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2021 Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

391 Colleges
$7,395 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$29,542 Avg Salary

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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 391 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.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. 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.

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

2021 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

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

ATCC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,565 in tuition and fees each 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.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, ATCC 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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$3,096 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Southeast Community College Area. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools list. Located in the large city of Lincoln, Southeast Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Southeast Community College are $3,096 per year.

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#3

Century College - White Bear Lake

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

Out of the 391 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Century College - White Bear Lake landed the # 3 spot on the list. Century College - White Bear Lake is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of White Bear Lake.

Century College - White Bear Lake undergraduate students pay an average of $5,578 in tuition and fees each year.

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$5,864 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Dakota County Technical College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools list. Located in the rural area of Rosemount, DCTC is a public college with a small student population.

DCTC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,864 in tuition and fees each 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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$9,060 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent programs at Sessions College for Professional Design helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in the United States. Located in the medium-sized city of Tempe, Sessions College is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Sessions College are $9,060 per year.

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$4,545 Average Tuition & Fees

Metropolitan Community College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools ranking. Located in the city of Omaha, MCC is a public college with a large student population.

MCC undergraduate students pay an average of $4,545 in tuition and fees each 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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#7

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE

With a ranking of #7, Bellevue University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for design and applied arts students. Located in the suburb of Bellevue, Bellevue University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Bellevue University are $7,851 a 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.

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$6,395 Average Tuition & Fees

Waukesha County Technical College landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value design and applied arts programs. Located in the suburb of Pewaukee, WCTC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

WCTC undergraduate students pay an average of $6,395 in tuition and fees each year.

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$5,790 Average Tuition & Fees

Brigham Young University - Provo 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. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Provo.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at BYU are $5,790 per year.

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#10

Western Technical College

La Crosse, WI
$6,488 Average Tuition & Fees

Western Technical College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools 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 $6,488 in tuition and fees each year.

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#11

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park, KS

Johnson County 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 #11 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Overland Park, JCCC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at JCCC are $6,690 a year. On average, design graduates from JCCC take out $11,500 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $119.

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Fox Valley Technical College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools list. FVTC is a large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Appleton.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at FVTC are $6,688 a year.

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

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$6,575 Average Tuition & Fees

Gateway Technical College landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value design and applied arts programs. Located in the suburb of Kenosha, Gateway Technical College is a public school with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Gateway Technical College are $6,575 a year.

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$4,208 Average Tuition & Fees

Brigham Young University - Idaho 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. BYU - I is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the town of Rexburg.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at BYU - I are $4,208 per year.

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$9,541 Average Tuition & Fees

West Texas A&M University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools list. West Texas A&M University is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Canyon.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at West Texas A&M University are $9,541 a year.

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Arizona State University - Skysong did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #16 on the list. ASU - Skysong is a very large public school located in the large city of Scottsdale.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at ASU - Skysong are $19,560 a year.

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$8,912 Average Tuition & Fees

Wake Technical Community College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools ranking. Wake Technical Community College is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Raleigh.

Wake Technical Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $8,912 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their degree, design majors at Wake Technical Community College accumulate an average of around $15,312 in student debt. 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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#18

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN

Bemidji State University landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value design and applied arts programs. Bemidji State University is a small public school located in the town of Bemidji.

Bemidji State University undergraduate students pay an average of $8,940 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that design majors at Bemidji State University take out is $21,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $218, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Bemidji State University also is in the top 15% of our Best Design & Applied Arts Schools ranking.

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$6,625 Average Tuition & Fees

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College ranked #19 on this year’s Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools list. NWTC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Green Bay.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at NWTC are $6,625 per year.

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#20

Franklin University

Columbus, OH
$9,577 Average Tuition & Fees

Franklin University landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value design and applied arts programs. Located in the large city of Columbus, Franklin University is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Franklin University are $9,577 a year.

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$4,881 Average Tuition & Fees

Spokane Falls Community College ranked #21 on this year’s Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools list. Spokane Falls Community College is a moderately-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Spokane.

Spokane Falls Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,881 in tuition and fees each year.

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$7,695 Average Tuition & Fees

Guilford Technical Community College ranked #22 on this year’s Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools list. Guilford Technical Community College is a large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Jamestown.

Guilford Technical Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $7,695 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their degree, design graduates from Guilford Technical Community College carry an average student debtload of $15,249. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $158, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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$5,545 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #23, Minneapolis Community and Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for design and applied arts students. Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,545 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that design majors at Minneapolis Community and Technical College take out is $21,900. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $227, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rasmussen College - Florida came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Ocala, Rasmussen College - Florida is a private for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Rasmussen College - Florida are $10,935 a year.

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

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#25

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC
$8,277 Average Tuition & Fees

Western Carolina University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools ranking. WCU is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Cullowhee.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at WCU are $8,277 per year.

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Rest of the Top Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools

#30

Scottsdale Community College

Scottsdale, AZ
#38

Monroe Community College

Rochester, NY
#39

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN
#40

Hawkeye Community College

Waterloo, IA
#41

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
#43

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA
#44

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI
#46

Saint Louis Community College

Saint Louis, MO
#46

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake City, UT
#48

Portland Community College

Portland, OR
#49

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN
#50

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 391 different United States design and applied arts schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Texas State Technical College Waco, TX
52 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
52 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
54 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
55 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ
55 Arapahoe Community College Littleton, CO
57 Illinois State University Normal, IL
58 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
59 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
60 Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, OH
61 Interior Designers Institute Newport Beach, CA
62 Herzing University - Madison Madison, WI
63 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
64 Northwest College Powell, WY
65 Marywood University Scranton, PA
66 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
67 University of Houston Houston, TX
68 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
69 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ
70 SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY
71 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
71 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
73 Endicott College Beverly, MA
74 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
75 Owens Community College Perrysburg, OH
75 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
75 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
78 Iowa State University Ames, IA

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

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.

  • 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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