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Design & Applied Arts at San Jose State University

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Design & Applied Arts at San Jose State University

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

San Jose State is located in San Jose, California and approximately 36,208 students attend the school each year. Of the 7,192 students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University in 2021, 201 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.

San Jose State Design & Applied Arts Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Design

San Jose State Design & Applied Arts Rankings

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

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 San Jose State 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.

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How Much Do Design Graduates from San Jose State Make?

The median salary of design students who receive their bachelor's degree at San Jose State is $46,596. This is 42% higher than $32,733, which is the national average for all design bachelor's degree recipients.


Design Student Demographics at San Jose State

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

San Jose State Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Program

62% Women
76% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 201 students who earned a bachelor's degree in Design & Applied Arts from San Jose State in 2020-2021, 38% were men and 62% were women. The typical design bachelor's degree program is made up of only 32% men. So male students are more repesented at San Jose State since its program graduates 6% more men than average.


Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 41% 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 San Jose State University with a bachelor's in design.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 79
Black or African American 5
Hispanic or Latino 61
White 24
International Students 16
Other Races/Ethnicities 16

San Jose State 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 CA, the home state for San Jose State University.

Occupation Jobs in CA Average Salary in CA
Graphic Designers 29,320 $61,100
Multimedia Artists and Animators 10,760 $87,960
Art, Drama, and Music Professors 9,710 $115,460
Interior Designers 8,460 $68,440
Art Directors 7,620 $127,630


*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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