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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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            Remington College , Fort Worth
            • Dallas campus named 2013 School of the Year by the National Association for Health Professionals (NAHP).
            • Tuition covers course-required materials for campus students, including books, lab equipment, and class supplies.
            • Offers flat tuition rate to continuously enrolled students who are on track toward program completion.
            • Campus accreditation by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
            • 18 campuses across the United States, with online options as well.
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            Rasmussen College , Minneapolis
            • Founded in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1900, with over 40 diverse online degree programs.
            • Offers a comprehensive student services team (SUPPORT+) composed of financial aid advisors, academic tutors, career service advisors, and more.
            • Operates as a Public Benefit Corporation school, that puts students first and maintains a commitment to the communities they serve.
            • Features a DreamReal program, that provides students with career guidance from enrollment to graduation, helps them to make connections in their community, and more.
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            • 5 campus locations across Florida.
            • The place for students who want quality career training in the growing fields of allied health, business, design, education, information technology, legal studies, nursing and technical trades. 
            • Member of the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC).
            • FAPSC includes over 1,000 licensed, private career colleges all over the state of Florida, and prepares students in over 200 fields.
            • FAPSC members experience several benefits, including exclusive resources and discounts for FAPSC hosted events and programs.
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            • Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013 by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
            • Sullivan University voted one of 2014 Best Places to Work in Kentucky by the Best Companies Group.
            • Offers lifetime course review privileges for graduates.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
            • Originally founded in 1961, with the main campus located in Louisville, Kentucky.
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