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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Georgia

10 Colleges
$29,433 Avg Salary
$32,606 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

Design & Applied Arts is the #19 most popular major in Georgia with 2,117 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. 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.

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 Georgia ranking. Our analysis looked at 10 schools in Georgia to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Georgia

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

Top 10 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools

#1

The Creative Circus

Atlanta, GA

Our analysis found The Creative Circus to be the best school for design and applied arts students who want to pursue a degree in Georgia. Located in the city of Atlanta, The Creative Circus is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at The Creative Circus take out is $21,010. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $218.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Georgia list. Located in the city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, design graduates from Georgia Tech take out $26,874 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $279, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 10 schools in Georgia that were part of this year’s ranking, Savannah College of Art and Design landed the # 3 spot on the list. SCAD is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Savannah.

While working on their degree, design majors at SCAD accumulate an average of around $44,110 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 $496.

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#4

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Georgia Southern University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Georgia list. Located in the town of Statesboro, GaSou is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Design majors at GaSou take out an average of $23,000 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $239, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Kennesaw State University is a great place for design and applied arts students. KSU Georgia is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Kennesaw.

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Clark Atlanta University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Georgia ranking. CAU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Atlanta.

On average, design graduates from CAU take out $30,265 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $314, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The Art Institute of Atlanta ranked #7 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Georgia list. Ai Atlanta is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the city of Atlanta.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Ai Atlanta carry an average student debtload of $29,988. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $311.

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Valdosta State University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Georgia list. VSU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Valdosta.

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#9

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA

Gwinnett Technical College landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. Located in the suburb of Lawrenceville, GTC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at GTC take out is $14,100. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $146.

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American InterContinental University - Atlanta came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Georgia ranking. AIU Atlanta is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Atlanta.

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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
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

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 10 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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