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Basic Certificate in Design & Applied Arts

4,140 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 36% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 2.4% of design graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Design Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 4,140 students earned their basic certificate in design. 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 Basic Certificate

At this time, we do not have the data to estimate the median earnings for this class of people.

Student Debt

The data on debt ranges for design majors who have their basic certificate is not available.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their basic certificate in design. About 57.0% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,780
Women 2,360
Gender Diversity of Basic Certificate in Design

The racial-ethnic distribution of design basic certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 202
Black or African American 564
Hispanic or Latino 566
White 2,377
International Students 101
Other Races/Ethnicities 330
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Design Basic Certificate Students

Below are some popular majors that are similar to design that offer basic certificate.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1,064
Fine & Studio Arts 830
Drama & Theater Arts 575
Music 441
General Visual & Performing Arts 343


*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.

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