Top Graphic Design Bachelors degree Programs - 2018

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
5,767
Total Males
2,132 (37%)
Total Females
3,635 (63%)
 

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Full Sail University 199 (3.5%) 6.2% 111 (56%) 88 (44%)
School of Visual Arts 295 197 (3.4%) 23.2% 139 (71%) 58 (29%)
Columbia College Chicago 1148 122 (2.1%) 6.5% 87 (71%) 35 (29%) 807 $41,900 $63,200
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division 116 (2%) 27.8% 66 (57%) 50 (43%)
Southern New Hampshire University 1345 114 (2%) 2.5% 67 (59%) 47 (41%) 697 $44,900 $67,700
The New School 415 112 (1.9%) 8.4% 89 (79%) 23 (21%) 228 $47,700 $84,500
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona 647 89 (1.5%) 1.9% 53 (60%) 36 (40%) 159 $51,000 $88,600
CUNY Queens College 499 86 (1.5%) 2.9% 54 (63%) 32 (37%) 233 $45,700 $84,200
Pratt Institute-Main 432 84 (1.5%) 12.4% 62 (74%) 22 (26%) 185 $48,300 $87,400
Liberty University 837 80 (1.4%) 1% 51 (64%) 29 (36%) 909 $39,400 $57,200
Ferris State University 830 78 (1.4%) 3% 54 (69%) 24 (31%) 526 $47,700 $73,000
Maryland Institute College of Art 245 75 (1.3%) 18% 45 (60%) 30 (40%) 898 $40,700 $58,300
Academy of Art University 74 (1.3%) 6.5% 55 (74%) 19 (26%)
Iowa State University 261 68 (1.2%) 1.1% 50 (74%) 18 (26%) 283 $51,200 $82,400
Art Center College of Design 673 61 (1.1%) 15.5% 37 (61%) 24 (39%) 312 $62,300 $81,300
Rhode Island School of Design 117 59 (1%) 11.6% 40 (68%) 19 (32%) 279 $48,500 $82,500
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 100 59 (1%) .8% 44 (75%) 15 (25%) 195 $51,700 $86,900
Portland State University 1026 56 (1%) 1.4% 36 (64%) 20 (36%) 489 $45,400 $74,100
Sanford-Brown College-Online 51 (.9%) 41.8% 30 (59%) 21 (41%)
Northeastern University 281 50 (.9%) 1.3% 33 (66%) 17 (34%) 151 $57,800 $89,100
Rochester Institute of Technology 435 49 (.8%) 2% 31 (63%) 18 (37%) 143 $57,400 $89,600
Temple University 408 48 (.8%) .8% 30 (63%) 18 (38%) 370 $45,600 $77,700
University of Wisconsin-Stout 934 48 (.8%) 3% 31 (65%) 17 (35%) 562 $47,600 $72,000
Virginia Commonwealth University 448 47 (.8%) .9% 34 (72%) 13 (28%) 642 $44,600 $69,800
San Jose State University 752 46 (.8%) .8% 29 (63%) 17 (37%) 75 $56,800 $97,700
Massachusetts College of Art and Design 219 43 (.7%) 12.3% 31 (72%) 12 (28%) 595 $44,200 $71,000
AI Miami International University of Art and Design 41 (.7%) 9.3% 27 (66%) 14 (34%)
University of Puerto Rico-Carolina 910 40 (.7%) 8.5% 18 (45%) 22 (55%)
Arizona State University-Tempe 309 40 (.7%) .4% 26 (65%) 14 (35%) 304 $49,300 $81,600
Saginaw Valley State University 1213 39 (.7%) 2.9% 24 (62%) 15 (38%) 621 $42,700 $70,300
Appalachian State University 278 39 (.7%) 1% 23 (59%) 16 (41%) 629 $41,300 $70,100
Drexel University 437 39 (.7%) 1.1% 26 (67%) 13 (33%) 111 $57,700 $92,900
Fashion Institute of Technology 37 (.6%) 2.4% 24 (65%) 13 (35%) 110 $46,400 $93,100
California College of the Arts 857 37 (.6%) 12.2% 27 (73%) 10 (27%) 181 $48,600 $87,500
SUNY at Purchase College 288 36 (.6%) 3.7% 20 (56%) 16 (44%) 474 $43,200 $74,500
North Carolina A - T State University 961 35 (.6%) 2.3% 15 (43%) 20 (57%) 383 $50,500 $77,200
University of Illinois at Chicago 456 35 (.6%) .9% 22 (63%) 13 (37%) 217 $51,500 $85,400
