Best Graphic Design Programs Comparison


Graphic design is the art of communication, stylizing, and problem-solving through the use of type, space and image. The field is considered a subset of visual communication and communication design, but sometimes the term "graphic design" is used interchangeably with these due to overlapping skills involved. Graphic designers use various methods to create and combine words, symbols, and images to create a visual representation of ideas and messages. A graphic designer may use a combination of typography, visual arts and page layout techniques to produce a final result. Graphic design often refers to both the process (designing) by which the communication is created and the products (designs) which are generated.(read more at wiki) Here we introduce best colleges in the field of graphic design where Rhode Island School of Design is ranked top and Yale University is positioned on second place.

We briefly compare those top colleges with various factors such as tuition, admission, graduation, enrolment, and more. The full comparison for each factors with tables and charts is described at graphic design colleges comparison page.

General Comparison

First, we compare the best graphic design schools with general characteristics.
Table. Best Graphic Design College Overview
RankNameLocationTypePopulation
1 Rhode Island School of Design Providence, Rhode Island Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 2,386
2 Yale University New Haven, Connecticut Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 11,906
3 Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, Maryland Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 2,282
4 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 11,978
5 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, Virginia Public, Four or more years 31,445
6 Cranbrook Academy of Art Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 154
7 Art Center College of Design Pasadena, California Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 1,869
7 California Institute of the Arts Valencia, California Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 1,441
9 School of Visual Arts New York, New York Private for-profit, Four or more years 4,323
10 The New School New York, New York Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 10,575

Admission and Acceptance Ratio Comparison

In this paragraph, we compare admission considerations between the best schools including applications fees, acceptance ratio, and application requirements.
Table. Best Graphic Design College Admission Comparison
Open AdmissionApplication FeeAcceptance Ratio
Rhode Island School of Design No $ 60 25.4%
(30.2%/23.5%)
Yale University No $ 75 7.7%
(8.6%/7.0%)
Maryland Institute College of Art No $ 60 51.8%
(51.9%/51.8%)
Carnegie Mellon University No $ 70 27.8%
(23.8%/34.4%)
Virginia Commonwealth University No $ 50 64.6%
(65.4%/64.0%)
Cranbrook Academy of Art No $ 0 -
(-/-)
Art Center College of Design No $ 50 81.1%
(74.9%/85.4%)
California Institute of the Arts No $ 70 24.7%
(22.4%/28.1%)
School of Visual Arts No $ 50 73.6%
(66.6%/76.9%)
The New School No $ 50 65.3%
(66.0%/65.0%)

Tuition Costs Comparison

Next, we compare the tuition and other costs at best Graphic Design colleges. Tuition is an amount of money charged to students for instructional services. Tuition may be charged per term, per course, or per credit. In-state tuition rate applies to students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements and out-of-tuition rate is for students who do not meet the ins-state residency requirements.

Table. Best Graphic Design Schools Tuition Comparison
UndergraduateGraduate
In-StateOut-Of-StateIn-StateOut-Of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFeesTuitionFeesTuitionFees
Rhode Island School of Design $ 41,022$ 310$ 41,022$ 310 $ 41,022$ 310$ 41,022$ 310
Yale University $ 42,300$ 0$ 42,300$ 0 $ 35,500$ 0$ 35,500$ 0
Maryland Institute College of Art $ 37,900$ 1,440$ 37,900$ 1,440 $ 37,900$ 1,440$ 37,900$ 1,440
Carnegie Mellon University $ 44,880$ 880$ 44,880$ 880 $ 37,950$ 664$ 37,950$ 664
Virginia Commonwealth University $ 7,943$ 1,942$ 20,456$ 2,554 $ 9,613$ 1,908$ 19,677$ 2,520
Cranbrook Academy of Art ---- $ 29,100$ 2,125$ 29,100$ 2,125
Art Center College of Design $ 35,052$ 500$ 35,052$ 500 $ 37,044$ 500$ 37,044$ 500
California Institute of the Arts $ 38,438$ 576$ 38,438$ 576 $ 38,438$ 576$ 38,438$ 576
School of Visual Arts $ 31,030$ 0$ 31,030$ 0 $ 34,740$ 0$ 34,740$ 0
The New School $ 37,538$ 860$ 37,538$ 860 $ 35,274$ 270$ 35,274$ 270

Grants, Scholarships, and Loans Comparison

This page contains comparison data on the number of full-time, first-time undergraduate students and all undergraduate students who receive different types of student financial aid, including grants and loans, from different sources at each best Graphic Design school.

