan University 716 20 (.4%) .5% 9 (45%) 11 (55%) 389 $45,700 $77,100
Central Washington University 951 19 (.4%) .7% 12 (63%) 7 (37%) 407 $45,800 $76,500
University of Central Oklahoma 1265 19 (.4%) .7% 13 (68%) 6 (32%) 735 $41,600 $66,200
The Art Institute of Philadelphia 19 (.4%) 12.7% 12 (63%) 7 (37%)
Louisiana Tech University 621 19 (.4%) 1.4% 9 (47%) 10 (53%) 169 $46,900 $88,000
Carthage College 553 18 (.3%) 2.9% 15 (83%) 3 (17%) 607 $44,000 $70,700
Central Michigan University 708 18 (.3%) .5% 7 (39%) 11 (61%) 650 $41,800 $69,500
Minneapolis College of Art and Design 497 18 (.3%) 12.9% 17 (94%) 1 (6%)
Ohio University-Main Campus 342 18 (.3%) .3% 16 (89%) 2 (11%) 380 $45,800 $77,400
North Central College 460 18 (.3%) 2.7% 10 (56%) 8 (44%) 250 $43,800 $83,200
Point Loma Nazarene University 241 18 (.3%) 2.4% 12 (67%) 6 (33%) 423 $44,400 $76,000
University of Denver 197 18 (.3%) 1.3% 7 (39%) 11 (61%) 242 $47,800 $83,900
Saint Edward's University 489 18 (.3%) 2.1% 11 (61%) 7 (39%)
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus 162 18 (.3%) .2% 15 (83%) 3 (17%) 172 $54,300 $87,800
Sanford-Brown College-Online 17 (.3%) 22.7% 9 (53%) 8 (47%)
The University of Tampa 622 17 (.3%) 1.1% 13 (76%) 4 (24%) 517 $40,700 $73,100
Lamar University 1346 17 (.3%) 1% 12 (71%) 5 (29%) 298 $49,800 $81,700
Brigham Young University-Hawaii 1166 17 (.3%) 2.6% 15 (88%) 2 (12%)
The Art Institute of Michigan 17 (.3%) 18.9% 10 (59%) 7 (41%)
Rider University 430 17 (.3%) 1.8% 9 (53%) 8 (47%) 404 $46,100 $76,600
Weber State University 17 (.3%) .7% 11 (65%) 6 (35%) 568 $52,000 $71,800
Briarcliffe College 17 (.3%) 7.8% 6 (35%) 11 (65%)
Brigham Young University-Provo 281 16 (.3%) .3% 10 (63%) 6 (38%) 106 $52,300 $93,500
Robert Morris University Illinois 891 16 (.3%) 2.9% 10 (63%) 6 (38%) 907 $42,000 $57,400
American University 135 16 (.3%) .9% 13 (81%) 3 (19%) 85 $46,100 $95,700
Maine College of Art 613 16 (.3%) 18.2% 11 (69%) 5 (31%)
Maryville University of Saint Louis 397 16 (.3%) 2.7% 11 (69%) 5 (31%) 887 $41,800 $59,200
Mt Sierra College 15 (.3%) 25.4% 8 (53%) 7 (47%)
Digital Media Arts College 15 (.3%) 46.9% 6 (40%) 9 (60%)
The Creative Center 15 (.3%) 100% 10 (67%) 5 (33%)
Quinnipiac University 217 15 (.3%) .9% 11 (73%) 4 (27%) 295 $49,400 $81,900
Texas A - M University-Commerce 1117 15 (.3%) .9% 11 (73%) 4 (27%) 553 $42,100 $72,300
Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) 479 15 (.3%) 2.6% 13 (87%) 2 (13%) 526 $45,100 $73,000
Moore College of Art and Design 441 15 (.3%) 17.6% 15 (100%) 0 770 $36,100 $64,600
Wichita State University 971 15 (.3%) .7% 10 (67%) 5 (33%) 479 $44,000 $74,400
Nossi College of Art 1192 14 (.3%) 41.2% 5 (36%) 9 (64%)
Sanford-Brown College-San Antonio 14 (.3%) 35% 6 (43%) 8 (57%)
Colorado Mesa University 1180 14 (.3%) 1.3% 10 (71%) 4 (29%) 752 $42,600 $65,400
Grand View University 1130 14 (.3%) 2.7% 12 (86%) 2 (14%) 526 $36,700 $73,000
Cleveland State University 1074 14 (.3%) .6% 11 (79%) 3 (21%) 389 $45,200 $77,100
University of Bridgeport 1246 14 (.3%) 2.2% 10 (71%) 4 (29%) 389 $41,600 $77,100
Kansas City Art Institute 481 14 (.3%) 10.8% 9 (64%) 5 (36%)
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale 13 (.3%) 10.7% 6 (46%) 7 (54%)
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University 988 13 (.3%) .8% 8 (62%) 5 (38%) 610 $42,400 $70,600
Saint Norbert College 315 13 (.3%) 2.9% 9 (69%) 4 (31%)
