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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Missouri

8 Colleges
$27,883 Avg Salary
$23,556 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

Design & Applied Arts is the #63 most popular major in Missouri with 420 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. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

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 Missouri ranking. This report analyzed 8 schools in Missouri to see which ones offered the best programs 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 Missouri

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

Top Missouri Schools in Design

#1

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO

Our analysis found Lindenwood University to be the best school for design and applied arts students who want to pursue a degree in Missouri. Lindenwood University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Saint Charles.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Maryville University of Saint Louis. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Missouri list. Maryville U is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Louis.

Design majors at Maryville U take out an average of $20,475 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $212, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Webster University

Saint Louis, MO

The excellent programs at Webster University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in Missouri. Webster is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Louis.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Central Missouri. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Missouri list. Located in the town of Warrensburg, UCM is a public college with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at UCM take out is $25,099. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $260.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Missouri State University - Springfield. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Missouri list. Missouri State is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Springfield.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Missouri State carry an average student debtload of $20,250. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $210.

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#6

Kansas City Art Institute

Kansas City, MO

Kansas City Art Institute landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. Located in the large city of Kansas City, Kansas City Art Institute is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Kansas City Art Institute carry an average student debtload of $27,000. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#7

Stephens College

Columbia, MO

Stephens College landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. Stephens is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Columbia.

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#8

Saint Louis Community College

Saint Louis, MO

Saint Louis Community College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Missouri list. Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, Saint Louis Community College is a public college with a large student population.

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Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges in the Plains States Region

Explore all the Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges in the Plains States Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
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 8 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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