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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Virginia

9 Colleges
$27,840 Avg Salary
$28,070 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

Design & Applied Arts is the #43 most popular major in Virginia with 892 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. 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.

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 Virginia ranking. Our analysis looked at 9 schools in Virginia to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Virginia

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

Top Virginia Schools in Design

#1

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Our 2021 rankings named Virginia Tech the best school in Virginia for design and applied arts students. Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg.

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#2

Longwood University

Farmville, VA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Longwood University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Virginia list. Longwood is a small public school located in the town of Farmville.

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#3

Radford University

Radford, VA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Radford University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Virginia list. Radford is a large public school located in the small suburb of Radford.

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#4

Marymount University

Arlington, VA

Out of the 9 schools in Virginia that were part of this year’s ranking, Marymount University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Marymount is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Arlington.

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#5

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend George Mason University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Virginia list. GMU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax.

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Virginia Commonwealth University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #6 on the list. VCU is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Richmond.

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#7

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Virginia ranking. Liberty University is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lynchburg.

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The Art Institute of Virginia Beach came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Virginia ranking. Located in the large city of Virginia Beach, AiVA is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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With a ranking of #9, Tidewater Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. Located in the city of Norfolk, Tidewater Community College is a public school with a large student population.

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Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges in the Southeast Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Georgia 2,117
Florida 1,422
North Carolina 1,943
Tennessee 385
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.

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 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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