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Undergraduate Certificate in Design & Applied Arts

2,329 Yearly Graduations
$21,450 Median Salary
$11,804 Median Debt
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 certificate were awarded to design majors. 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 Certificate

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.


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.


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 Certificate 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

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

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


*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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