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Colleges in the United States With Graphic Design Programs

by Jen Saunders

A degree or certificate in graphic design leads to a broad range of jobs that include magazine design, book publishing, advertising layout, photo editing, or illustration artist. There are a number of colleges in the U.S. that offer graphic design programs, and knowing about popular schools for this field may help you narrow down your school choices

Rhode Island School of Design

“U.S. News World and Report” takes in a number of considerations when ranking schools and degree programs. They average out the scores in other ranking systems, look at program quality, graduation rates, tuition costs, teacher quality and student satisfaction. Being ranked No. 1 for their graphic design programs, Rhode Island School of Design located in Providence, Rhode Island proves to be a popular favorite. They offer several degrees including a four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, a two-year Master of Fine Arts and a three-year MFA. These degrees help prepare students to become effective professionals in graphic communication on multiple levels.

Yale University

They aren’t just known for medicine and humanities; “U.S. News World and Report” ranks them No. 2 for having an exceptional MFA in graphic design. Yale’s program places students in studio work monitored by faculty weekly meetings and includes five or six-person group thesis meetings on a biweekly basis. Students also learn via world-class lectures, presentations and workshops but are expected to have their own personal computers for use in the university’s labs and in the designated work space reserved to every student.

Maryland Institute College of Art

Coming in at No. 3, Maryland Institute College of Art located in Baltimore offers a post baccalaureate certificate in graphic design that is tailored for students who strive to work with talented and dedicated peers in a program filled with challenges. Students showcase their work in galleries alongside their peers while receiving exceptional support from instructors and motivation from fellow artists. The certificate is designed to prepare students for exciting careers in graphic design or for preparing them to enter the challenging MFA degree program.

Carnegie Mellon University

Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and ranked fourth by “U.S. News World and Report,” Carnegie Mellon University offers undergraduate degrees in industrial design and communication design that prepares students for the graphic design job market. These degree programs also prepare students for advancing into a number of graduate degrees including planning and information design, interaction design and the doctorate in design. According to their website, Carnegie Mellon University’s design programs aims to “prepare designers for a world that places high values on the quality of human interactions.”

About the Author

Jen Saunders is an entrepreneur and veteran journalist who covers a wide range of topics. She made the transition to writing after having spent 12 years in England where she studied and taught English literature.

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