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Design & Applied Arts Schools in California

In 2018-2019, 4,680 students earned their Design degrees in CA.

As a degree choice, Design & Applied Arts is the 33rd most popular major in the state.

Education Levels of Design & Applied Arts Majors in California

Design majors in the state tend to have the following degree levels:

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 2,112
Associate’s Degree 1,218
Award Taking 2 to 4 Years 515
Award Taking 1 to 2 Years 515
Award Taking Less Than 1 Year 456
Master’s Degree 254
Post-Master’s Certificate 125
Postbaccalaureate Certificate 125

Gender Distribution

In California, a design major is more popular with women than with men.

Design & Applied Arts Majors in CA Gender Diversity Statistics

Racial Distribution

The racial distribution of design majors in California is as follows:

  • Asian: 18.2%
  • Black or African American: 3.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 24.0%
  • White: 30.3%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 14.8%
  • Other Races: 9.4%
Design & Applied Arts Majors in CA Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Jobs for Design & Applied Arts Grads in California

88,250 people in the state and 756,760 in the nation are employed in jobs related to design.

Design & Applied Arts Jobs Nationwide vs. CA

Wages for Design & Applied Arts Jobs in California

In this state, design grads earn an average of $77,580. Nationwide, they make an average of $71,430.

jobs nationwide vs. state.

There are 137 colleges in California that offer design degrees. Learn about the most popular 10 below:

432 Degrees in Major Awarded
80% Graduation Rate
2,221 Total Students

Of all the students who attend this school, 75% get financial aid. Of all the teachers who work at the school, 40% are considered full time. In their early career, FIDM Los Angeles grads earn an average salary of $33,900.

#2

Academy of Art University

San Francisco
306 Degrees in Major Awarded
35% Graduation Rate
10,616 Total Students

63% of students get financical aid. The full-time teacher rate is 21%. Roughly six years after entering college, graduates of this school earn $26,900 a year.

226 Degrees in Major Awarded
68% Graduation Rate
2,249 Total Students

An average student at Art Center College of Design will pay a net price of $43,010. The full-time teacher rate is 26%. Most students complete their degree in 4.80 years.

198 Degrees in Major Awarded
85% Graduation Rate
38,167 Total Students

Of all the teachers who work at the school, 87% are considered full time. 20 to 1 is the student to faculty ratio. A typical student attending UC Davis will pay a net price of $14,729.

183 Degrees in Major Awarded
59% Graduation Rate
1,805 Total Students

Grads earn an average early-career salary of $29,400 after earning their degree at this institution. The full-time teacher rate is 21%. Of all the students who attend this school, 93% get financial aid.

164 Degrees in Major Awarded
64% Graduation Rate
17,578 Total Students

It takes the average student 4.75 years to graduate. 56% of the teachers are full time. 76% of students get financical aid.

144 Degrees in Major Awarded
51% Graduation Rate
29,778 Total Students

In their early career, SFSU grads earn an average salary of $38,000. This public college charges it's students an average net price of $15,033. Of all the teachers who work at the school, 50% are considered full time.

131 Degrees in Major Awarded
71% Graduation Rate
1,144 Total Students

Graduates earn an average $31,000 after graduation. 76% of students get financical aid. 16% of the teachers are full time.

126 Degrees in Major Awarded
67% Graduation Rate
37,466 Total Students

49% of the teachers are full time. This public school has an average net price of $8,982. Graduates earn an average $36,500 after graduation.

125 Degrees in Major Awarded
62% Graduation Rate
40,280 Total Students

The average student takes 4.93 years to complete their degree at Cal State Fullerton. 49% of the teachers are full time. This public college charges it's students an average net price of $8,234.

Design & Applied Arts Careers in CA

Some of the careers design majors go into include:

Job Title CA Job Growth CA Median Salary
Art, Drama, and Music Professors 15% $100,050
Designers 13% $77,030
Multimedia Artists and Animators 10% $84,740
Artists 8% $60,490
Graphic Designers 7% $56,810
Art Directors 7% $118,660
Commercial and Industrial Designers 6% $70,410
Interior Designers 5% $60,360
Set and Exhibit Designers 5% $58,910
Fashion Designers 4% $78,680
Photographers -4% $46,790

Below are some popular majors in the state that are similar to design.

Major Annual Graduates in CA
Fine & Studio Arts 6,630
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 4,428
Music 3,615
Drama & Theater Arts 3,415
General Visual & Performing Arts 1,285
Dance 490
Arts & Media Management 290
Other Visual Art 101

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