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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Ohio

20 Colleges
$29,261 Avg Salary
$22,569 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

In 2018-2019, 1,988 degrees and certificates were awarded to design and applied arts students who went to a Ohio college or university. This makes it the #21 most popular major in the state.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. 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.

The Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Ohio ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 20 schools in Ohio to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Ohio

The colleges and universities below are the best for design majors pursuing a .

Top 10 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools

Our analysis found Advertising Art Educational Services DBA School of Advertising Art to be the best school for design and applied arts students who want to pursue a degree in Ohio. Located in the small city of Kettering, Advertising Art Educational Services DBA School of Advertising Art is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Ohio State University - Main Campus. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Ohio list. Ohio State is a very large public school located in the city of Columbus.

While working on their degree, design majors at Ohio State accumulate an average of around $22,500 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $234.

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

Design majors at Cincinnati take out an average of $18,529 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $192, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Otterbein University

Westerville, OH

The excellent programs at Otterbein University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in Ohio. Otterbein is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Westerville.

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#5

Franklin University

Columbus, OH

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Franklin University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Ohio list. Located in the large city of Columbus, Franklin University is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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With a ranking of #6, Bowling Green State University - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. Located in the town of Bowling Green, BGSU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at BGSU take out is $26,117. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $271, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Miami University - Oxford did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #7 on the list. Miami of Ohio is a fairly large public school located in the town of Oxford.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at Miami of Ohio take out is $25,500. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $265, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Kent State University at Kent landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. Located in the large suburb of Kent, Kent State is a public college with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, design majors at Kent State accumulate an average of around $26,000 in student debt. 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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#9

Cedarville University

Cedarville, OH

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

While working on their degree, design majors at Cedarville accumulate an average of around $24,500 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $254.

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With a ranking of #10, Virginia Marti College of Art and Design did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. Located in the large suburb of Lakewood, VMCAD is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

Design majors at VMCAD take out an average of $30,000 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $311.

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Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 1,113
Illinois 1,100
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 20 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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