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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Oregon

6 Colleges
$29,056 Avg Salary
$27,362 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

Design & Applied Arts is the #28 most popular major in Oregon with 502 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. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Oregon to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 6 schools in Oregon 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 Oregon

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

Top Oregon Schools in Design

#1

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Our analysis found Oregon State University to be the best school for design and applied arts students who want to pursue a degree in Oregon. Oregon State is a very large public school located in the small city of Corvallis.

On average, design graduates from Oregon State take out $25,300 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $263.

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#2

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

Out of the 6 schools in Oregon that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Oregon landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the city of Eugene, UO is a public college with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, design majors at UO accumulate an average of around $24,000 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $249.

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#3

George Fox University

Newberg, OR

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means George Fox University is a great place for design and applied arts students. GFU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Newberg.

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Out of the 6 schools in Oregon that were part of this year’s ranking, Portland State University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the city of Portland, Portland State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Design majors at Portland State University take out an average of $26,000 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $270, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The excellent programs at Portland Community College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in Oregon. Portland Community College is a very large public school located in the large city of Portland.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Portland Community College carry an average student debtload of $25,094. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $260.

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Pacific Northwest College of Art landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. Located in the city of Portland, Pacific Northwest College of Art is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

Design majors at Pacific Northwest College of Art take out an average of $29,500 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $306.

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Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges in the Far Western US Region

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State Degrees Awarded
California 4,680
Washington 635
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 6 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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