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This ranking of graphic design schools began with the top fifteen as designated by the US News and World Report’s annual survey of U.S. colleges and universities, 2012. That was the extent of their list so from there, the rankings have been derived from other ranking sources that could be relied upon as somewhat objective.

1. Rhode Island School of Design teaches Graphic Design utilizing a broad range of media as platforms.

2. Yale University School of Art offers an undergraduate art major that leads to specialization at the graduate level.

3. Maryland Institute College of Art Graphic Design major differentiates between the Book Arts Studio option – for illustrators, photographers and print makers – and the Graphic Design Studio option, which offers a classic approach to the commercial aspects of the field.

4. Carnegie Mellon University offers an undergraduate program in Communication Design that is their version of Graphic Design, presented in a multi-platform environment.

5. Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts offers an undergraduate BFA in Graphic Design.

6. Cranbrook Academy of Art uses the term “2D” to describe their Graphic Design program, taught.

7. Art Center College of Design

8. California Institute of the Arts or “Calarts” as the institution is known offers both a BFA and an MFA in Graphic Design.

9. School of Visual Arts in New York has a Graphics Design undergraduate program that works in 2D, 3D and digital media.

10. Parsons School of Design offers a Communications Design Degree that is within an active fashion design institution, offering a unique opportunity for networking in that particular industry.



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  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
  • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
  • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
  • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
  • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
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DeVry University , Online (campus option available)
  • Within 6 months of graduation, over 90% of new graduates land jobs in their fields of study.
  • Offers an $18k College Completer Scholarship for transferring students who meet requirements.
  • All professors hold advanced degrees, many with MBAs and PhDs.
  • Classes start every 8 weeks, and curriculum is updated regularly with input from industry leaders.
  • More than 85% of students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships and grants.
  • Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA).
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  • Offers programs that start each month; admission is on a rolling basis.
  • Accepts Military Tuition Assistance (MTA) and helps students provide accurate documentation.
  • Puts a 120 student limit on lecture classes to improve student-to-instructor ratio. Lab settings typically have 6, 9, 12 or 24 students to one lab instructor.
  • Provides a Career Development Department to help students edit resumes and research the job market. It also maintains an updated record of potential employers in the industry. 
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• Founded in 1963 by Philip J. Steele, a well-known illustrator and educator who wanted to develop a training program based on the traditional method of drawing and painting that dates back to the Renaissance.
• Offers 16 degree and certificate programs, including commercial photography, fashion design, animation, graphic design, and game art.
• Features a unique Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer (VASD) program, where students engage with elite figures in the art world through private events, studio visit, lectures, and workshops.
• Offers several scholarship opportunities and other financial aid for students who qualify.

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  • Became a part of the Sanford-Brown network of schools.
  • Offers degree programs that are developed to address current and expected needs of the design, fashion, and media arts and technology industries.
  • Helps military students use their military educational benefits to achieve their educational goals. 
  • Provides many programs that let students combine classes on campus with online courses.
  • Has a career services department that offers career development strategy, résumé and cover letter assistance, and more.
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  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
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  • Transferable Credits

 
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