Top Graphic Design Colleges

As a graphic design major, you’ll learn the design theory, history, principles and applications that will enable you to create stunning and communicative images with cutting-edge technology. Along the way, you’ll take courses such as: drawing, typography, poster art, photography, and website design. Additionally, many graphic design majors take courses on advertising, consumer studies, and business.

Graphic designers can work in literally almost any field in capacities such as: web designer, public relations, advertising, publishing, or marketing. Some are employed by large graphic design firms while others choose to work independently on a freelance basis.

What do you need to make it in a Graphic Design program?

First and foremost, graphic designers need to possess a degree of innate artistic/design ability and be well-versed in the use of technology. Taking a CAD (computer-aided design) course in high school, if available, will give students an edge. Future graphic designers also need to be creative thinkers and problem-solvers who can easily work as a part of a team.

Your Graphic Design College Checklist:

  • Are the studio labs equipped with the latest technology? Are they available to undergraduate students?
  • Will you be able to access the design studio at all times?
  • Are your professors practicing graphic designers? What kinds of work have they performed? Do they possess MFA degrees?
  • What kind of work do current students do? Ask to see examples of student work.
  • How many students are in each class?
  • Is the geographic location of the college conducive to internships, cultural experiences, and industry connections?
  • Do the course requirements and/or areas of concentration match your specific professional and academic interests?

The Top Graphic Design Colleges & Universities

Graphic design is a competitive field, and finding the right college and program is often key to landing a good job. Schools that are held in particularly high regard by professionals, employers and students include: Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons School of Design, and the Pratt Institute. For a complete list of College Transitions Top Graphic Design Colleges and Universities, click here.

*College lists are compiled on the basis of counselor interviews, guide books, exhaustive internet searches (of college and departmental websites), and data provided by The College Board and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).


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