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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Southwest Region

40 Colleges
$27,160 Avg Salary
$27,678 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

Design & Applied Arts is the #35 most popular major in the country with 36,179 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Southwest Region to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 40 schools in the Southwest Region to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school us, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Southwest Region

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Top 10 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools

Our 2021 rankings named Sessions College for Professional Design the best school in the Southwest Region for design and applied arts students. Located in the medium-sized city of Tempe, Sessions College is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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Out of the 40 schools in the Southwest Region that were part of this year’s ranking, The University of Texas at Austin landed the # 2 spot on the list. UT Austin is a very large public school located in the large city of Austin.

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#3

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Texas Christian University is a great place for design and applied arts students. Located in the city of Fort Worth, TCU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Southern Methodist University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Southwest Region list. SMU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Dallas.

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#5

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

The excellent programs at Texas Tech University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in the Southwest Region . Texas Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Lubbock.

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#6

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston ranked #6 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Southwest Region list. U of H is a very large public school located in the city of Houston.

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West Texas A&M University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Southwest Region list. West Texas A&M University is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Canyon.

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Texas A&M University - Commerce came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in the distant town of Commerce, Texas A&M Commerce is a public college with a large student population.

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With a ranking of #9, Arizona State University - Tempe did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. ASU - Tempe is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Tempe.

While working on their degree, design majors at ASU - Tempe accumulate an average of around $34,486 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $389, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

Texas State University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in the city of San Marcos, Texas State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Texas 1,784
Arizona 759
Oklahoma 410
New Mexico 113

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 25 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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