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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in District of Columbia

2 Colleges
$47,100 Avg Salary
$55,250 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

In 2018-2019, 55 degrees and certificates were awarded to design and applied arts students who went to a District of Columbia college or university. This makes it the #99 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.

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 District of Columbia ranking. Our analysis looked at 2 schools in District of Columbia to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in District of Columbia

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

Top District of Columbia Schools in Design


American University

Washington, DC

Our analysis found American University to be the best school for design and applied arts students who want to pursue a degree in District of Columbia. Located in the city of Washington, The American University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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The excellent programs at George Washington University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in District of Columbia. GWU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

Design majors at GWU take out an average of $55,250 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $626.

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Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

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State Degrees Awarded
New York 4,739
Pennsylvania 1,272
Maryland 629
New Jersey 611
Delaware 68

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 2 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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