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2,388 Yearly Graduations
$21,450 Median Salary
$11,804 Median Debt
In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 44% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 2.2% of design graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Design Majors

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 2,388 students earned their undergraduate certificate in design. The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in design at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 19,801
Associate’s Degree 9,124
Basic Certificate 4,168
Undergraduate Certificate 2,388
Master’s Degree 1,845
Graduate Certificate 91
Doctor’s Degree 11

Earnings of Design Majors With Undergraduate Certificate

The median salary for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in design is $21,450. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $15,600 and the high is $26,300.


Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in design is $11,804. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

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.


The median monthly payment of a design graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $122.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their undergraduate certificate in design. About 60.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 938
Women 1,450
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 116
Black or African American 243
Hispanic or Latino 592
White 1,224
International Students 53
Other Races/Ethnicities 160
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 6,187
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 922
Drama & Theater Arts 824
Music 354
Dance 80


*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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