Flagler College-St Augustine 768 35 (.6%) 5.9% 25 (71%) 10 (29%)
DePaul University 365 34 (.6%) .9% 18 (53%) 16 (47%) 238 $50,200 $84,000
Briarcliffe College 34 (.6%) 10.8% 13 (38%) 21 (62%)
Oakland University 911 34 (.6%) 1.1% 23 (68%) 11 (32%) 353 $47,300 $78,700
Philadelphia University 485 34 (.6%) 5.5% 23 (68%) 11 (32%) 526 $45,100 $73,000
University of Akron Main Campus 1016 33 (.6%) 1.1% 13 (39%) 20 (61%) 382 $46,600 $77,300
Champlain College 496 33 (.6%) 5.7% 10 (30%) 23 (70%)
Louisiana Tech University 590 33 (.6%) 2.7% 18 (55%) 15 (45%) 169 $46,900 $88,000
The Art Institutes of York-PA 32 (.6%) 36.4% 20 (63%) 12 (38%)
The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago 32 (.6%) 13.7% 14 (44%) 18 (56%)
California State University-Fresno 964 30 (.5%) .7% 18 (60%) 12 (40%) 444 $45,100 $75,300
Independence University 30 (.5%) 10.2% 21 (70%) 9 (30%)
High Point University 462 30 (.5%) 3.5% 22 (73%) 8 (27%) 667 $42,400 $68,900
SUNY College at Oswego 407 28 (.5%) 1.7% 14 (50%) 14 (50%) 625 $38,900 $70,200
University of Bridgeport 1402 28 (.5%) 4.6% 17 (61%) 11 (39%) 389 $41,600 $77,100
Coastal Carolina University 993 28 (.5%) 1.8% 18 (64%) 10 (36%) 829 $39,500 $62,200
Milwaukee Institute of Art - Design 894 28 (.5%) 23% 21 (75%) 7 (25%)
The Art Institutes International-Minnesota 27 (.5%) 19.6% 13 (48%) 14 (52%)
John Brown University 427 27 (.5%) 5.5% 18 (67%) 9 (33%) 670 $38,900 $68,800
South Dakota State University 598 26 (.5%) 1.3% 15 (58%) 11 (42%) 434 $43,500 $75,600
Mt Sierra College 26 (.5%) 29.5% 16 (62%) 10 (38%)
North Central College 511 26 (.5%) 3.9% 18 (69%) 8 (31%) 250 $43,800 $83,200
North Carolina State University at Raleigh 144 26 (.5%) .5% 20 (77%) 6 (23%) 163 $52,400 $88,300
State University of New York at New Paltz 226 25 (.4%) 1.4% 17 (68%) 8 (32%) 706 $40,400 $67,300
Bellevue University 1514 25 (.4%) 1.2% 16 (64%) 9 (36%) 678 $44,800 $68,400
The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg 25 (.4%) 15.1% 18 (72%) 7 (28%)
Wichita State University 946 25 (.4%) 1.2% 14 (56%) 11 (44%) 479 $44,000 $74,400
Brigham Young University-Hawaii 957 24 (.4%) 4% 19 (79%) 5 (21%)
Boston University 79 24 (.4%) .6% 16 (67%) 8 (33%) 140 $51,800 $89,700
University of Florida 61 24 (.4%) .3% 18 (75%) 6 (25%) 223 $49,500 $85,100
College for Creative Studies 665 24 (.4%) 8.4% 12 (50%) 12 (50%) 616 $47,900 $70,400
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh 23 (.4%) 14.8% 15 (65%) 8 (35%)
University of Hartford 682 23 (.4%) 2.2% 21 (91%) 2 (9%) 161 $49,100 $88,400
Georgia Southern University 668 23 (.4%) .7% 15 (65%) 8 (35%) 686 $45,500 $68,200
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 62 23 (.4%) .3% 19 (83%) 4 (17%) 49 $58,100 $102,000
California State University-Sacramento 1083 22 (.4%) .4% 10 (45%) 12 (55%) 231 $46,800 $84,300
Minneapolis College of Art and Design 414 22 (.4%) 14.6% 8 (36%) 14 (64%)
Texas A - M University-Commerce 1101 22 (.4%) 1.3% 15 (68%) 7 (32%) 553 $42,100 $72,300
Sanford-Brown College-San Antonio 22 (.4%) 59.5% 5 (23%) 17 (77%)
Laguna College of Art and Design 936 21 (.4%) 18.1% 14 (67%) 7 (33%)
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale 21 (.4%) 14.8% 9 (43%) 12 (57%)
