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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Illinois

17 Colleges
$31,274 Avg Salary
$37,640 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

Design & Applied Arts is the #44 most popular major in Illinois with 1,100 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Illinois to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 17 schools in Illinois to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Illinois

Check out the design programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 10 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools

Our analysis found Illinois Institute of Technology to be the best school for design and applied arts students who want to pursue a degree in Illinois. Illinois Tech is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Illinois Tech carry an average student debtload of $142,414. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $1,659, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Illinois list. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Champaign.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at UIUC take out is $26,994. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 17 schools in Illinois that were part of this year’s ranking, Illinois State University landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public college with a very large student population.

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#4

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Bradley University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Illinois list. Bradley is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Peoria.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at Bradley take out is $24,500. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $254, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Out of the 17 schools in Illinois that were part of this year’s ranking, Northwestern University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. DePaul is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at DePaul take out is $25,773. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $267.

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#7

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Augustana College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Illinois list. Located in the city of Rock Island, Augustana is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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North Central College

Naperville, IL

North Central College landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. Located in the midsize city of Naperville, North Central is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

After completing their degree, design graduates from North Central carry an average student debtload of $25,750. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $267.

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Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, IL

Elmhurst University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. Elmhurst is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Elmhurst.

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University of Illinois at Chicago came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Illinois ranking. Located in the large city of Chicago, UIC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

On average, design graduates from UIC take out $27,000 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 1,113
Ohio 1,988
Indiana 582
Wisconsin 766

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

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 17 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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