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Basic Certificates in Design & Applied Arts

4,140 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
A basic certificate in design is offered at 321 colleges in the United States. 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

In 2018-2019, 4,140 earned their basic certificate in design. This makes it the 31st most popular basic certificate 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 Basic Certificates

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 Certificates 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

There are 321 colleges that offer a basic certificate in design. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, North Carolina
514 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Wake Technical Community College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for design majors who are seeking their basic certificate. Roughly 21,800 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 514 basic certificates were handed out to design majors at Wake Technical Community College. About 40% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

333 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbus State Community College comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in design. Each year, around 27,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 333 people received their basic certificate in design from Columbus State. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

#3

Wayne Community College

Goldsboro, North Carolina
162 Yearly Graduations
11% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Wayne Community College comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in design. Roughly 3,200 attend the school each year. The design program at Wayne Community College awarded 162 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 11% were women and 38% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

114 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Sinclair Community College comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in design. Roughly 18,500 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 114 basic certificates were handed out to design majors at Sinclair Community College. Of these students, 61% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Fayetteville Technical Community College

Fayetteville, North Carolina
107 Yearly Graduations
35% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Fayetteville Technical Community College is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in design. Roughly 11,500 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 107 basic certificates were handed out to design majors at FTCC. About 35% of this group were women, and 58% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Chattahoochee Technical College

Marietta, Georgia
104 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Chattahoochee Technical College comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in design. Each year, around 10,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 104 basic certificates were handed out to design majors at Chattahoochee Technical College. Of these students, 65% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Augusta Technical College

Augusta, Georgia
82 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Augusta Technical College comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in design. Each year, around 4,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 82 basic certificates were handed out to design majors at Augusta Technical College. Of these students, 48% were women and 59% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn, Illinois
71 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

College of DuPage is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in design. Roughly 24,900 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 71 basic certificates were handed out to design majors at COD. Of these students, 69% were women and 34% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

62 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Seminole State College of Florida comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in design. Each year, around 18,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The design program at Seminole State College of Florida awarded 62 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 39% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

#10

Central Piedmont Community College

Charlotte, North Carolina
58 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Central Piedmont Community College comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in design. Roughly 18,800 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 58 basic certificates were handed out to design majors at Central Piedmont Community College. Around 41% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 43% were women.

#11

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, Georgia
54 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Gwinnett Technical College. Each year, around 9,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 54 people received their basic certificate in design from GTC. Around 48% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 65% were women.

#11

Central Georgia Technical College

Warner Robins, Georgia
54 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Central Georgia Technical College comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in design. Each year, around 8,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The design program at Central Georgia Technical College awarded 54 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 70% were women and 43% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

49 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Des Moines Area Community College. Each year, around 23,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 49 basic certificates were handed out to design majors at DMACC. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

49 Yearly Graduations
16% Women
76% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their basic certificate is William T McFatter Technical College. Each year, around 1,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 49 people received their basic certificate in design from William T McFatter Technical College. Of these students, 16% were women and 76% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Shoreline Community College

Shoreline, Washington
45 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Shoreline Community College is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in design. Roughly 5,900 attend the school each year. The design program at Shoreline Community College awarded 45 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 51% were women.

#15

Danville Community College

Danville, Virginia
45 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Danville Community College comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in design. Each year, around 2,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The design program at Danville Community College awarded 45 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 51% of this group were women, and 58% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

New York School of Interior Design

New York, New York
42 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their basic certificate is New York School of Interior Design. Roughly 500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $36,000 per year.

The design program at New York School of Interior Design awarded 42 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 19% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 95% were women.

#17

City College of San Francisco

San Francisco, California
42 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their basic certificate is City College of San Francisco. Roughly 27,000 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 42 basic certificates were handed out to design majors at City College of San Francisco. Around 48% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

#19

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, California
41 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Saddleback College is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in design. Each year, around 19,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 41 people received their basic certificate in design from Saddleback College. About 83% of this group were women, and 37% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Guilford Technical Community College

Jamestown, North Carolina
40 Yearly Graduations
18% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Guilford Technical Community College is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in design. Roughly 10,500 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 40 basic certificates were handed out to design majors at Guilford Technical Community College. About 18% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

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

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

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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