University of Houston 686 21 (.4%) .3% 14 (67%) 7 (33%) 207 $51,800 $86,300
University of Northern Iowa 382 21 (.4%) 1% 11 (52%) 10 (48%) 555 $42,900 $72,200
Chapman University 211 21 (.4%) 1.4% 14 (67%) 7 (33%) 428 $47,200 $75,700
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania 690 21 (.4%) 4.4% 12 (57%) 9 (43%) 892 $39,800 $59,000
Charleston Southern University 1275 21 (.4%) 4.1% 16 (76%) 5 (24%) 759 $35,200 $64,900
Montclair State University 399 21 (.4%) .6% 12 (57%) 9 (43%) 269 $44,200 $82,700
Digital Media Arts College 21 (.4%) 50% 11 (52%) 10 (48%)
Bradley University 299 20 (.3%) 1.8% 14 (70%) 6 (30%) 149 $50,600 $89,200
Ohio University-Main Campus 312 20 (.3%) .3% 11 (55%) 9 (45%) 380 $45,800 $77,400
Cleveland State University 1073 20 (.3%) .9% 11 (55%) 9 (45%) 389 $45,200 $77,100
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University 920 20 (.3%) 1.2% 9 (45%) 11 (55%) 610 $42,400 $70,600
Missouri Western State University 19 (.3%) 2.5% 15 (79%) 4 (21%) 803 $40,100 $63,300
The Art Institute of Houston 19 (.3%) 10.1% 10 (53%) 9 (47%)
Central Washington University 778 19 (.3%) .8% 9 (47%) 10 (53%) 407 $45,800 $76,500
Cedarville University 352 18 (.3%) 2.7% 13 (72%) 5 (28%) 765 $46,900 $64,700
Universidad del Turabo 1511 18 (.3%) 1.1% 9 (50%) 9 (50%)
Carthage College 469 18 (.3%) 3% 13 (72%) 5 (28%) 607 $44,000 $70,700
Texas Christian University 182 18 (.3%) .9% 15 (83%) 3 (17%) 383 $47,800 $77,200
Herzing University-Madison 1524 18 (.3%) 6.8% 13 (72%) 5 (28%)
University of North Dakota 646 18 (.3%) .9% 18 (100%) 0 298 $48,400 $81,700
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus 147 18 (.3%) .2% 13 (72%) 5 (28%) 172 $54,300 $87,800
Sanford-Brown College-Orlando 17 (.3%) 32.7% 8 (47%) 9 (53%)
Lesley University 454 17 (.3%) 3.8% 12 (71%) 5 (29%) 945 $41,000 $54,100
Robert Morris University Illinois 757 17 (.3%) 3.2% 11 (65%) 6 (35%) 907 $42,000 $57,400
Southern Utah University 1102 17 (.3%) 1.9% 8 (47%) 9 (53%) 706 $40,400 $67,300
SUNY College of Technology at Canton 1234 17 (.3%) 4.5% 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
Stonehill College 162 17 (.3%) 2.5% 15 (88%) 2 (12%) 138 $47,400 $89,800
Weber State University 16 (.3%) .6% 13 (81%) 3 (19%) 568 $52,000 $71,800
University of South Florida-St Petersburg 1064 16 (.3%) 1.8% 9 (56%) 7 (44%)
Saint Edward's University 433 16 (.3%) 1.9% 14 (88%) 2 (13%)
The New England Institute of Art 16 (.3%) 15.1% 7 (44%) 9 (56%)
Central Michigan University 729 16 (.3%) .4% 14 (88%) 2 (13%) 650 $41,800 $69,500
The University of the Arts 506 16 (.3%) 4.8% 12 (75%) 4 (25%) 693 $42,400 $67,900
Anderson University 775 16 (.3%) 3.2% 13 (81%) 3 (19%)
California University of Pennsylvania 736 16 (.3%) 1.2% 12 (75%) 4 (25%) 585 $40,400 $71,400
The Creative Center 16 (.3%) 100% 10 (63%) 6 (38%)
The Art Institute of Philadelphia 16 (.3%) 9.9% 10 (63%) 6 (38%)
Brigham Young University-Provo 273 16 (.3%) .3% 7 (44%) 9 (56%) 106 $52,300 $93,500
California Institute of the Arts 332 16 (.3%) 8.5% 12 (75%) 4 (25%)
The Art Institute of Las Vegas 15 (.3%) 17.4% 7 (47%) 8 (53%)
Point Loma Nazarene University 282 15 (.3%) 2.3% 12 (80%) 3 (20%) 423 $44,400 $76,000
