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How will your design education stack up?

Here is some information to help you compare your design education with design education around the nation. There are 1,574 traditional design schools in the US.

Top Schools

The following schools that have design programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  2. Stanford University - located in Stanford, California
  3. University of Pennsylvania - located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Student Demographics

In 2010, 44,624 students earned degrees in design in the US. Of these students, 4,573 graduated from certificate programs in design, 38,069 graduated from undergraduate programs in design, and 1,982 graduated from graduate-level programs in design.


Students can pursue education in design at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Design
  • Bachelor's Degree in Design
  • Master's Degree in Design
  • Doctoral Degree in Design
  • Certificate in Design

The skills and/or knowledge that design students can expect to gain during the course of their design education are:

  • Computer Skills
  • Photography
  • Project Management
  • Illustration
  • Creative Thinking


On average in 2010, design schools in the US charged $22,100 in tuition per year. The following design schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  2. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, students paid $40,920
  3. Tulane University of Louisiana - located in New Orleans, Louisiana, students paid $40,584

The following design schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Appalachian State University - located in Boone, North Carolina, students paid $4,491
  2. University of Utah - located in Salt Lake City, Utah, students paid $5,746
  3. North Carolina State University at Raleigh - located in Raleigh, North Carolina, students paid $5,475

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of people working as a designer in the US will shrink to 0. This would require a NaN% decline in the profession. Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for designers to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Wyoming - 0%
  2. Kentucky - 0%
  3. Texas - 0%


In the US, a designer earns on average $NaN per year. However, the salary for a designer can greatly vary based on factors such as education, your boss or experience. On average, a designer earns the most in the following states:

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So what kind of job can you get after studying

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Graphic Designers 192,240 $48,140 7.7%
Floral Designers 47,850 $25,030 -25.1%
Interior Designers 40,120 $52,100 -19.8%
Art Directors 29,700 $94,100 1.2%
Commercial and Industrial Designers 28,670 $61,890 -9.4%
Fashion Designers 15,060 $74,440 16.0%
Designers, All Other 8,560 $50,440 -31.0%
Set and Exhibit Designers 8,120 $51,600 -3.1%