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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Undergraduate Certificate Schools

35 Colleges
$24,100 Avg Salary
$13,718 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts Undergraduate Certificate 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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Design & Applied Arts Undergraduate Certificate Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 35 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best undergraduate certificate programs for students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the United States

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

Top 10 Best Design & Applied Arts Undergraduate Certificate Schools

#1

The Creative Circus

Atlanta, GA

Our analysis found The Creative Circus to be the best school for design and applied arts students who want to pursue a undergraduate certificate in the United States. Located in the city of Atlanta, The Creative Circus is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, design graduates from The Creative Circus carry an average student debtload of $21,018. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $218, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Florida. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. U of F is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville.

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#3

Century College

White Bear Lake, MN

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Century College. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Century College is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of White Bear Lake.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Specs Howard School of Media Arts. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the small city of Southfield.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, design graduates from Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts carry an average student debtload of $11,855. 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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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the fringe town of Shippensburg, Ship is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#6

Suffolk University

Boston, MA

Suffolk University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for design and applied arts students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #6 on the list. Suffolk is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

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Dakota County Technical College landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best undergraduate certificate design and applied arts programs. Located in the rural area of Rosemount, DCTC is a public school with a small student population.

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Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best undergraduate certificate design and applied arts programs. Located in the town of Indiana, IUP is a public college with a large student population.

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#9

Arapahoe Community College

Littleton, CO

Arapahoe Community College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Design & Applied Arts Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. Arapahoe Community College is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Littleton.

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With a ranking of #10, Massachusetts College of Art and Design did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the city of Boston, Massachusetts College of Art and Design is a public college with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at Massachusetts College of Art and Design take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $10,962.

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Design & Applied Arts by Region

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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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