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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Maryland

4 Colleges
$39,025 Avg Salary
$34,033 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

In 2018-2019, 629 degrees and certificates were awarded to design and applied arts students who went to a Maryland college or university. This makes it the #35 most popular major in the state.

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best 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.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Maryland ranking. This report analyzed 4 schools in Maryland 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 Maryland

Check out the design programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top Maryland Schools in Design

#1

Stevenson University

Stevenson, MD

Our analysis found Stevenson University to be the best school for design and applied arts students who want to pursue a degree in Maryland. Located in the rural area of Stevenson, Stevenson is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Design majors at Stevenson take out an average of $27,000 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 $280.

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Out of the 4 schools in Maryland that were part of this year’s ranking, Maryland Institute College of Art landed the # 2 spot on the list. MICA is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Baltimore.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at MICA take out is $36,237. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $405, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The excellent programs at University of Maryland - Baltimore County helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in Maryland. UMBC is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Baltimore.

On average, design graduates from UMBC take out $19,500 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $202.

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#4

University of Baltimore

Baltimore, MD

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

After completing their degree, design graduates from U of Baltimore carry an average student debtload of $56,750. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $661, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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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
New Jersey 611
District of Columbia 55
Delaware 68

One of 9 majors within the area of study, design and applied arts has other similar majors worth exploring.

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 4 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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