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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Plains States Region

37 Colleges
$29,931 Avg Salary
$22,419 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.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Plains States Region ranking. Our analysis looked at 37 schools in the Plains States Region 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 the Plains States Region

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

Top 10 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools

Our analysis found Alexandria Technical & Community College to be the best school for design and applied arts students who want to pursue a degree in the Plains States Region . ATCC is a small public school located in the town of Alexandria.

Design majors at ATCC take out an average of $12,000 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $125.

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The excellent programs at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in the Plains States Region . Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a very large student population.

Design majors at UMN Twin Cities take out an average of $22,375 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $232, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Iowa State University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Plains States Region list. Iowa State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Ames.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Iowa State carry an average student debtload of $31,609. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $352, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Bellevue University is a great place for design and applied arts students. Located in the large suburb of Bellevue, Bellevue University is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

While working on their degree, design majors at Bellevue University accumulate an average of around $20,832 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $216.

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#5

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO

The excellent programs at Lindenwood University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in the Plains States Region . Lindenwood University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Charles.

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln 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. Located in the city of Lincoln, UNL is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the midsize city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Century College

White Bear Lake, MN

With a ranking of #8, Century College did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. Century College is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of White Bear Lake.

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Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN

Saint Cloud State University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Plains States Region ranking. St. Cloud State University is a large public school located in the city of Saint Cloud.

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Maryville University of Saint Louis came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Plains States Region ranking. Maryville U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Louis.

While working on their degree, design majors at Maryville U accumulate an average of around $20,475 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $212.

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Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges by State

Explore the best design and applied arts schools for a specific state in the Plains States region.

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 420
Minnesota 622
Kansas 307
Iowa 557
Nebraska 263
North Dakota 48
South Dakota 58

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 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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