Watkins College of Art Design - Film 1486 13 (.3%) 31.7% 7 (54%) 6 (46%)
Missouri Western State University 13 (.3%) 1.9% 12 (92%) 1 (8%) 803 $40,100 $63,300
Southern Utah University 1120 13 (.3%) 1.2% 9 (69%) 4 (31%) 706 $40,400 $67,300
Stonehill College 182 13 (.3%) 2.4% 7 (54%) 6 (46%) 138 $47,400 $89,800
Minnesota State University Moorhead 917 13 (.3%) 1.1% 9 (69%) 4 (31%) 575 $41,100 $71,600
Longwood University 462 13 (.3%) 1.4% 9 (69%) 4 (31%) 590 $39,700 $71,200
Suffolk University 625 12 (.2%) 1% 10 (83%) 2 (17%) 357 $45,700 $78,400
Berkeley College-Woodland Park 12 (.2%) 2.2% 9 (75%) 3 (25%)
Santa Fe University of Art and Design 1415 12 (.2%) 7.5% 9 (75%) 3 (25%)
Arkansas Tech University 1052 12 (.2%) .9% 9 (75%) 3 (25%) 803 $41,300 $63,300
Harding University 510 12 (.2%) 1.3% 10 (83%) 2 (17%) 600 $42,200 $70,900
Liberty University 825 12 (.2%) .1% 7 (58%) 5 (42%) 909 $39,400 $57,200
Samford University 275 12 (.2%) 1.4% 10 (83%) 2 (17%) 272 $43,100 $82,600
Villa Maria College 1465 12 (.2%) 27.9% 11 (92%) 1 (8%)
Lasell College 789 12 (.2%) 3.4% 6 (50%) 6 (50%)
Concordia University-Irvine 664 12 (.2%) 2.4% 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
Ringling College of Art and Design 364 11 (.2%) 4.6% 8 (73%) 3 (27%)
Baldwin Wallace University 583 11 (.2%) 1.4% 8 (73%) 3 (27%) 558 $41,800 $72,100
Texas Christian University 199 11 (.2%) .5% 9 (82%) 2 (18%) 383 $47,800 $77,200
Michigan State University 165 11 (.2%) .1% 6 (55%) 5 (45%) 220 $49,800 $85,200
The Art Institute of Colorado 11 (.2%) 7% 4 (36%) 7 (64%)
Susquehanna University 316 11 (.2%) 2.4% 11 (100%) 0 338 $42,900 $79,700
Newbury College 1388 11 (.2%) 7.6% 6 (55%) 5 (45%)
California Institute of the Arts 443 11 (.2%) 5.7% 7 (64%) 4 (36%)
Madonna University 903 10 (.2%) 1.6% 9 (90%) 1 (10%) 817 $42,600 $62,900
Emmanuel College 476 10 (.2%) 2.4% 8 (80%) 2 (20%) 593 $44,900 $71,100
Montserrat College of Art 591 10 (.2%) 12.8% 9 (90%) 1 (10%)
Cedarville University 392 10 (.2%) 1.5% 7 (70%) 3 (30%) 765 $46,900 $64,700
Bradley University 314 10 (.2%) .9% 8 (80%) 2 (20%) 149 $50,600 $89,200
Northwest Nazarene University 834 10 (.2%) 3.4% 9 (90%) 1 (10%) 673 $36,500 $68,600
Park University 1567 10 (.2%) .5% 4 (40%) 6 (60%) 646 $43,400 $69,700
Colby-Sawyer College 906 10 (.2%) 3.6% 4 (40%) 6 (60%)
Marymount Manhattan College 862 10 (.2%) 3% 8 (80%) 2 (20%) 819 $46,500 $62,800
Sanford-Brown College-Las Vegas 10 (.2%) 18.2% 4 (40%) 6 (60%)
Endicott College 343 9 (.2%) 1.5% 9 (100%) 0 954 $45,100 $52,000
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania 745 9 (.2%) 2% 7 (78%) 2 (22%) 892 $39,800 $59,000
George Fox University 404 9 (.2%) 1.4% 6 (67%) 3 (33%) 687 $49,700 $68,100
The Art Institute of Las Vegas 9 (.2%) 9.4% 5 (56%) 4 (44%)
West Liberty University 1012 9 (.2%) 2.1% 8 (89%) 1 (11%) 842 $38,800 $61,800
University of the Incarnate Word 938 9 (.2%) .6% 5 (56%) 4 (44%) 824 $45,000 $62,400
Meredith College 520 9 (.2%) 2.4% 9 (100%) 0 902 $36,200 $58,000
Wayne State College 9 (.2%) 1.6% 6 (67%) 3 (33%) 922 $40,300 $55,900
Sanford-Brown College-Seattle 9 (.2%) 12.5% 6 (67%) 3 (33%)
Notre Dame College 1349 9 (.2%) 2.7% 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
South University-The Art Institute of Dallas 9 (.2%) 8.7% 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
Concordia University-Wisconsin 632 9 (.2%) 1.3% 4 (44%) 5 (56%) 836 $43,300 $62,000
