Best Colleges for Graphic Design

Graphic design is a field of study that takes artistically-gifted, creative students and helps to mold them into highly-marketable candidates for employment in a number of careers including: public relations, advertising, publishing, or working for a large design firm or as a self-employed contractor. The best programs in graphic design give students a solid academic foundation in art history, design, drawing, typography, animation, and photography. Practical skills are honed through studio courses, co-ops, internships, and senior projects. Our top graphic design programs list includes colleges that are exclusively dedicated to the arts/design such as Academy of Art University and Savannah College of Art and Design as well as many traditional universities that house design programs on campus.

Click the links below for more information about each college’s graphic design program. Click here to read our methodology.

Academy of Art University

Arizona State University

Auburn University

Boston University

California College of the Arts

Carnegie Mellon University

Columbia College Chicago

Drexel University

Iowa State University

Maryland Institute College of Art

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

North Carolina State University

Northeastern University

Parsons School of Design

Pratt Institute

Rhode Island School of Design

Rochester Institute of Technology

Savannah College of Art and Design

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

School of Visual Arts (NY)

Temple University

Texas Christian University

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Cincinnati

University of Florida

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

University of Southern California

University of Texas at Austin

Virginia Commonwealth University

Yale University

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