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Basic Certificate in Design & Applied Arts

4,168 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 37% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 2.2% of design graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Design Majors

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 4,168 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 19,801
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 Basic Certificate

We are unable to calculate the median earnings for design majors with their basic certificate due to lack of data.

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 58.3% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,736
Women 2,432
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 163
Black or African American 613
Hispanic or Latino 573
White 2,356
International Students 90
Other Races/Ethnicities 373
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 1,202
Fine & Studio Arts 894
Drama & Theater Arts 483
General Visual & Performing Arts 370
Music 313


*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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