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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Alabama

3 Colleges
$34,400 Avg Salary
$28,271 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

In 2018-2019, 274 degrees and certificates were awarded to design and applied arts students who went to a Alabama college or university. This makes it the #64 most popular major in the state.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

The Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Alabama ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 3 schools in Alabama 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 Alabama

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

Top Alabama Schools in Design


Auburn University

Auburn, AL

Our 2021 rankings named Auburn University the best school in Alabama for design and applied arts students. Located in the small city of Auburn, Auburn is a public college with a very large student population.

On average, design graduates from Auburn take out $26,250 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $272, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend The University of Alabama. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Alabama list. UA is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Tuscaloosa.

While working on their degree, design majors at UA accumulate an average of around $26,000 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $270, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, AL

Out of the 3 schools in Alabama that were part of this year’s ranking, Jacksonville State University landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the small suburb of Jacksonville, Jacksonville State University is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges in the Southeast Region

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

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

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

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 3 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).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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