Online Colleges for Graphic Design

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Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following four criteria for the specific subject being ranked:

  • Offer a degree or certificate program in that subject, either in an online or hybrid format
  • Have at least 1% of students attending some form of distance education
  • Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in 2016-17
  • Have reported data for all 11 ranking variables listed below

We ranked 1,813 colleges and universities in the United States on 11 criteria, using 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Program prominence, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded via distance education in 2016-2017 were in this particular subject
  2. Related subjects, based on the number of similar topics for programs in relevant CIP codes that are offered via distance education at any level
  3. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  4. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Prepaid, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools' tuition amounts are based on 2016-17 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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Look almost anywhere in the world and you can see the touch of a graphic designer. Think of the logo for your favorite brand of gum: a graphic designer created that logo so it could be easily remembered. Flip through any magazine: a graphic designer put together those images and painstakingly adjusted the location of the text around it for maximum effect. Pop in your favorite movie: right from the opening credits you're seeing the labor of the graphic designer in action. When it comes to making a visible impact on the world around you, graphic design might be one of the most influential careers there is.

Best Online Colleges for Graphic Design in 2018-19

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Several schools all across the U.S. offer online graphic design degree programs for their students to pursue, and knowing which programs have the most to offer can be a great asset in helping you choose. Using data collected from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and analyzed with our proprietary methodology, we present our list of the top ten best online colleges for graphic design.

1

Academy of Art University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$21,252
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
58%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
81
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1929, the Academy of Art University trains students in a wide range of artistic fields. Online graphic design degree programs take many forms at this San Francisco school, including:

  • Associate of Arts (66 units)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (132 units)
  • Master of Arts (36 units) or Master of Fine Arts (63 units)
  • Certificate (120 units)

No, that unit count for the certificate program is not a typo. Unlike most certificate programs, which tend to be quick and have a very narrow focus, this is a four-year certificate program that covers graphic design across a broad range of media, including print, traditional, digital, interactive and more. In fact, it is billed as similar to a bachelor's degree program, but without the liberal arts requirements, allowing students to focus almost entirely on graphic design.

Accreditation:

  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Location:

79 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
2

Full Sail University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$23,116
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
99%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
30
School Type
4-year

Full Sail University is a private, for-profit source of accelerated online degree programs, primarily focused on the arts and media. To assist students who are looking to become graphic designers, Full Sail offers an online Bachelor of Science in graphic design degree program, designed to present a broad understanding of the field. Course topics include graphic principles, creative presentation, history of visual communications, pop culture in media, and logos and symbols, to name just a few. Graphic design graduate students can transition into Full Sail's online Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in media design degree program, which focuses on the relationship "between the creative studio and the boardroom."

Accreditation:

  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

Location:

3300 University Blvd.
Winter Park, FL 32792-7429
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AI Miami International University of Art and Design

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$17,700
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
61%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
27
School Type
4-year

The online Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design and web design degree program offered by AI Miami International University of Art and Design focuses its core coursework on digital illustration, image manipulation, web page scripting and more. Students can also choose to concentrate their studies on either graphic design or web design, giving them some flexibility in how they want to approach the subject.

This nonprofit university is part of a bigger system of 31 schools. Students interested in the Art Institute's distance learning, including the graphic design program mentioned above, can try out online demos and online course samples on the school's website. Online learners also have access to student services, technical support, the online library and various student organizations.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
 
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Independence University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$16,968
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
100%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
19
School Type
4-year

Distance education at Independence University dates back to 1978, when the institution was still known as the "California College for Health Sciences." A university that emphasizes career knowledge and nontraditional studenthood, Independence offers multiple undergraduate degree programs for online students interested in learning more about graphic design. This includes an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in graphic arts, as well as a Bachelor of Science (BS) in graphic arts.

Coursework for both programs includes subjects such as layout design, typography, vector illustration, marketing, professional development and entrepreneurship. The bachelor's program also has the option of adding an emphasis in information design, which can help develop students' visual storytelling skills.

