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Design & Applied Arts at Portland State University

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Design & Applied Arts at Portland State University

If you are interested in studying design and applied arts, you may want to check out the program at Portland State University. The following information will help you decide if it is a good fit for you.

Portland State University is located in Portland, Oregon and approximately 25,321 students attend the school each year. Of the 4,863 students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University in 2019, 94 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.

Portland State University Design & Applied Arts Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Design

Portland State University Design & Applied Arts Rankings

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

Note: Rankings don't always give a complete picture of a school's strengths and weaknesses, so it's a good idea to extend your research and also look at other factors when trying to decide if the school is right for you.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

The design major at Portland State University 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
Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools 226

How Much Do Design Graduates from Portland State University Make?

The median salary of design students who receive their bachelor's degree at Portland State University is $34,900. This is great news for graduates of the program, since this figure is 13% higher than the national average of $30,900 for all design bachelor's degree recipients.


Design Student Demographics at Portland State University

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

Portland State University Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Program

63% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 94 students who graduated with a bachelor’s in design from Portland State University in 2019, 37% were men and 63% were women. The typical design bachelor's degree program is made up of only 33% men. So male students are more repesented at Portland State University since its program graduates 4% more men than average.

Portland State University Gender Breakdown of Design & Applied Arts Bachelor's Degree Grads

About 60% of those who receive a bachelor's degree in design at Portland State University are white. This is above average for this degree on the nationwide level. Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 2% 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 Portland State University with a bachelor's in design.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Design & Applied Arts Majors at Portland State University
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 16
Black or African American 4
Hispanic or Latino 7
White 56
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 9

Portland State University also has a doctoral program available in design. In 2019, 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 OR, the home state for Portland State University.

Occupation Jobs in OR Average Salary in OR
Graphic Designers 3,510 $56,690
Art, Drama, and Music Professors 1,350 $75,800
Art Directors 960 $108,830
Multimedia Artists and Animators 730 $72,190
Interior Designers 670 $57,100


*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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