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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Washington

9 Colleges
$35,042 Avg Salary
$26,172 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

With 635 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, design and applied arts is the #38 most popular major in Washington.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Washington ranking. This report analyzed 9 schools in Washington to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Washington

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

Top Washington Schools in Design

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 Washington. UW Seattle is a very large public school located in the city of Seattle.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Seattle Pacific University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Washington list. Located in the large city of Seattle, SPU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Washington State University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Washington list. Located in the distant town of Pullman, Wazzu is a public school with a very large student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Western Washington University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Washington list. Located in the small city of Bellingham, WWU is a public school with a large student population.

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Seattle University

Seattle, WA

Out of the 9 schools in Washington that were part of this year’s ranking, Seattle University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Seattle U is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Seattle.

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Central Washington University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #6 on the list. CWU is a large public school located in the town of Ellensburg.

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Lake Washington Institute of Technology landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. Located in the suburb of Kirkland, LWTech is a public college with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #8, Cornish College of the Arts did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. Cornish College of the Arts is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Seattle.

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Spokane Falls Community College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Washington ranking. Located in the midsize city of Spokane, Spokane Falls Community College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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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
Oregon 502
Nevada 139
Hawaii 43

One of 9 majors within the area of study, design and applied arts has other similar majors worth exploring.

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 9 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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