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2022 Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools

1,217 Colleges
$29,542 Avg Salary
$27,114 Avg Student Debt

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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 1,217 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular online programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

Check out the online design programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

Our analysis found Columbus State Community College to be the most popular school for design and applied arts students who want to pursue an online degree in the United States. Located in the large city of Columbus, Columbus State is a public school with a very large student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Southern New Hampshire University. It ranked #2 on our 2022 Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools list. Located in the midsize suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

On average, design graduates from SNHU take out $19,419 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $202.

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The excellent online programs at Wake 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. Wake Technical Community College is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Raleigh.

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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#4

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Academy of Art University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools list. Located in the city of San Francisco, Academy of Art University is a private for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Academy of Art University carry an average student debtload of $60,503. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $673, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Chattahoochee Technical College. It ranked #5 on our 2022 Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools list. Located in the suburb of Marietta, Chattahoochee Technical College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design ranked #6 on this year’s Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools list. RMCAD is a small private for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Lakewood.

After completing their degree, design graduates from RMCAD carry an average student debtload of $32,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $332, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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New York School of Interior Design landed the #7 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. NYSID is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

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#8

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the small city of Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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The Modern College of Design landed the #9 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. Located in the city of Kettering, The Modern College of Design is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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#10

Lesley University

Cambridge, MA

Lesley University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #10 on the list. Lesley is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Lesley carry an average student debtload of $23,500. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $244.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools award.

Rank College Location
11 Sessions College for Professional Design Tempe, AZ
12 Independence University Salt Lake City, UT
13 Berkeley College - Woodland Park Woodland Park, NJ
14 Texas State Technical College Waco, TX

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More Design & Applied Arts Rankings

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).

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