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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Indiana

11 Colleges
$24,364 Avg Salary
$20,900 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

In 2018-2019, 582 degrees and certificates were awarded to design and applied arts students who went to a Indiana college or university. This makes it the #50 most popular major in the state.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. 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.

The Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Indiana ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 11 schools in Indiana to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Indiana

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

Top 10 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools

#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Our 2021 rankings named University of Notre Dame the best school in Indiana for design and applied arts students. Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Notre Dame.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at Notre Dame take out is $18,975. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $197, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Taylor University

Upland, IN

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

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#3

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Purdue University - Main Campus is a great place for design and applied arts students. Purdue is a fairly large public school located in the city of West Lafayette.

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#4

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

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

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Indiana University - Bloomington. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Indiana list. Located in the city of Bloomington, IU Bloomington is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Design majors at IU Bloomington take out an average of $26,000 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $270.

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Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. IUPUI is a very large public school located in the city of Indianapolis.

On average, design graduates from IUPUI take out $23,412 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $243.

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Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne ranked #7 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Indiana list. Located in the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #8 on the list. University of St. Francis Fort Wayne is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Fort Wayne.

After completing their degree, design graduates from University of St. Francis Fort Wayne carry an average student debtload of $27,000. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#9

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

Ivy Tech Community College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Indiana list. Ivy Tech Community College is a very large public school located in the large city of Indianapolis.

On average, design graduates from Ivy Tech Community College take out $12,430 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 $129.

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With a ranking of #10, International Business College-Indianapolis did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. Located in the city of Indianapolis, International Business College-Indianapolis is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

While working on their degree, design majors at International Business College-Indianapolis accumulate an average of around $9,726 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $101, assuming that the borrower is 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 Schools in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 1,113
Ohio 1,988
Illinois 1,100
Wisconsin 766

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 11 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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