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2,329 Yearly Graduations
$21,450 Median Salary
$11,804 Median Debt
There are 306 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer an undergraduate certificate in design. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 46% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 2.6% of design graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Design Majors

In 2018-2019, 2,329 undergraduate certificates were awarded to design majors. This earns it the #32 spot on the list of the most popular undergraduate certificate programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in design at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 19,137
Associate’s Degree 8,485
Basic Certificate 4,140
Undergraduate Certificate 2,329
Master’s Degree 1,894
Graduate Certificate 169
Doctor’s Degree 25

Earnings of Design Majors With Undergraduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in design is $21,450. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $15,600 to a high of $26,300.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in design is $11,804. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $13,418 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $9,374.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $122.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their undergraduate certificate in design. About 61.1% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 905
Women 1,424
Gender Diversity of Undergraduate Certificates in Design

The racial-ethnic distribution of design undergraduate certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 134
Black or African American 280
Hispanic or Latino 555
White 1,152
International Students 60
Other Races/Ethnicities 148
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Design Undergraduate Certificate Students

There are 306 colleges that offer an undergraduate certificate in design. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
88 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ivy Tech Community College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for design majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate. Each year, around 72,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 88 undergraduate certificates were handed out to design majors at Ivy Tech Community College. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#2

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

Los Angeles, California
67 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
73% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Each year, around 13,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 67 undergraduate certificates were handed out to design majors at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Of these students, 55% were women and 73% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Specs Howard School of Media Arts

Southfield, Michigan
66 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Specs Howard School of Media Arts is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in design. Each year, around 500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 66 people received their undergraduate certificate in design from Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts. Around 55% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 56% were women.

#4

Hinds Community College

Raymond, Mississippi
59 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Hinds Community College comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in design. Each year, around 12,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The design program at Hinds Community College awarded 59 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 59% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 56% were women.

55 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Collin County Community College District is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in design. Each year, around 33,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The design program at Collin County Community College District awarded 55 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 53% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

The Creative Circus

Atlanta, Georgia
54 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Creative Circus comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in design. Roughly 200 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 54 people received their undergraduate certificate in design from The Creative Circus. Of these students, 72% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

SOWELA Technical Community College

Lake Charles, Louisiana
50 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is SOWELA Technical Community College. Roughly 3,400 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 50 undergraduate certificates were handed out to design majors at SOWELA. About 70% of this group were women, and 32% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Gnomon School of Visual Effects

Hollywood, California
48 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Gnomon School of Visual Effects comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in design. Roughly 300 attend the school each year. The design program at Gnomon School of Visual Effects awarded 48 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 48% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

South Plains College

Levelland, Texas
45 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
73% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

South Plains College comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in design. Each year, around 9,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 45 undergraduate certificates were handed out to design majors at South Plains College. Around 73% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 47% were women.

40 Yearly Graduations
32% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Cuyahoga Community College District is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in design. Roughly 23,400 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 40 undergraduate certificates were handed out to design majors at Cuyahoga Community College District. Of these students, 32% were women and 28% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Liceo de Arte y Tecnologia

San Juan, Puerto Rico
38 Yearly Graduations
39% Women

The 11th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Liceo de Arte y Tecnologia. Each year, around 900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 38 undergraduate certificates were handed out to design majors at Liceo de Arte y Tecnologia. Of these students, 39% were women and 100% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Chattahoochee Technical College

Marietta, Georgia
36 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Chattahoochee Technical College. Roughly 10,400 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 36 people received their undergraduate certificate in design from Chattahoochee Technical College. About 75% of this group were women, and 28% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

33 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Columbus State Community College. Roughly 27,300 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 33 people received their undergraduate certificate in design from Columbus State. Of these students, 52% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, California
33 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Saddleback College comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in design. Roughly 19,400 attend the school each year. The design program at Saddleback College awarded 33 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 91% were women and 42% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Perkinston, Mississippi
30 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in design. Each year, around 8,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 30 people received their undergraduate certificate in design from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Of these students, 70% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Clary Sage College

Tulsa, Oklahoma
27 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Clary Sage College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in design. Roughly 300 attend the school each year. The design program at Clary Sage College awarded 27 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 96% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

William Rainey Harper College

Palatine, Illinois
27 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is William Rainey Harper College. Roughly 13,500 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 27 undergraduate certificates were handed out to design majors at Harper College. About 93% of this group were women, and 30% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Tyler Junior College

Tyler, Texas
27 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Tyler Junior College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in design. Each year, around 10,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 27 undergraduate certificates were handed out to design majors at Tyler Junior College. Of these students, 70% were women and 41% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego, California
26 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Diego Mesa College comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in design. Each year, around 22,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 26 people received their undergraduate certificate in design from San Diego Mesa College. Of these students, 73% were women and 58% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Tulsa Technology Center

Tulsa, Oklahoma
25 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Tulsa Technology Center. Roughly 4,000 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 undergraduate certificates were handed out to design majors at Tulsa Tech. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 72% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to design that offer undergraduate certificates.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Fine & Studio Arts 6,189
Drama & Theater Arts 809
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 766
Music 332
General Visual & Performing Arts 111

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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