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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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            • Online and Bachelor's programs include B.S. in Advertising, B.S. in Web Design, B.A. in Interior Design, and more
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            • Flexible class schedules offered during day times, evenings and weekends.
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            • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
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