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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Michigan

14 Colleges
$32,014 Avg Salary
$27,962 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

In 2018-2019, 1,113 degrees and certificates were awarded to design and applied arts students who went to a Michigan college or university. This makes it the #27 most popular major in the state.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Michigan to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 14 schools in Michigan to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Michigan

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

Top 10 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools

Our 2021 rankings named Lawrence Technological University the best school in Michigan for design and applied arts students. Lawrence Tech is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Southfield.

While working on their degree, design majors at Lawrence Tech accumulate an average of around $27,000 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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The excellent programs at College for Creative Studies helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in Michigan. Located in the large city of Detroit, CCS is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

On average, design graduates from CCS take out $27,000 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Specs Howard School of Media Arts. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Michigan list. Located in the city of Southfield, Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

Design majors at Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts take out an average of $12,079 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $125.

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#4

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Michigan State University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Michigan list. Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the city of East Lansing.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Michigan State carry an average student debtload of $26,905. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $279.

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Out of the 14 schools in Michigan that were part of this year’s ranking, Western Michigan University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the city of Kalamazoo, WMU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Design majors at WMU take out an average of $27,000 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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With a ranking of #6, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor.

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Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Central Michigan University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Michigan ranking. Central Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Mount Pleasant.

While working on their degree, design majors at Central Michigan accumulate an average of around $27,000 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

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

After completing their degree, design graduates from Ferris carry an average student debtload of $22,124. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $230.

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Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

Oakland University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. Located in the large suburb of Rochester Hills, Oakland is a public school with a large student population.

On average, design graduates from Oakland take out $25,808 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $268, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, MI

Eastern Michigan University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Michigan list. Eastern Michigan is a large public school located in the suburb of Ypsilanti.

On average, design graduates from Eastern Michigan take out $25,472 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $264, 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
Ohio 1,988
Illinois 1,100
Indiana 582
Wisconsin 766

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 14 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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