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2022 Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

580 Colleges
$5,546 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$29,542 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

In 2019-2020, 36,854 people earned a degree or certificate in design and applied arts, making the major the #35 most popular in the United States.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. 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 help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 580 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best value experiences for design students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

When determining this ranking, we place a high emphasis on the school's quality as well as its sticker price. Even though a college may be affordable, it may not offer value. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

Our calculations use out-of-state tuition and fees in our nationwide and regional rankings. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2022 Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools in the United States

Check out the design programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your educational dollar.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality in Design & Applied Arts

$3,168 Average Tuition & Fees

Our analysis found Southeast Community College Area to be the best value school for design and applied arts students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the city of Lincoln, Southeast Community College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Southeast Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $3,168 in tuition and fees each year.

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#2

LDS Business College

Salt Lake City, UT
$0 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent programs at LDS Business College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in the United States. LDS Business College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Salt Lake City.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at LDS Business College are $0 per year.

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The excellent programs at Alexandria Technical & Community College helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in the United States. ATCC is a small public school located in the remote town of Alexandria.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at ATCC are $5,649 per year. 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.

ATCC also claimed a spot on our Best Design & Applied Arts Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#4

North Hennepin Community College

Brooklyn Park, MN

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means North Hennepin Community College is a great value for design and applied arts students. North Hennepin Community College is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Brooklyn Park.

North Hennepin Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,596 in tuition and fees each year.

North Hennepin Community College excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Design & Applied Arts Schools list.

Full Design & Applied Arts at North Hennepin Community College Report

The excellent programs at Collin County Community College District helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in the United States. Collin County Community College District is a very large public school located in the suburb of McKinney.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Collin County Community College District are $5,014 a year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Collin County Community College District is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Design & Applied Arts Schools list.

Full Design & Applied Arts at Collin County Community College District Report

#6

Oakland Community College

Bloomfield Hills, MI

With a ranking of #6, Oakland Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for design and applied arts students. Located in the large suburb of Bloomfield Hills, Oakland Community College is a public school with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Oakland Community College are $4,712 per year.

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$4,680 Average Tuition & Fees

Metropolitan Community College landed the #7 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best value design and applied arts programs. Located in the city of Omaha, MCC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at MCC are $4,680 a year. On average, design graduates from MCC take out $9,995 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $104, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN
$5,494 Average Tuition & Fees

Hennepin Technical College landed the #8 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best value design and applied arts programs. Hennepin Technical College is a small public school located in the suburb of Brooklyn Park.

Hennepin Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,494 in tuition and fees each year.

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Madison Area Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the large city of Madison, Madison College is a public college with a large student population.

Madison College undergraduate students pay an average of $6,668 in tuition and fees each year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Madison College is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Design & Applied Arts Schools list.

Full Design & Applied Arts at Madison Area Technical College Report

$4,512 Average Tuition & Fees

Western Iowa Tech Community College landed the #10 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best value design and applied arts programs. Western Iowa Tech Community College is a medium-sized public school located in the small city of Sioux City.

Western Iowa Tech Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,512 in tuition and fees each year.

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$5,520 Average Tuition & Fees

Chattahoochee Technical College landed the #11 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best value design and applied arts programs. Located in the large suburb of Marietta, Chattahoochee Technical College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Chattahoochee Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,520 in tuition and fees each year.

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#12

Moraine Park Technical College

Fond du Lac, WI
$6,481 Average Tuition & Fees

Moraine Park Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #12 on the list. Moraine Park Technical College is a small public school located in the small city of Fond du Lac.

Moraine Park Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $6,481 in tuition and fees each year.

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$6,508 Average Tuition & Fees

Waukesha County Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Pewaukee, WCTC is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at WCTC are $6,508 per year.

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$4,395 Average Tuition & Fees

Northeast Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #14 on the list. Northeast is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Norfolk.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Northeast are $4,395 per year.

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$4,456 Average Tuition & Fees

NorthWest Arkansas Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the small city of Bentonville, NWACC is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

NWACC undergraduate students pay an average of $4,456 in tuition and fees each year.

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#16

Century College

White Bear Lake, MN
$5,578 Average Tuition & Fees

Century College landed the #16 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best value design and applied arts programs. Century College is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of White Bear Lake.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Century College are $5,578 a year.

Full Design & Applied Arts at Century College Report

#17

Bismarck State College

Bismarck, ND

Bismarck State College ranked #17 on this year’s Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools list. BSC is a small public school located in the city of Bismarck.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at BSC are $6,657 per year. While working on their degree, design majors at BSC accumulate an average of around $12,000 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $125.