SUNY College of Technology at Canton 969 9 (.2%) 2.1% 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
Calvin College 292 9 (.2%) 1% 6 (67%) 3 (33%) 492 $43,600 $74,000
Grace College and Theological Seminary 586 9 (.2%) 2.4% 6 (67%) 3 (33%)
Southeastern University 1267 9 (.2%) 1.5% 4 (44%) 5 (56%) 893 $39,900 $58,900
SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill 950 9 (.2%) 2.5% 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Campus 505 9 (.2%) 1.9% 5 (56%) 4 (44%) 242 $46,200 $83,900
Lipscomb University 614 8 (.2%) 1.2% 7 (88%) 1 (13%) 538 $42,000 $72,600
Augustana College 287 8 (.2%) 1.6% 7 (88%) 1 (13%) 486 $39,900 $74,200
West Texas A - M University 1176 8 (.2%) .5% 6 (75%) 2 (25%) 555 $46,700 $72,200
Southern Adventist University 1059 8 (.2%) 2.1% 3 (38%) 5 (63%) 906 $43,600 $57,500
Saint Ambrose University 538 8 (.2%) 1.2% 4 (50%) 4 (50%) 700 $43,200 $67,500
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania 787 8 (.2%) .6% 5 (63%) 3 (38%) 765 $39,500 $64,700
California University of Pennsylvania 755 8 (.2%) .6% 6 (75%) 2 (25%) 585 $40,400 $71,400
Trinity International University-Illinois 1045 8 (.2%) 4.3% 6 (75%) 2 (25%)
Mississippi College 669 8 (.2%) 1.3% 5 (63%) 3 (38%) 890 $39,600 $59,100
The Art Institute of Cincinnati-AIC College of Design 8 (.2%) 100% 6 (75%) 2 (25%)
The Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati 8 (.2%) 13.6% 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
Mercyhurst University 490 7 (.1%) 1.3% 6 (86%) 1 (14%) 945 $39,500 $54,100
University of Northwestern-St Paul 482 7 (.1%) 1.2% 6 (86%) 1 (14%)
Mount Mercy University 658 7 (.1%) 1.6% 5 (71%) 2 (29%) 595 $43,400 $71,000
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota 631 7 (.1%) 1.5% 6 (86%) 1 (14%) 670 $46,100 $68,800
East Tennessee State University 943 7 (.1%) .3% 6 (86%) 1 (14%) 785 $40,100 $64,000
Lyndon State College 1284 7 (.1%) 3.6% 5 (71%) 2 (29%) 961 $37,900 $48,500
Marywood University 419 7 (.1%) 1.6% 6 (86%) 1 (14%) 863 $38,200 $60,500
Daemen College 1078 7 (.1%) 1.4% 5 (71%) 2 (29%) 368 $38,200 $77,800
Marian University 1185 7 (.1%) 1.8% 4 (57%) 3 (43%) 543 $41,100 $72,500
Abilene Christian University 649 7 (.1%) .9% 6 (86%) 1 (14%) 441 $42,000 $75,400
William Woods University 779 7 (.1%) 3.1% 6 (86%) 1 (14%) 894 $37,800 $58,800
Columbia College 1062 7 (.1%) .3% 4 (57%) 3 (43%) 765 $39,500 $64,700
Marymount University 850 7 (.1%) 1.2% 5 (71%) 2 (29%) 361 $46,000 $78,100
Bob Jones University 444 7 (.1%) 1.4% 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
George Washington University 94 7 (.1%) .3% 1 (14%) 6 (86%) 166 $49,500 $88,200
American Academy of Art 7 (.1%) 12.7% 6 (86%) 1 (14%)
Spring Hill College 705 6 (.1%) 2.7% 5 (83%) 1 (17%)
The Art Institute of Portland 6 (.1%) 3.8% 4 (67%) 2 (33%)
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith 6 (.1%) .8% 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
Ferrum College 1511 6 (.1%) 2.6% 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
Texas A - M University-Corpus Christi 1324 6 (.1%) .4% 4 (67%) 2 (33%) 452 $42,700 $75,000
Pacific Northwest College of Art 1450 6 (.1%) 9.2% 5 (83%) 1 (17%)
Pacific Union College 1178 6 (.1%) 2.2% 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
Malone University 798 6 (.1%) 1.9% 5 (83%) 1 (17%) 822 $42,000 $62,500
Mount Mary University 1139 6 (.1%) 3.8% 6 (100%) 0 787 $38,900 $63,800
Judson University 861 6 (.1%) 2.1% 5 (83%)