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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region

19 Colleges
$24,836 Avg Salary
$27,386 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

Out of all the majors we analyze each year, design and applied arts was ranked #35 in the country. In fact 36,179 degrees and certificates were handed out in 2018-2019.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

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 the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Our analysis looked at 19 schools in the Rocky Mountains Region to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region

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

Top 10 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools

Our analysis found Colorado State University - Fort Collins to be the best school for design and applied arts students who want to pursue a degree in the Rocky Mountains Region . Located in the medium-sized city of Fort Collins, Colorado State is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, design graduates from Colorado State take out $24,193 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $251.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region list. Located in the medium-sized city of Lakewood, RMCAD is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

On average, design graduates from RMCAD take out $32,000 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $332.

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#3

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

Out of the 19 schools in the Rocky Mountains Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Utah landed the # 3 spot on the list. U of U is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Salt Lake City.

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#4

Arapahoe Community College

Littleton, CO

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Arapahoe Community College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region list. Located in the large suburb of Littleton, Arapahoe Community College is a public college with a large student population.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Arapahoe Community College carry an average student debtload of $12,890. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $134, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake City, UT

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Salt Lake Community College is a great place for design and applied arts students. Salt Lake Community College is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Salt Lake City.

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With a ranking of #6, Brigham Young University - Provo did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. Located in the city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Metropolitan State University of Denver 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 large city of Denver, MSU Denver is a public school with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at MSU Denver take out is $23,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $239, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Montana State University landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. MSU Bozeman is a large public school located in the remote town of Bozeman.

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Utah State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the city of Logan, USU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #10, Weber State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. WSU is a very large public school located in the city of Ogden.

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Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges by State

Explore the best design and applied arts colleges for a specific state in the Rocky Mountains region.

State Degrees Awarded
Colorado 360
Utah 554
Idaho 154
Montana 34
Wyoming 33

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 19 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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