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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Massachusetts

15 Colleges
$36,353 Avg Salary
$27,205 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

With 975 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, design and applied arts is the #43 most popular major in Massachusetts.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one 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 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 Massachusetts ranking. Our analysis looked at 15 schools in Massachusetts to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Massachusetts

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

Top 10 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools

Our analysis found Northeastern University to be the best school for design and applied arts students who want to pursue a degree in Massachusetts. Located in the city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Northeastern carry an average student debtload of $29,000. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $301.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Wentworth Institute of Technology. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Massachusetts list. Located in the large city of Boston, WIT is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

While working on their degree, design majors at WIT accumulate an average of around $27,000 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 $280.

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#3

Endicott College

Beverly, MA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Endicott College. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Massachusetts list. Endicott is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Beverly.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Endicott carry an average student debtload of $27,000. 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 15 schools in Massachusetts that were part of this year’s ranking, Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the large city of Boston, Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#5

Stonehill College

Easton, MA

The excellent programs at Stonehill College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in Massachusetts. Stonehill is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Easton.

Design majors at Stonehill 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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Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Boston U carry an average student debtload of $27,000. 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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University of Massachusetts - Lowell 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. UMass Lowell is a large public school located in the large suburb of Lowell.

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Suffolk University

Boston, MA

With a ranking of #8, Suffolk University did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. Suffolk is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at Suffolk take out is $27,000. 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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With a ranking of #9, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. UMass Dartmouth is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of North Dartmouth.

While working on their degree, design majors at UMass Dartmouth accumulate an average of around $26,000 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 $270.

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#10

Lesley University

Cambridge, MA

Lesley University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Massachusetts list. Lesley is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Lesley carry an average student debtload of $23,500. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $244.

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Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges in the New England Region

Explore all the Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges in the New England Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Connecticut 292
New Hampshire 376
Maine 35
Rhode Island 263
Vermont 87

Design & Applied Arts is one of 9 different types of programs to choose from.

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 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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