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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in South Carolina

7 Colleges
$28,233 Avg Salary
$29,061 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

With 345 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, design and applied arts is the #44 most popular major in South 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. 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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in South Carolina to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 7 schools in South Carolina to see which programs offered the best educational experiences 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 South Carolina

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

Top South Carolina Schools in Design

#1

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

Our analysis found Clemson University to be the best school for design and applied arts students who want to pursue a degree in South Carolina. Clemson is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Clemson.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Clemson carry an average student debtload of $23,000. 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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Out of the 7 schools in South Carolina that were part of this year’s ranking, Anderson University South Carolina landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the city of Anderson, Anderson University South Carolina is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

While working on their degree, design majors at Anderson University South Carolina accumulate an average of around $23,125 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $240.

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#3

Winthrop University

Rock Hill, SC

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Winthrop University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in South Carolina list. Winthrop is a medium-sized public school located in the small city of Rock Hill.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Charleston Southern University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in South Carolina list. Located in the midsize city of Charleston, CSU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at CSU take out is $27,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, 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 Coastal Carolina University is a great place for design and applied arts students. Coastal Carolina University is a large public school located in the small city of Conway.

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South University - Columbia ranked #6 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in South Carolina list. South University - Columbia is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Columbia.

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Horry-Georgetown Technical College landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. Located in the city of Conway, Horry-Georgetown Technical College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Design majors at Horry-Georgetown Technical College take out an average of $14,883 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $154.

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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
North Carolina 1,943
Tennessee 385
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 7 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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