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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in North Carolina

10 Colleges
$28,036 Avg Salary
$26,748 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

With 1,943 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, design and applied arts is the #19 most popular major in North Carolina.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

The Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in North Carolina ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 10 schools in North Carolina 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 North Carolina

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

Top 10 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools

Our 2021 rankings named North Carolina State University the best school in North Carolina for design and applied arts students. NC State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Raleigh.

Design majors at NC State take out an average of $33,678 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $377, 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 Appalachian State University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in North Carolina list. Located in the distant town of Boone, Appalachian State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

On average, design graduates from Appalachian State take out $21,200 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $220, 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 Wake Technical Community College. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in North Carolina list. Wake Technical Community College is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Raleigh.

On average, design graduates from Wake Technical Community College take out $15,312 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $159.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of North Carolina at Greensboro. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in North Carolina list. Located in the large city of Greensboro, UNC Greensboro is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at UNC Greensboro take out is $25,918. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $269, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Meredith College

Raleigh, NC

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Meredith College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in North Carolina list. Meredith is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Raleigh.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at Meredith take out is $26,616. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $276.

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Central Piedmont Community College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in North Carolina list. Located in the large city of Charlotte, Central Piedmont Community College is a public school with a large student population.

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East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

East Carolina University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in North Carolina ranking. Located in the small city of Greenville, ECU is a public college with a very large student population.

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Western Carolina University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in North Carolina list. WCU is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Cullowhee.

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Guilford Technical Community College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in North Carolina list. Guilford Technical Community College is a large public school located in the midsize suburb of Jamestown.

Design majors at Guilford Technical Community College take out an average of $15,249 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $158.

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With a ranking of #10, North Carolina A & T State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. NC A&T is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Greensboro.

After completing their degree, design graduates from NC A&T carry an average student debtload of $30,750. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $319, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges in the Southeast Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Georgia 2,117
Florida 1,422
Virginia 892
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.

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 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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