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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Wisconsin

15 Colleges
$28,488 Avg Salary
$22,358 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

Design & Applied Arts is the #31 most popular major in Wisconsin with 766 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. 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 assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Wisconsin ranking. This report analyzed 15 schools in Wisconsin to see which ones offered the best programs for students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school us, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Wisconsin

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Top 10 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools

Our analysis found University of Wisconsin - Madison to be the best school for design and applied arts students who want to pursue a degree in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is a very large public school located in the large city of Madison.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means University of Wisconsin - Stout is a great place for design and applied arts students. Located in the town of Menomonie, UW - Stout is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Wisconsin list. MIAD is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Milwaukee.

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Out of the 15 schools in Wisconsin that were part of this year’s ranking, Waukesha County Technical College landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the large suburb of Pewaukee, WCTC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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The excellent programs at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in Wisconsin. Located in the distant town of Stevens Point, UW - Stevens Point is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#6

Carthage College

Kenosha, WI

Carthage College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Wisconsin list. Carthage is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Kenosha.

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#7

Western Technical College

La Crosse, WI

Western Technical College 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. Located in the small city of La Crosse, Western Wisconsin Technical College is a public school with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #8, Fox Valley Technical College did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. FVTC is a large public school located in the midsize suburb of Appleton.

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Gateway Technical College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Wisconsin ranking. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Kenosha, Gateway Technical College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Rasmussen College - Wisconsin did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #10 on the list. Rasmussen College - Wisconsin is a small private for-profit school located in the midsize city of Green Bay.

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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
Indiana 582

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 15 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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