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Bachelor’s Degrees in Design & Applied Arts

19,137 Yearly Graduations
$30,900 Median Salary
$27,000 Median Debt
A bachelor's degree in design is offered at 644 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 32% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 9.6% of design graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Design Majors

In 2018-2019, 19,137 bachelor's degrees were awarded to design majors. This makes it the 27th most popular bachelor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in design at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 19,137
Associate’s Degree 8,485
Basic Certificate 4,140
Undergraduate Certificate 2,329
Master’s Degree 1,894
Graduate Certificate 169
Doctor’s Degree 25

Earnings of Design Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in design is $30,900. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $26,800 and the high is $35,750.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in design is $27,000. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $32,028 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $24,472.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $280.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in design. About 69.5% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 5,830
Women 13,307
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Design

The racial-ethnic distribution of design bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,693
Black or African American 1,207
Hispanic or Latino 2,325
White 10,512
International Students 1,839
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,561
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Design Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 644 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in design. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

808 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Savannah College of Art and Design tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for design majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. Each year, around 14,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $37,575 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $38,475 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 808 bachelor's degrees were handed out to design majors at SCAD. Around 26% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#2

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, New York
560 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Fashion Institute of Technology. Roughly 8,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,542 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 560 people received their bachelor's degree in design from FIT SUNY. Of these students, 86% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

The New School

New York, New York
388 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The New School is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in design. Each year, around 10,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,770 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,710 per year.

The design program at The New School awarded 388 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 78% were women.

#4

Pratt Institute - Main

Brooklyn, New York
359 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pratt Institute - Main is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in design. Roughly 5,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,754 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,246 per year.

The design program at Pratt Institute - Main awarded 359 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 76% were women.

#5

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
284 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Southern New Hampshire University. Roughly 104,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,756 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,810 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 284 people received their bachelor's degree in design from SNHU. Of these students, 65% were women and 24% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
272 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Virginia Commonwealth University is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in design. Each year, around 30,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,177 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,701 per year.

The design program at Virginia Commonwealth University awarded 272 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 85% of this group were women, and 42% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
253 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Columbia College Chicago. Roughly 6,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $26,610 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $1,174 per year.

The design program at Columbia College Chicago awarded 253 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 62% were women and 35% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
252 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Iowa State University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in design. Roughly 34,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,042 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,758 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 252 people received their bachelor's degree in design from Iowa State. Of these students, 58% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Full Sail University

Winter Park, Florida
231 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Full Sail University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in design. Roughly 20,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $20,667 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,498 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 231 bachelor's degrees were handed out to design majors at Full Sail University. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 58% were women.

226 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Kent State University at Kent. Roughly 28,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,602 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,766 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 226 people received their bachelor's degree in design from Kent State. Of these students, 87% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
220 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Drexel University comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in design. Roughly 24,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,146 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $35,181 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 220 people received their bachelor's degree in design from Drexel. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 74% were women.

#12

Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, California
216 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Art Center College of Design is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in design. Each year, around 2,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $44,272 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,788 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 216 people received their bachelor's degree in design from Art Center College of Design. Of these students, 69% were women and 62% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

213 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Cincinnati - Main Campus. Roughly 37,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,476 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,790 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 213 bachelor's degrees were handed out to design majors at UC. About 77% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

212 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Tempe is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in design. Roughly 51,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,710 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,720 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 212 bachelor's degrees were handed out to design majors at ASU - Tempe. Of these students, 70% were women and 35% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas
208 Yearly Graduations
31% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Dallas comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in design. Roughly 28,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,874 per year.

The design program at The University of Texas at Dallas awarded 208 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 47% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 31% were women.

#16

University of California - Davis

Davis, California
198 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of California - Davis. Each year, around 38,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

The design program at University of California - Davis awarded 198 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 79% were women and 62% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

School of Visual Arts

New York, New York
186 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

School of Visual Arts comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in design. Each year, around 4,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $41,900 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,940 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 186 people received their bachelor's degree in design from SVA. About 74% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Maryland Institute College of Art

Baltimore, Maryland
173 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Maryland Institute College of Art comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in design. Roughly 2,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $48,510 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,510 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 173 bachelor's degrees were handed out to design majors at MICA. Around 38% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 77% were women.

#19

College for Creative Studies

Detroit, Michigan
170 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is College for Creative Studies. Each year, around 1,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $44,400 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,240 per year.

The design program at College for Creative Studies awarded 170 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

164 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is California State University - Chico. Roughly 17,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 164 bachelor's degrees were handed out to design majors at Chico State. Of these students, 40% were women and 47% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to design that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Fine & Studio Arts 25,815
Music 15,747
Drama & Theater Arts 12,791
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 11,308
General Visual & Performing Arts 3,315

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student 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 percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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