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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Iowa

5 Colleges
$33,460 Avg Salary
$23,539 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

With 557 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, design and applied arts is the #23 most popular major in Iowa.

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

The Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Iowa ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 5 schools in Iowa 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 Iowa

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

Top Iowa Schools in Design

Our 2021 rankings named Iowa State University the best school in Iowa for design and applied arts students. Located in the small city of Ames, Iowa State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at Iowa State take out is $31,609. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $352.

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#2

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

The excellent programs at University of Northern Iowa helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in Iowa. Located in the small city of Cedar Falls, UNI is a public school with a large student population.

While working on their degree, design majors at UNI accumulate an average of around $21,475 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $223.

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#3

Grand View University

Des Moines, IA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Grand View University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Iowa list. Located in the midsize city of Des Moines, Grand View University is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Design majors at Grand View University take out an average of $21,000 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $218.

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Drake University

Des Moines, IA

Out of the 5 schools in Iowa that were part of this year’s ranking, Drake University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Drake is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Des Moines.

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The excellent programs at Hawkeye Community College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in Iowa. Hawkeye Community College is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Waterloo.

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Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges in the Plains States Region

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

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 5 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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