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Bachelor’s Degree in Design & Applied Arts

19,801 Yearly Graduations
$30,900 Median Salary
$27,000 Median Debt
There are 635 schools in the United States where you can get your bachelor's degree in design. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 32% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 8.9% of design graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Design Majors

In 2017-2018, 19,801 bachelor's degree 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 19,801
Associate’s Degree 9,124
Basic Certificate 4,168
Undergraduate Certificate 2,388
Master’s Degree 1,845
Graduate Certificate 91
Doctor’s Degree 11

Earnings of Design Majors With Bachelor’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in design is $30,900. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $26,800 to a high of $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 length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

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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The median monthly payment of a design graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $280.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in design. About 67.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 6,390
Women 13,411
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degree in Design

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,703
Black or African American 1,338
Hispanic or Latino 2,491
White 10,790
International Students 1,757
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,722
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Design Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 635 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in design. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

703 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for design students seekinga bachelor's degree is Savannah College of Art and Design. Roughly 13,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $36,630 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $37,530 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 703 people received their bachelor's degree in design from SCAD. Of these students, 67% were women and 24% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, New York
571 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
41% 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 8,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,870 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,542 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 571 bachelor's degree were handed out to design majors at FIT SUNY. About 84% of this group were women, and 41% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

The New School

New York, New York
430 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is The New School. Roughly 10,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,997 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $45,669 per year.

The design program at The New School awarded 430 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 81% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Pratt Institute - Main

Brooklyn, New York
380 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pratt Institute - Main is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in design. Each year, around 5,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,810 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $32,004 per year.

The design program at Pratt Institute - Main awarded 380 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 79% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Full Sail University

Winter Park, Florida
289 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Full Sail University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in design. Each year, around 18,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $20,268 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,235 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 289 people received their bachelor's degree in design from Full Sail University. Around 37% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 51% were women.

#6

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
280 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Virginia Commonwealth University is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in design. Roughly 30,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,177 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,217 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 280 people received their bachelor's degree in design from VCU. Of these students, 80% were women and 34% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
248 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Iowa State University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in design. Roughly 36,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,740 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,302 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 248 bachelor's degree were handed out to design majors at Iowa State. Around 15% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 61% were women.

#7

Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
248 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia College Chicago comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in design. Each year, around 7,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $26,090 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $1,151 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 248 bachelor's degree were handed out to design majors at Columbia. About 62% of this group were women, and 30% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

243 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is The University of Texas at Dallas. Roughly 27,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,034 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,458 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 243 people received their bachelor's degree in design from UT Dallas. Of these students, 42% were women and 49% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, California
233 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Art Center College of Design is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in design. Roughly 2,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $42,816 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $45,250 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 233 bachelor's degree were handed out to design majors at Art Center College of Design. Around 63% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 61% were women.

221 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in design. Roughly 37,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,322 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,790 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 221 people received their bachelor's degree in design from Cincinnati. Of these students, 68% were women and 9% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
219 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern New Hampshire University is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in design. Each year, around 90,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 219 bachelor's degree were handed out to design majors at SNHU. About 64% of this group were women, and 17% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, Rhode Island
218 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rhode Island School of Design comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in design. Each year, around 2,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,900 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $49,900 per year.

The design program at Rhode Island School of Design awarded 218 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 69% of this group were women, and 44% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

217 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kent State University at Kent comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in design. Each year, around 28,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,312 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,536 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 217 bachelor's degree were handed out to design majors at Kent State. About 85% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
213 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Drexel University. Each year, around 24,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,874 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $34,155 per year.

The design program at Drexel University awarded 213 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 70% of this group were women, and 36% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

210 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Tempe comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in design. Each year, around 51,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,104 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,406 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 210 bachelor's degree were handed out to design majors at ASU - Tempe. Of these students, 61% were women and 35% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

University of California - Davis

Davis, California
198 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Davis is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in design. Roughly 37,300 attend the school each year. 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.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 198 people received their bachelor's degree in design from UC Davis. Of these students, 78% were women and 60% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

School of Visual Arts

New York, New York
174 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is School of Visual Arts. Roughly 4,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,900 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $44,700 per year.

The design program at School of Visual Arts awarded 174 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 75% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Maryland Institute College of Art

Baltimore, Maryland
168 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Maryland Institute College of Art is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in design. Each year, around 2,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $46,870 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,870 per year.

The design program at Maryland Institute College of Art awarded 168 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 70% were women.

#20

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Boston, Massachusetts
167 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Roughly 2,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $1,030 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,400 per year.

The design program at Massachusetts College of Art and Design awarded 167 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 73% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Fine & Studio Arts 26,555
Music 16,068
Drama & Theater Arts 12,429
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 10,968
General Visual & Performing Arts 3,121

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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