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Design & Applied Arts at Columbia College Chicago

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Design & Applied Arts at Columbia College Chicago

If you plan to study design and applied arts, take a look at what Columbia College Chicago has to offer and decide if the program is a good match for you. Get started with the following essential facts.

Columbia is located in Chicago, Illinois and has a total student population of 6,769. Of the 1,335 students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College Chicago in 2021, 271 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.

Columbia Design & Applied Arts Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Design

Columbia Design & Applied Arts Rankings

Each year, College Factual ranks design programs across the country. The following shows how Columbia performed in these rankings.

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 Columbia 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 Bachelor’s Degree Schools 7
Most Popular Design & Applied Arts Schools 15
Most Focused Design & Applied Arts Master’s Degree Schools 107
Best Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools 192
Best Design & Applied Arts Schools 227
Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools 259

In 2021, 0 student received their master’s degree in design from Columbia. This is the #108 most popular school for design master’s degree candidates in the country.

How Much Do Design Graduates from Columbia Make?

The median salary of design students who receive their bachelor's degree at Columbia is $29,065. This is less than $32,733, which is the national average of all design majors in the nation who earn bachelor's degrees.


Design Student Demographics at Columbia

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the design majors at Columbia College Chicago.

Columbia Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Program

66% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
For the most recent academic year available, 34% of design bachelor's degrees went to men and 66% went to women. The typical design bachelor's degree program is made up of only 32% men. So male students are more repesented at Columbia since its program graduates 2% more men than average.


About 50% of those who receive a bachelor's degree in design at Columbia are white. This is typical for this degree on the nationwide level. Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 9% 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 Columbia College Chicago with a bachelor's in design.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 33
Black or African American 23
Hispanic or Latino 54
White 136
International Students 8
Other Races/Ethnicities 17

Columbia also has a doctoral program available in design. In 2021, 0 student 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 IL, the home state for Columbia College Chicago.

Occupation Jobs in IL Average Salary in IL
Graphic Designers 11,700 $56,890
Art, Drama, and Music Professors 3,940 $68,360
Professors 3,040 $66,970
Photographers 2,600 $36,290
Interior Designers 2,250 $52,150


*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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