Accreditation:

  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

Location:

4021 S 700 E, Ste. 400
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
5

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$17,016
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
100%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
22
School Type
4-year

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is intent on keeping up as the lines between graphic design and web design become less defined. To this end, the institute offers online degree programs in graphic and digital design that start with design basics like color and image manipulation, then allow for concentrations later in the curriculum. Options include:

  • Associate of Science in graphic design (91 quarter credit hours)
  • Associate of Science in graphic design (92 quarter credit hours) (Pennsylvania-only)
  • Associate of Applied Science in graphic design (95 quarter credit hours) (Minnesota-only)
  • Bachelor of Science in graphic design (180 quarter credit hours)
  • Diploma in digital design (36 quarter credit hours)

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Location:

420 Boulevard of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1301
6

Sessions College for Professional Design

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$8,100
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
100%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
12
School Type
2-year

On their journey from a New York City startup to a fully online Arizona college, Sessions College for Professional Design has learned a thing or two about online education. They put these lessons to use in their multiple online degree programs, including their associate degree program in graphic design, which covers design programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

In addition to its graphic design associate degree program, the school also offers a degree program in advertising design for graphics students who want to focus their training on the advertising industry. Design principles are interwoven with courses on copywriting, account management and the advertising industry as a whole.

Accreditation:

  • Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)

Location:

51 W 3rd St, Suite E-301
Tempe, AZ 85281
7

The New School

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$45,440
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
12%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
11
School Type
4-year

Students interested in taking online coursework to help develop their graphic and digital design skills may want to enroll in the online graphic design certificate program available through The New School, located in Greenwich Village, New York City. This institution offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in numerous creative disciplines.

The New School's online certificate program in graphic and digital design can be completed either entirely through the Internet or in a hybrid format. Completion of at least six to eight courses is required, depending on the classes selected. Topics covered in the program's curriculum include graphic design history and digital imaging with Photoshop.

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education
 
8

Southern New Hampshire University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$31,136
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
87%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
105
School Type
4-year

A private, nonprofit school, Southern New Hampshire University offers a variety of online degree programs, among them an online Bachelor of Arts in graphic design & media arts. This program includes core courses in graphic design; general education courses to develop writing, communication, analysis and problem-solving skills; and multiple options for electives.

SNHU's online graphic design program allows students to complete a general track of study or to pick a concentration. Web design is offered as one area of concentration; 3D modeling and animation is the other. Students also may be able to transfer in prior college credit or to earn credit hours for work or life experience.

Accreditation:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
 
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Digital Media Arts College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$13,968
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
34%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
3
School Type
4-year

*NOTE: Digital Media Arts College has merged with Lynn University since this list was made. Please contact Lynn University to learn whether the merged school can still fulfill your educational needs.

Located in Boca Raton, Florida, the Digital Media Arts College offers both online and campus-based degree programs to help students build their technical and creative skills. These programs range from the undergraduate to graduate level and include an online Master of Science degree in web design and technology. Students in this program are required to create a website portfolio and complete a capstone project, but they may have the opportunity to accelerate their program by transferring in college credit or earning credit hours for work experience.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
 
10

Bellevue University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$21,252
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
58%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
81
School Type
4-year

A nonprofit, open access university located in Nebraska, Bellevue University goes out of its way to accommodate adult students, transfer students, military students, corporate students and more. Online education is an excellent way to serve all these disparate groups with the versatility they need, and as such, Bellevue offers various online degree programs, including in graphic design.

Interested students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design degree program that aims to teach the fundamentals of design in order to convey a message to an audience. Students are expected to develop a professional portfolio of their work throughout the program, which can help students attain employed positions or graduate study positions in the future. Bellevue also offers two related graphic design minors: one in print and one in web design.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Location:

1000 Galvin Rd S
Bellevue, NE 68005-3098

Why Pursue an Online Graphic Design Degree?

The graphic design field is made up of a combination of talent and technology, and students learn about both when they enroll in online colleges for graphic design. This page explores the courses that students may take in order to prepare for the field, as well as the skills they can develop during their time in the program.

What Online Graphic Design Courses Can I Take?

Graphic design degree programs offer a comprehensive curriculum that includes diverse topics. The following are examples of some of the courses that may be found in a graphic design program.

