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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Arizona

11 Colleges
$26,673 Avg Salary
$26,053 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

In 2018-2019, 759 degrees and certificates were awarded to design and applied arts students who went to a Arizona college or university. This makes it the #50 most popular major in the state.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right 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 Arizona ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 11 schools in Arizona to see which ones offered the best programs for students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Arizona

The colleges and universities below are the best for design majors pursuing a .

Top 10 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools

Our 2021 rankings named Sessions College for Professional Design the best school in Arizona for design and applied arts students. Sessions College is a small private for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Tempe.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Arizona State University - Tempe is a great place for design and applied arts students. Located in the city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public school with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, design graduates from ASU - Tempe carry an average student debtload of $34,486. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $389.

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Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Grand Canyon University is a great place for design and applied arts students. Grand Canyon University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the city of Phoenix.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means American Institute of Interior Design is a great place for design and applied arts students. Located in the large suburb of Fountain Hills, AIID is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Arizona State University - Skysong is a great place for design and applied arts students. Located in the large city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public college with a very large student population.

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Northern Arizona 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. NAU is a very large public school located in the city of Flagstaff.

On average, design graduates from NAU take out $22,628 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $235.

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Scottsdale Community College landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. Scottsdale Community College is a medium-sized public school located in the rural area of Scottsdale.

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Mesa Community College landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. Located in the large city of Mesa, Mesa Community College is a public college with a very large student population.

Design majors at Mesa Community College take out an average of $9,000 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $93, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Pima Community College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Arizona ranking. Located in the large city of Tucson, Pima County Community College District is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Chandler-Gilbert Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the city of Chandler, Chandler-Gilbert Community College is a public college with a large student population.

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Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges in the Southwest Region

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

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 11 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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