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Design & Applied Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University

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Design & Applied Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University

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

VCU is located in Richmond, Virginia and has a total student population of 29,757. In the 2018-2019 academic year, 272 students received a bachelor's degree in design from VCU.

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.

VCU Design & Applied Arts Degrees Available

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

VCU Design & Applied Arts Rankings

The following rankings from College Factual show how the design progam at VCU 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 VCU 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 6
Best Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools 162

In 2019, 13 students received their master’s degree in design from VCU. This makes it the #38 most popular school for design master’s degree candidates in the country.

How Much Do Design Graduates from VCU Make?

The median salary of design students who receive their bachelor's degree at VCU is $28,000. This is less than $30,900, which is the national average of all design majors in the nation who earn bachelor's degrees.

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Design Student Demographics at VCU

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

VCU Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Program

85% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
During the 2018-2019 academic year, 272 design majors earned their bachelor's degree from VCU. Of these graduates, 15% were men and 85% were women.

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

About 54% of those who receive a bachelor's degree in design at VCU are white. This is typical for this degree on the nationwide level. Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 8% 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 Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor's in design.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Design & Applied Arts Majors at Virginia Commonwealth University
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 32
Black or African American 40
Hispanic or Latino 18
White 146
International Students 10
Other Races/Ethnicities 26

VCU Design & Applied Arts Master’s Program

77% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 13 students who earned a master's degree in Design & Applied Arts from VCU in 2018-2019, 23% were men and 77% were women.

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

Of the students who received a design master's degree from VCU, 54% were white. This is typical for this degree on the natiowide level.

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Design & Applied Arts Majors at Virginia Commonwealth University
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 0
Black or African American 4
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 7
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 1

VCU 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 VA, the home state for Virginia Commonwealth University.

Occupation Jobs in VA Average Salary in VA
Graphic Designers 5,000 $60,540
Interior Designers 1,210 $52,670
Photographers 860 $37,420
Art Directors 510 $91,770

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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