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2021 Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools

79 Colleges
$29,542 Avg Salary
$27,114 Avg Student Debt

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 Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 79 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.

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 United States. Located in the city of Columbus, Columbus State is a public college with a very large student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Southern New Hampshire University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools list. Located in the midsize suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit college 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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#3

Full Sail University

Winter Park, FL

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Full Sail University is a great place for design and applied arts students pursuing an online degree. Located in the large suburb of Winter Park, Full Sail University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Full Sail University carry an average student debtload of $42,160. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $464.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Wake Technical Community College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools list. Wake Technical Community College is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Raleigh.

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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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Savannah College of Art and Design. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools list. SCAD is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Savannah.

Design majors at SCAD take out an average of $44,110 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $496.

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#6

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA

Academy of Art University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the city of San Francisco, Academy of Art University is a private for-profit school with a moderately-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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With a ranking of #7, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. 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 #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. NYSID is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

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

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Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools list. Located in the small city of Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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Rasmussen College - Florida came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Ocala, Rasmussen College - Florida is a private for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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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
12 William T McFatter Technical College Davie, FL
13 Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown, NC
14 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
14 Sessions College for Professional Design Tempe, AZ

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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.

  • 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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