Kansas City Art Institute 638 15 (.3%) 9.9% 10 (67%) 5 (33%)
The Art Institute of Michigan 15 (.3%) 18.5% 9 (60%) 6 (40%)
South University-The Art Institute of Fort Worth 14 (.2%) 36.8% 8 (57%) 6 (43%)
Susquehanna University 291 14 (.2%) 2.9% 8 (57%) 6 (43%) 338 $42,900 $79,700
Arkansas Tech University 1136 14 (.2%) 1% 6 (43%) 8 (57%) 803 $41,300 $63,300
The Art Institute of Seattle 14 (.2%) 8.4% 4 (29%) 10 (71%)
Western Michigan University 667 14 (.2%) .4% 9 (64%) 5 (36%) 389 $45,700 $77,100
Colorado Mesa University 1210 14 (.2%) 1.4% 7 (50%) 7 (50%) 752 $42,600 $65,400
The Art Institute of Austin 14 (.2%) 8.9% 6 (43%) 8 (57%)
George Fox University 512 14 (.2%) 2.5% 6 (43%) 8 (57%) 687 $49,700 $68,100
West Liberty University 1094 14 (.2%) 2.8% 10 (71%) 4 (29%) 842 $38,800 $61,800
Ringling College of Art and Design 389 14 (.2%) 4.7% 7 (50%) 7 (50%)
Grace College and Theological Seminary 444 14 (.2%) 3.9% 11 (79%) 3 (21%)
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania 751 13 (.2%) 1% 4 (31%) 9 (69%) 765 $39,500 $64,700
University of the Incarnate Word 1170 13 (.2%) 1% 8 (62%) 5 (38%) 824 $45,000 $62,400
Concordia University-Irvine 713 13 (.2%) 2.8% 8 (62%) 5 (38%)
Suffolk University 716 13 (.2%) 1% 8 (62%) 5 (38%) 357 $45,700 $78,400
Judson University 932 13 (.2%) 5.3% 9 (69%) 4 (31%)
The Art Institute of Cincinnati-AIC College of Design 13 (.2%) 100% 7 (54%) 6 (46%)
The Art Institute of Colorado 13 (.2%) 9% 7 (54%) 6 (46%)
Mercyhurst University 537 13 (.2%) 2.2% 8 (62%) 5 (38%) 945 $39,500 $54,100
Bob Jones University 308 13 (.2%) 2.6% 9 (69%) 4 (31%)
University of Central Oklahoma 1329 13 (.2%) .5% 10 (77%) 3 (23%) 735 $41,600 $66,200
Santa Fe University of Art and Design 1441 12 (.2%) 7.5% 6 (50%) 6 (50%)
Marywood University 446 12 (.2%) 3.2% 8 (67%) 4 (33%) 863 $38,200 $60,500
Edgewood College 688 12 (.2%) 2.7% 10 (83%) 2 (17%) 581 $44,000 $71,500
Marymount University 828 12 (.2%) 1.9% 8 (67%) 4 (33%) 361 $46,000 $78,100
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Hollywood 12 (.2%) 6.1% 6 (50%) 6 (50%)
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles 12 (.2%) 5.4% 5 (42%) 7 (58%)
Moore College of Art and Design 766 12 (.2%) 12% 12 (100%) 0 770 $36,100 $64,600
University of Denver 186 12 (.2%) 1% 6 (50%) 6 (50%) 242 $47,800 $83,900
The Art Institute of Salt Lake City 11 (.2%) 21.2% 7 (64%) 4 (36%)
South University-The Art Institute of Dallas 11 (.2%) 10.6% 7 (64%) 4 (36%)
Maryville University of Saint Louis 424 11 (.2%) 1.8% 9 (82%) 2 (18%) 887 $41,800 $59,200
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith 11 (.2%) 1.4% 10 (91%) 1 (9%)
Mississippi College 654 11 (.2%) 1.9% 5 (45%) 6 (55%) 890 $39,600 $59,100
Sanford-Brown College-Tampa 11 (.2%) 19.6% 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill 896 11 (.2%) 3.1% 4 (36%) 7 (64%)
Saint Ambrose University 659 11 (.2%) 1.7% 9 (82%) 2 (18%) 700 $43,200 $67,500
West Texas A - M University 1180 11 (.2%) .7% 7 (64%) 4 (36%) 555 $46,700 $72,200
Lipscomb University 443 11 (.2%) 1.7% 7 (64%) 4 (36%) 538 $42,000 $72,600
Columbia College 1370 11 (.2%) .5% 6 (55%) 5 (45%) 765 $39,500 $64,700
The Art Institute of San Antonio 11 (.2%) 10.6% 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
