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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Far Western US Region

52 Colleges
$30,399 Avg Salary
$27,675 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

Design & Applied Arts is the #35 most popular major in the country with 36,179 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

The Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Far Western US Region ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 52 schools in the Far Western US Region to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Far Western US Region

The following schools top our list of the Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges.

Top 10 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools

Our analysis found University of Washington - Seattle Campus to be the best school for design and applied arts students who want to pursue a degree in the Far Western US Region . Located in the city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public school with a very large student population.

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The excellent programs at Art Center College of Design helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in the Far Western US Region . Located in the midsize city of Pasadena, Art Center College of Design is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

While working on their degree, design majors at Art Center College of Design accumulate an average of around $31,000 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $322, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Chapman University

Orange, CA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Chapman University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Far Western US Region list. Located in the city of Orange, Chapman is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Chapman carry an average student debtload of $19,989. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $207.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means San Jose State University is a great place for design and applied arts students. San Jose State is a fairly large public school located in the city of San Jose.

Design majors at San Jose State take out an average of $22,617 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $235, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Southern California. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Far Western US Region list. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

On average, design graduates from USC take out $23,021 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $239.

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University of California - Los Angeles landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. UCLA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Los Angeles.

While working on their degree, design majors at UCLA accumulate an average of around $20,800 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $216.

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Seattle Pacific University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. SPU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Seattle.

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With a ranking of #8, Washington State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. Wazzu is a very large public school located in the town of Pullman.

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With a ranking of #9, University of California - Davis did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. UC Davis is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Davis.

On average, design graduates from UC Davis take out $13,333 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $138, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA

Western Washington University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. WWU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Bellingham.

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Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
California 4,680
Washington 635
Oregon 502
Nevada 139
Hawaii 43

Design & Applied Arts is one of 9 different types of programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Design

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 40,751
Music 26,968
Drama & Theater Arts 17,726
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 16,756
General Visual & Performing Arts 5,720

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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