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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Tennessee

9 Colleges
$24,367 Avg Salary
$28,499 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

Design & Applied Arts is the #52 most popular major in Tennessee with 385 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best 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.

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 Tennessee ranking. This report analyzed 9 schools in Tennessee to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Tennessee

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

Top Tennessee Schools in Design

Our 2021 rankings named The University of Tennessee - Knoxville the best school in Tennessee for design and applied arts students. Located in the city of Knoxville, UT Knoxville is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Tennessee list. Located in the city of Chattanooga, UT Chattanooga is a public college with a large student population.

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The excellent programs at Watkins College of Art Design & Film helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in Tennessee. Located in the city of Nashville, Watkins Institute is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

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#4

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Belmont University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Tennessee list. Located in the city of Nashville, Belmont is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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The excellent programs at Middle Tennessee State University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in Tennessee. Located in the midsize city of Murfreesboro, Middle Tennessee State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#6

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN

University of Memphis landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. Located in the large city of Memphis, U of Memphis is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #7, East Tennessee State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. ETSU is a large public school located in the small city of Johnson City.

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Chattanooga State Community College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Tennessee ranking. Chattanooga State Community College is a moderately-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Chattanooga.

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Memphis College of Art

Memphis, TN

With a ranking of #9, Memphis College of Art did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. Located in the large city of Memphis, MCA is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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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
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.

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 9 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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