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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Colorado

4 Colleges
$31,350 Avg Salary
$24,232 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

With 360 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, design and applied arts is the #58 most popular major in Colorado.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right 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 Colorado ranking. Our analysis looked at 4 schools in Colorado to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Colorado

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

Top Colorado Schools in Design

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 Colorado. Located in the midsize city of Fort Collins, Colorado State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Colorado State carry an average student debtload of $24,193. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $251, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Colorado list. Located in the medium-sized city of Lakewood, RMCAD is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

After completing their degree, design graduates from RMCAD carry an average student debtload of $32,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $332, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Arapahoe Community College

Littleton, CO

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Arapahoe Community College. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Colorado list. Located in the large suburb of Littleton, Arapahoe Community College is a public school with a large student population.

Design majors at Arapahoe Community College take out an average of $12,890 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 $134.

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Out of the 4 schools in Colorado that were part of this year’s ranking, Metropolitan State University of Denver landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the city of Denver, MSU Denver is a public school with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, design majors at MSU Denver accumulate an average of around $23,000 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 $239.

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Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
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 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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