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2021 Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region

11 Colleges
$29,377 Avg Salary
$26,458 Avg Student Debt

Out of all the majors we analyze each year, design and applied arts was ranked #35 in the country. In fact 36,179 degrees and certificates were handed out in 2018-2019.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

The Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 11 schools in the Great Lakes Region to see which online programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Colleges.

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 Great Lakes Region . Columbus State is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Columbus.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Gateway Technical College. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Gateway Technical College is a large public school located in the suburb of Kenosha.

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#3

Franklin University

Columbus, OH

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Franklin University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Franklin University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Columbus.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Herzing University - Madison. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Herzing University - Madison is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Madison.

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Ball State University

Muncie, IN

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Ball State University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the small city of Muncie, Ball State is a public college with a very large student population.

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Rasmussen College - Wisconsin landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Green Bay, Rasmussen College - Wisconsin is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

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Herzing University - Akron landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. Located in the large suburb of Akron, Herzing Akron is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

On average, design graduates from Herzing Akron take out $32,562 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $338.

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Rasmussen College - Illinois ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the midsize city of Rockford, Rasmussen College - Illinois is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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Herzing University - Brookfield ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the suburb of Brookfield, Herzing University - Brookfield is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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Virginia Marti College of Art and Design came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. VMCAD is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Lakewood.

While working on their degree, design majors at VMCAD accumulate an average of around $30,000 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 $311.

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Explore the most popular online design and applied arts schools for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 1,113
Ohio 1,988
Illinois 1,100
Indiana 582
Wisconsin 766

One of 9 majors within the area of study, design and applied arts has other similar majors worth exploring.

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 11 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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