BSC excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Design & Applied Arts Schools list.

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Fox Valley Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #18 on the list. FVTC is a fairly large public school located in the midsize suburb of Appleton.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at FVTC are $6,761 per year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, FVTC also did well on our Best Design & Applied Arts Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Gateway Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #19 on the list. Gateway Technical College is a medium-sized public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Kenosha.

Gateway Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $6,705 in tuition and fees each year.

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#20

Western Technical College

La Crosse, WI
$6,584 Average Tuition & Fees

Western Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #20 on the list. Located in the city of La Crosse, Western Technical College is a public school with a small student population.

Western Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $6,584 in tuition and fees each year.

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Brigham Young University - Provo came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools ranking. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Provo.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at BYU are $0 per year.

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#22

Delgado Community College

New Orleans, LA
$4,079 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #22, Delgado Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for design and applied arts students. Located in the city of New Orleans, Delgado Community College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Delgado Community College are $4,079 a year. Design majors at Delgado Community College take out an average of $20,327 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $211, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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$0 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #23, Wake Technical Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for design and applied arts students. Wake Technical Community College is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Raleigh.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Wake Technical Community College are $0 per year. On average, design graduates from Wake Technical Community College take out $15,313 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $159, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#24

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE

Bellevue University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Bellevue, Bellevue University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Bellevue University undergraduate students pay an average of $7,851 in tuition and fees each year. 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.

Bellevue University excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Design & Applied Arts Schools list.

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$5,941 Average Tuition & Fees

Dakota County Technical College came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools ranking. Located in the rural area of Rosemount, DCTC is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at DCTC are $5,941 a year. Design majors at DCTC take out an average of $17,538 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 $182.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools

#27

Scottsdale Community College

Scottsdale, AZ
#28

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park, KS
#30

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, CA
#33

Finger Lakes Community College

Canandaigua, NY
#34

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN
#35

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA
#37

Franklin University

Columbus, OH
#38

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, IA
#42

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD
#44

Washtenaw Community College

Ann Arbor, MI
#48

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 580 different United States design and applied arts schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte, NC
52 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
53 Henry Ford College Dearborn, MI
54 Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles, CA
55 LaGuardia Community College Long Island City, NY
56 Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN
57 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
58 County College of Morris Randolph, NJ
59 Hostos Community College Bronx, NY
60 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ
61 Adirondack Community College Queensbury, NY
62 Park University Parkville, MO
63 Northern State University Aberdeen, SD
64 Texas State Technical College Waco, TX
64 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA
66 Elgin Community College Elgin, IL
67 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
68 Saint Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO
69 Herzing University - Akron Akron, OH
70 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg, PA
71 Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City, NC
71 Mohawk Valley Community College Utica, NY
73 Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA
74 Bellevue College Bellevue, WA
75 Portland Community College Portland, OR
76 Harford Community College Bel Air, MD
77 Pitt Community College Winterville, NC
78 Kalamazoo Valley Community College Kalamazoo, MI
79 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
80 Brookdale Community College Lincroft, NJ
81 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
82 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
83 Gnomon Hollywood, CA
84 Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, IA
85 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg, PA
86 Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, OH
87 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great value schools for Design & Applied Arts students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools award.

Rank College Location
88 Truckee Meadows Community College Reno, NV
89 Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology Okmulgee, OK
90 Monroe Community College Rochester, NY
90 Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, MO
92 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
93 Front Range Community College Westminster, CO
94 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
94 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
96 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
97 Nassau Community College Garden City, NY
98 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, PA
99 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
100 South Plains College Levelland, TX
101 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT
102 Arapahoe Community College Littleton, CO
103 Northwest College Powell, WY
104 Community College of Vermont Montpelier, VT
105 Onondaga Community College Syracuse, NY
106 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
106 Stevens - The Institute of Business & Arts Saint Louis, MO
106 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL
109 North Georgia Technical College Clarkesville, GA
110 North Idaho College Coeur d’Alene, ID
110 Lake Washington Institute of Technology Kirkland, WA
112 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
112 Interior Designers Institute Newport Beach, CA
114 Phoenix College Phoenix, AZ
115 Endicott College Beverly, MA
116 University of Wisconsin - Parkside Kenosha, WI

Design & Applied Arts by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 10 majors within the area of study, design and applied arts has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 39,860
Music 27,047
Drama & Theater Arts 18,124
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 17,506
General Visual & Performing Arts 6,359

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • 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).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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