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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Southeast Region

71 Colleges
$28,888 Avg Salary
$29,236 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.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. 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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Southeast Region to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 71 schools in the Southeast Region to see which ones offered the best programs 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 the Southeast Region

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

Top 10 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools

#1

The Creative Circus

Atlanta, GA

Our 2021 rankings named The Creative Circus the best school in the Southeast Region for design and applied arts students. The Creative Circus is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the city of Atlanta.

On average, design graduates from The Creative Circus take out $21,010 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $218.

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The excellent programs at Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in the Southeast Region . Georgia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Atlanta.

Design majors at Georgia Tech take out an average of $26,874 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $279, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Out of the 71 schools in the Southeast Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Virginia Tech landed the # 3 spot on the list. Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg.

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#4

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Florida. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Southeast Region list. Located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville, U of F is a public school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, design graduates from U of F carry an average student debtload of $16,500. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $171.

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#5

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Clemson University is a great place for design and applied arts students. Located in the suburb of Clemson, Clemson is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at Clemson 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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North Carolina State University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in the city of Raleigh, NC State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

On average, design graduates from NC State take out $33,678 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $377.

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#7

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Southeast Region list. Florida State is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee.

While working on their degree, design majors at Florida State accumulate an average of around $29,863 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $336.

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#8

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

University of Kentucky landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. UK is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Lexington.

On average, design graduates from UK take out $25,000 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

With a ranking of #9, Auburn University did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. Auburn is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Auburn.

Design majors at Auburn take out an average of $26,250 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $272.

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The University of Tennessee - Knoxville did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the midsize city of Knoxville, UT Knoxville is a public college with a very large student population.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Design & Applied Arts students in the Southeast Region that almost earned our Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Southeast Region award.

Rank College Location
11 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
12 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
13 Longwood University Farmville, VA
14 Rasmussen College - Florida Ocala, FL

Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Georgia 2,117
Florida 1,422
Virginia 892
North Carolina 1,943
Tennessee 385
South Carolina 345
Kentucky 129
Louisiana 195
Alabama 274
Arkansas 193
Mississippi 196
West Virginia 94

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 25 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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