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Design & Applied Arts at Carnegie Mellon University

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Design & Applied Arts at Carnegie Mellon University

What traits are you looking for in a design school? To help you decide if Carnegie Mellon University is right for you, we've gathered the following information about the school's design program.

Carnegie Mellon is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has a total student population of 14,029. Of the 1,848 students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 2019, 31 of them were design and applied arts majors.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Design & Applied Arts section at the bottom of this page.

Carnegie Mellon Design & Applied Arts Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Design
  • Master’s Degree in Design
  • Doctorate Degree in Design

Online Classes Are Available at Carnegie Mellon

Online courses are a good option for students who need a more flexible schedule that allows them to pursue an education when and where they want. Whether you're going to school part-time or full-time, you may find distance education the right choice for you.

For those who are interested in distance learning, Carnegie Mellon does offer online courses in design for the following degree levels:

Carnegie Mellon Design & Applied Arts Rankings

The following rankings from College Factual show how the design progam at Carnegie Mellon compares to programs at other colleges and universities.

Note: While rankings may be a good starting point when you're researching a school, they don't necessarily highlight all of a school's strengths. Don't forget to check out the other details that are available for a school to see if it has what you're looking for in a program.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

The design major at Carnegie Mellon is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for Design & Applied Arts. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Ranking Type Rank
Most Popular Design & Applied Arts Doctor’s Degree Schools 2

In 2019, 36 students received their master’s degree in design from Carnegie Mellon. This makes it the #10 most popular school for design master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 4 students who received their doctoral degrees in design, making the school the #2 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

Earnings of Carnegie Mellon Design Graduates

The median salary of design students who receive their bachelor's degree at Carnegie Mellon is $87,900. This is 184% higher than $30,900, which is the national average for all design bachelor's degree recipients.

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Design Student Demographics at Carnegie Mellon

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the design majors at Carnegie Mellon University.

Carnegie Mellon Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Program

68% Women
74% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The design program at Carnegie Mellon awarded 31 bachelor's degrees in 2018-2019. About 32% of these degrees went to men with the other 68% going to women.

Carnegie Mellon Gender Breakdown of Design & Applied Arts Bachelor's Degree Grads

Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 40% more racial-ethnic minorities in its design bachelor's program than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelor's in design.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Design & Applied Arts Majors at Carnegie Mellon University
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 21
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 2
White 4
International Students 4
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

Carnegie Mellon Design & Applied Arts Master’s Program

67% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
For the most recent academic year available, 33% of design master's degrees went to men and 67% went to women.

Carnegie Mellon Gender Breakdown of Design & Applied Arts Master's Degree Grads

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a master's in design.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Design & Applied Arts Majors at Carnegie Mellon University
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 6
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 3
White 9
International Students 13
Other Races/Ethnicities 5

Carnegie Mellon also has a doctoral program available in design. In 2019, 4 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Careers That Design Grads May Go Into

A degree in design can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for PA, the home state for Carnegie Mellon University.

Occupation Jobs in PA Average Salary in PA
Graphic Designers 8,710 $53,050
Art, Drama, and Music Professors 5,050 $80,740
Photographers 1,740 $34,790
Interior Designers 1,510 $57,730

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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