Lyndon State College 1212 11 (.2%) 5.5% 5 (45%) 6 (55%) 961 $37,900 $48,500
Southern Adventist University 1022 11 (.2%) 2.5% 8 (73%) 3 (27%) 906 $43,600 $57,500
Lamar University 1377 11 (.2%) .7% 4 (36%) 7 (64%) 298 $49,800 $81,700
Madonna University 865 11 (.2%) 1.5% 5 (45%) 6 (55%) 817 $42,600 $62,900
Doane University-Graduate and Professional Studies 11 (.2%) 5.3% 3 (27%) 8 (73%) 657 $41,100 $69,200
Elizabeth City State University 1253 11 (.2%) 3.6% 5 (45%) 6 (55%)
Lasell College 628 11 (.2%) 2.7% 6 (55%) 5 (45%)
The Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati 11 (.2%) 14.9% 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
Samford University 331 10 (.2%) 1.3% 6 (60%) 4 (40%) 272 $43,100 $82,600
The Art Institute of Charleston 10 (.2%) 13.9% 4 (40%) 6 (60%)
The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham 10 (.2%) 18.2% 4 (40%) 6 (60%)
Rider University 498 10 (.2%) 1% 5 (50%) 5 (50%) 404 $46,100 $76,600
Cabrini University 966 10 (.2%) 3.3% 6 (60%) 4 (40%) 409 $39,700 $76,400
Park University 1522 10 (.2%) .5% 7 (70%) 3 (30%) 646 $43,400 $69,700
Grand View University 1160 10 (.2%) 1.9% 6 (60%) 4 (40%) 526 $36,700 $73,000
Emmanuel College 461 10 (.2%) 2.3% 9 (90%) 1 (10%) 593 $44,900 $71,100
Campbell University 982 9 (.2%) 1% 7 (78%) 2 (22%) 517 $42,500 $73,100
Saint Norbert College 303 9 (.2%) 1.9% 7 (78%) 2 (22%)
William Woods University 799 9 (.2%) 3.6% 9 (100%) 0 894 $37,800 $58,800
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque 9 (.2%) 32.1% 5 (56%) 4 (44%)
The Art Institute of Virginia Beach 9 (.2%) 9.7% 7 (78%) 2 (22%)
The University of Tampa 587 9 (.2%) .6% 9 (100%) 0 517 $40,700 $73,100
Sanford-Brown College-Chicago 9 (.2%) 17% 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
Becker College 1364 9 (.2%) 2.3% 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
St John's University-New York 493 9 (.2%) .5% 6 (67%) 3 (33%) 185 $48,500 $87,400
Augustana College 258 9 (.2%) 1.6% 4 (44%) 5 (56%) 486 $39,900 $74,200
Minnesota State University Moorhead 861 9 (.2%) .7% 7 (78%) 2 (22%) 575 $41,100 $71,600
American University 119 9 (.2%) .5% 8 (89%) 1 (11%) 85 $46,100 $95,700
Montserrat College of Art 526 9 (.2%) 14.5% 6 (67%) 3 (33%)
Colby-Sawyer College 986 9 (.2%) 2.8% 7 (78%) 2 (22%)
Palm Beach Atlantic University 717 9 (.2%) 1.8% 7 (78%) 2 (22%) 932 $39,700 $55,300
Curry College 1020 9 (.2%) 1.3% 4 (44%) 5 (56%) 398 $49,800 $76,800
University of Nevada-Las Vegas 985 9 (.2%) .2% 8 (89%) 1 (11%) 423 $44,400 $76,000
Daemen College 1043 9 (.2%) 1.6% 3 (33%) 6 (67%) 368 $38,200 $77,800
Wayne State College 9 (.2%) 1.7% 7 (78%) 2 (22%) 922 $40,300 $55,900
Newbury College 1531 8 (.1%) 5.9% 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
Cleveland Institute of Art 410 8 (.1%) 7.3% 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
The Art Institute of Portland 8 (.1%) 5.7% 7 (88%) 1 (13%)
Lawrence Technological University 991 8 (.1%) 2.4% 3 (38%) 5 (63%) 122 $53,200 $91,800
Michigan State University 135 8 (.1%) .1% 8 (100%) 0 220 $49,800 $85,200
Assumption College 384 8 (.1%) 1.6% 5 (63%) 3 (38%) 398 $51,200 $76,800
Concordia University-Saint Paul 1245 8 (.1%) 1.3% 6 (75%) 2 (25%)
Sanford-Brown College-Seattle 8 (.1%) 16.7% 4 (50%) 4 (50%)