Graphic Design in Illinois

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Schools Offering Graphic Design Programs in Illinois

Around 0.1% of Illinois's graduates graduate from graphic design degree programs every year. Thus, Illinois' 35 graphic design schools put out approximately 523 graphic designers each year.

Top Schools

University of Illinois at Chicago, which was ranked 29th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Illinois that has a graphic design program. It is located in Chicago. In 2010, University of Illinois at Chicago graduated 51 students from its graphic design program. Students at University of Illinois at Chicago paid $12,053 per year in tuition fees.

The second-ranked school in Illinois with a graphic design program is Dominican University, which is located in River Forest. In 2010, it was ranked 35th nationwide. Students at Dominican University paid $25,710 per year in tuition fees.

The third-ranked school in Illinois with a graphic design program is North Central College, which is located in Naperville. In 2010, it was ranked 35th nationwide. 3 students graduated with degree in graphic design from North Central College in 2010. The tuition rate at North Central College was $28,224 per year.


Tuition at Illinois' graphic design schools ranges from $28,858 per year to $2,194 per year. But, the average tuition is $10,489 per year. In 2010, the graphic design schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Illinois were:

  1. DePaul University - located in Chicago, students are charged $28,858 per year
  2. North Central College - located in Naperville, students are charged $28,224 per year
  3. Dominican University - located in River Forest, students are charged $25,710 per year

The lowest tuition rates at Illinois graphic design schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Elgin Community College - located in Elgin, students are charged $2,194 per year
  2. Waubonsee Community College - located in Sugar Grove, students are charged $2,352 per year
  3. Rock Valley College - located in Rockford, students are charged $2,400 per year

A graphic design degree from an Illinois school... what next?

Most people who graduate from graphic design school in Illinois go on to work as a graphic designer. In 2010, there were 9,870 graphic designers working in Illinois. The largest populations of Illinois graphic designers are working in the following counties:

  1. Cook County - 7,800 graphic designers
  2. Lake County - 450 graphic designers
  3. Boone County - 210 graphic designers

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of graphic designers is expected to grow by 9% by 2018. There are projected to be 13,140 graphic designers working in the Illinois then.


A graphic designer in Illinois earns $51,220 per year on average. However, this number is only an average. graphic designers in Illinois had varying salaries from $18,920 to $83,970 per year in 2010. On average a graphic designer earns the most in the following Illinois counties:

  1. Cook County - $53,900 per year
  2. Lake County - $49,440 per year
  3. Clark County - $44,590 per year

A graphic designer in the following counties in Illinois make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Macon County - $31,080 per year
  2. Edwards County - $34,530 per year
  3. Adams County - $35,260 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in graphic design. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as computer animation or graphic design.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Graphic Design in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Graphic Design in Illinois
  • Certificate in Graphic Design in Illinois

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
6,131 miles from location University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign IL 49.1299 41% 43,881
6,104 miles from location University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago IL 70.7646 34% 26,840
6,103 miles from location DePaul University Chicago IL 35.6436 31% 25,072
6,113 miles from location Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills IL 13.4837 n/a 17,774
6,126 miles from location Harper College Palatine IL 12.7765 n/a 15,711
6,200 miles from location Illinois Central College Peoria IL 15.7341 n/a 13,049
6,261 miles from location Western Illinois University Macomb IL 32.0587 31% 12,679
6,103 miles from location Columbia College Chicago Chicago IL 18.5129 n/a 12,127
6,116 miles from location Oakton Community College Des Plaines IL 11.0092 n/a 12,087
6,139 miles from location Elgin Community College Elgin IL 15.1103 n/a 11,704
6,146 miles from location Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove IL 14.036 n/a 10,532
6,134 miles from location Parkland College Champaign IL 15.5147 n/a 9,633
6,173 miles from location Rock Valley College Rockford IL 14.228 n/a 8,659
6,175 miles from location John A Logan College Carterville IL 13.1135 n/a 8,568
6,235 miles from location Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey IL 11.0347 n/a 8,179
6,138 miles from location Lake Land College Mattoon IL 14.784 n/a 7,945
6,204 miles from location Lincoln Land Community College Springfield IL 12.2962 n/a 7,677
6,165 miles from location Rend Lake College Ina IL 19.4494 n/a 5,871
6,205 miles from location Bradley University Peoria IL 35.5501 24% 5,800
6,181 miles from location Kaskaskia College Centralia IL 17.5689 n/a 5,337
6,103 miles from location Robert Morris University Illinois Chicago IL 24.0041 40% 4,619
6,178 miles from location Illinois Valley Community College Oglesby IL 16.1917 n/a 4,529
6,113 miles from location Dominican University River Forest IL 65.2729 34% 3,909
6,170 miles from location Richland Community College Decatur IL 12.4452 n/a 3,595
6,129 miles from location North Central College Naperville IL 64.8467 29% 2,798
6,296 miles from location John Wood Community College Quincy IL 14.7388 n/a 2,757
6,208 miles from location Highland Community College Freeport IL 15.1624 n/a 2,455
6,229 miles from location Spoon River College Canton IL 15.2286 n/a 2,118
6,298 miles from location Quincy University Quincy IL 21.8699 29% 1,845
6,103 miles from location International Academy of Design and Technology Chicago IL 8.83915 n/a 1,832
6,193 miles from location Greenville College Greenville IL 55.1301 35% 1,576
6,137 miles from location Judson University Elgin IL 26.4629 44% 1,231
6,114 miles from location Westwood College-O'Hare Airport Chicago IL 16.0541 n/a 888
6,103 miles from location Westwood College-Chicago Loop Chicago IL 15.4518 n/a 885
6,108 miles from location Fox College Inc Chicago IL 29.9524 52% 370

Curious what studying Graphic Design gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in Illinois

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Graphic Designers + 9,870 $51,220 28.0%

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