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What are the best graduate level graphic design schools? Finding a school that’s right for you can be difficult, especially with the high number of online programs now competing with programs on various campuses around the country. Each type of program offers different benefits for different students. For example, an online program provides flexible hours that allow you to take classes at your own pace, whereas an on campus class provides a more intimate setting for learning, allowing you to ask detailed questions and receive one on one help. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the different programs available, as well as how you can decide which program is best suited to your needs.

A lot of people ask, “What are the best graduate level graphic design schools for me personally?” This question doesn’t have a set answer for everyone, because the answer relies heavily on the field of graphic design in which you are interested. Your particular set of skills, talents, and interests will help determine which school is best suited to your needs. The Rhode Island School of Design, for example, is ranked as one of the highest in the country in terms of certain areas of graphic design, whereas Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Mills, Missouri specializes in completely different areas. Knowing which areas the schools you are interested in offer for graduate study is important on deciding which school is right for you.

What are the best graduate level graphic design schools in terms of a career? Again, this depends on what you want to do. Schools like the Virginia Commonwealth University are great for setting you on a career path in graphic design areas like visual communication, whereas an online school might be more suited to electronic media and animation. Depending on the type of work you plan on going into and the career path you have in mind, different schools will be able to help you in different ways. Even if you choose to do your graduate work at a school that does not specialize in your area of interest, it will allow you to expand your skill set and become a more attractive potential employee to future employers.

What are the best graduate level graphic design schools in general? The better schools for graphic design are those devoted entirely to the arts, although there are a few public and private schools that have excellent art programs, such as Yale University. Schools that are split between visual and performance arts are also generally good choices, although they may not offer as wide a range of particular areas in which to study when compared to schools that focus completely on graphic arts and related fields.


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