  • Typography: This topic addresses the use of fonts in graphic design. The course may cover subjects such as the history of type; the ways fonts can be used to create a mood or specific message; and how color and fonts are married to tell a visual story.
  • Portfolio development: In order to stand out in the competitive market, it's important for students to learn how to create and manage a portfolio that will get employers' attention and help them land a job. A course in portfolio management might cover areas such as the use of sequencing in a portfolio, how to choose the right pieces of work and creating brand identity.
  • Design history: Students who are interested in gaining a comprehensive understanding of the graphic design industry can take courses in this subject. Design history classes may cover trends such as art nouvea, bauhaus and constructivism.
  • Web design: This course may include information on graphic design theories and strategies, aesthetics, website optimization and the different programs used for web design, such as Adobe Photoshop and Flash.
  • Color theory: One of the building blocks of a graphic designer's aesthetic is the use of color. Students who take a color theory class might learn about different principles and theories, how colors are organized with wheels and spheres, and the use of color in two- and three-dimensional images.

What Skills Are Necessary to Become a Graphic Designer?

Students who earn online graphic design degrees are variety to a combination of technological and communication skills that can prove useful in the industry. The following are a few examples of these skills.

  • Project management: Graphic designers must be able to juggle different elements of a project and ensure it is completed on time. In addition, they may work on multiple projects at the same time, so they need the ability to manage each project from start to finish while making sure each project meets the clients' specifications.
  • Interpersonal: Graphic designers must be able to nurture relationships with their clients, as well as colleagues. The ability to effectively communicate with others is necessary to build and maintain such connections.
  • Computer: Professionals in the graphic design field are required to be proficient in a number of programs, such as Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Visio and Apple Final Cut Pro.
  • Artistic: Although the technological skills that graphic design programs teach are important, there is still a huge aesthetic element to the work. Professionals must harness their artistic eye in order to create designs that clients and consumers find appealing and interesting.

Graphic Design Career Opportunities

Graphic design is holding steady as a career, with little to no change (good or bad) predicted by the BLS all the way through 2024. If you're considering a job in this consistent field, one of the following might be right up your alley:

Art Directors
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$103,510
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
8,000
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
7.4
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
Bachelor's degree

Art directors combine their passion for art with leadership skills to oversee the visual imagery used in magazines, newspapers, product packaging and television or movie productions. They work with artists and other professionals to create the perfect concept for a variety of business and artistic purposes, then determine the best ways to bring that idea to life.

As leaders in their field, art directors are charged with communicating with clients, coordinating design activities among different departments, approving budget details and timelines, and delivering a final product for each client's approval. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, most art directors need previous work experience to go along with a bachelor's degree in art or design.

Multimedia Artists and Animators
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$76,560
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
6,800
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
10.4
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
Bachelor's degree

Multimedia artists and animators use their artistic skills and talents to create powerful and meaningful art used for business purposes and in the entertainment world. Depending on their specialty, they may create two- or three-dimensional models, animation or visual effects used in television, movies, video games and other media. Most often, these professionals rely on computer software programs to assist with their designs.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that a little more than half of multimedia artists and animators were self-employed in 2014. The other half worked mostly in motion picture and video industries and in professional, scientific, and technical services. Those interested in multimedia artists and animator careers should consider completing some freelance or personal projects to buff up their portfolio; an impressive portfolio alongside a bachelor's degree in art or computer graphics makes for a major advantage in this field.

Graphic Designers
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$53,280
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
26,200
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
4.7
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
Bachelor's degree

Graphic designers use their design skills to create unique concepts meant to portray a specific message. The artistic creations built by graphic designers are often used in advertisements, brochures, magazines and presentations. Most graphic designers use computer software to create digital illustrations, then photo-editing software and layout software to perfect their designs. These specialists have created many of the world's most recognizable logos and advertising campaigns, and they've done it all with creative thinking and their own technical skill.

In addition to a bachelor's degree in graphic design or a related field, individuals interested in graphic design careers would be well advised to work on creating a professional portfolio that demonstrates their creativity and skill.

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Graphic design may not be the creative endeavor for everyone. If reading this page made you think it might not be for you, then you might want to consider one of these other programs instead:

 
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