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Graph­ic design is one of the most ver­sa­tile art degrees since they qual­i­fy grad­u­ates for a large num­ber of dif­fer­ent pro­fes­sions. Col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties have tak­en notice of the bur­geon­ing field and are increas­ing­ly invest­ing into their graph­ic design degree pro­grams. Con­se­quent­ly, there are a wide range of great graph­ic design schools with an assort­ment of degrees for prospec­tive stu­dents to choose from. Before prospec­tive stu­dents are ready to decide what pro­grams to apply to, they should con­sid­er their edu­ca­tion­al pri­or­i­ties, such as:

  • Career Goals: There are var­i­ous graph­ic design spe­cial­ties that are offered in degree pro­grams, such as Print Media, Typog­ra­phy and Cal­lig­ra­phy, and Mobile Appli­ca­tion Design, so hav­ing a spe­cif­ic career in mind will help you find the pro­gram with the right curriculum.
  • Loca­tion: Sil­i­con Val­ley offers the most tech jobs and schools in the area will pro­vide great net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties if you want to go away to school. How­ev­er most pub­lic col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties offer great rates for in-state stu­dents, so attend­ing a school close to home is often the most finan­cial­ly pru­dent decision.
  • Price: Col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties vary great­ly in cost per cred­it hour, but your tuition rate can be decreased by schools that offer great finan­cial aid pack­ages. Most col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties offer their own schol­ar­ships as well, so prospec­tive stu­dents should be sure to use all of the finan­cial resources avail­able to them.

Once you have deter­mined your pri­or­i­ties, the next step is to find the pro­gram that match­es your expec­ta­tions. For­tu­nate­ly, there are many con­glom­er­ate lists avail­able for prospec­tive stu­dents to ref­er­ence. If you are ready to search for graph­ic design schools, be sure to check out our rank­ing of the Top 30 Best Bach­e­lor’s in Graph­ic Design. Some of the schools that rank in the top 30 graph­ic design bach­e­lor degrees include:

  • Mid­way Uni­ver­si­ty: Found­ed in 1847, and locat­ed in Mid­way, Ken­tucky, Mid­way Uni­ver­si­ty offers unique graph­ic design degrees for grad­u­ates look­ing to enter the field of mar­ket­ing. Stu­dents can earn a bach­e­lor’s degree in Graph­ic Design with a spe­cial­ty in Mar­ket­ing Com­mu­ni­ca­tions on cam­pus or 100% online. Tuition for the 2017–18 school year came out to $22,950, for both in-state and out-of-state stu­dents, and 97% of stu­dents received some form of finan­cial aid.
  • Cham­plain Col­lege: Found­ed in 1878 and locat­ed in Burling­ton, Ver­mont, Cham­plain Col­lege offers a hands-on graph­ic design pro­gram that has stu­dents work­ing on projects as soon as they begin their cur­ricu­lum. Their BFA in Graph­ic Design and Dig­i­tal Media can be paired with Mas­ter’s degree to make grad­u­ates high­ly employ­able. Tuition for the 2017–18 school year came out to $39,818, though 99% of stu­dents received finan­cial aid.
  • Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth Uni­ver­si­ty: Estab­lished in 1968, and locat­ed in Rich­mond, Vir­ginia, Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth Uni­ver­si­ty is a large pub­lic uni­ver­si­ty with great options for graph­ic design­ers. The uni­ver­si­ty offers both BFA and MFA pro­grams for graph­ic design­ers that are designed to land grad­u­ates great employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties. Tuition for the 2017–18 school year came out to $13,624 for in-state stu­dents, and $33,656 for out-of-state stu­dents, though 81% of stu­dents received some form of finan­cial aid.

If any of the schools that made our list of the Top 30 Best Bach­e­lor’s in Graph­ic Design might be the best place for you to learn to become a graph­ic design­er, be sure to vis­it their web­site to request more information.


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