Full-time student is a student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits , or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. First-time student is a student attending any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level. For full-time and first-time students, the financial aid reports include federal grants, Pell grants, other federal grants, state/local grants, grants from the institution, federal and non-federal student loans.
Table. Best Graphic Design Schools - Full-Time, First-Time Undergraduate Student Financial Aids Comparison Table
Grants or ScholarshipStudent Loan
Number ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage AmountNumber ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage Amount
Rhode Island School of Design 14933%$ 23,784 17539%$ 7,911
Yale University 72354%$ 39,771 1189%$ 4,911
Maryland Institute College of Art 48297%$ 13,703 31664%$ 8,027
Carnegie Mellon University 87361%$ 24,263 66847%$ 7,537
Virginia Commonwealth University 2,24060%$ 9,793 2,57269%$ 6,567
00%$ 0 00%$ 0
Art Center College of Design 8561%$ 14,246 7050%$ 7,579
California Institute of the Arts 9773%$ 13,152 8463%$ 10,537
School of Visual Arts 33452%$ 9,931 38159%$ 11,015
The New School 94789%$ 13,538 50748%$ 8,805

Enrollment Comparison

This paragraph compares the number of students enrolled in best Graphic Designschools. Next table counts total students headcount by school level and attendance status. Undergraduate full-time student is a student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits , or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. For graduate students, it includes students enrolled for 9 or more semester credits, or 9 or more quarter credits, or a student involved in thesis or dissertation preparation that is considered full time by the institution.

Undergraduate part-time student is a student enrolled for either less than 12 semester or quarter credits, or less than 24 contact hours a week each term. For graduate schools, students enrolled for less than 9 semester or quarter credits are included in this table.
Table. Best Graphic Design Schools Enrollment Comparison by School Level/Attendance Status
UndergraduateGraduate
TotalFull-timePart-time Full-timePart-time
Rhode Island School of Design 2,3861,9710 4150
Yale University 11,9065,39312 6,347154
Maryland Institute College of Art 2,2821,809132 224117
Carnegie Mellon University 11,9785,737184 5,159898
Virginia Commonwealth University 31,44519,7853,876 5,1392,645
Cranbrook Academy of Art 15400 1540
Art Center College of Design 1,8691,443214 15755
California Institute of the Arts 1,4419455 4874
School of Visual Arts 4,3233,408264 57279
The New School 10,5755,8771,133 2,4911,074

Graduation Rates Comparison

Next, we compare the graduation rate between best Graphic Design schools. The graduation Rate is calculated as the total number of completers within 150% of normal time divided by the revised cohort minus any allowable exclusions. For example, 6 years rate is applied for 4 year schools. For detail information of your desired school, follow links on the school name.

Next table shows the graduation rate by gender. the numbers in parenthesis means completers over total cohort.
Table. Best Graphic Design Schools Graduation Rates By Gender
AverageMenWomen
Rhode Island School of Design 86.29%
(365 / 423)
85.16%
(109 / 128)
86.78%
(256 / 295)
Yale University 96.19%
(1,263 / 1,313)
95.90%
(632 / 659)
96.48%
(631 / 654)
Maryland Institute College of Art 70.83%
(306 / 432)
68.29%
(84 / 123)
71.84%
(222 / 309)
Carnegie Mellon University 86.77%
(1,233 / 1,421)
84.81%
(737 / 869)
89.86%
(496 / 552)
Virginia Commonwealth University 56.14%
(1,934 / 3,445)
51.54%
(752 / 1,459)
59.52%
(1,182 / 1,986)
Art Center College of Design 69.70%
(46 / 66)
54.17%
(13 / 24)
78.57%
(33 / 42)
California Institute of the Arts 55.13%
(86 / 156)
48.19%
(40 / 83)
63.01%
(46 / 73)
School of Visual Arts 67.93%
(447 / 658)
65.96%
(188 / 285)
69.44%
(259 / 373)
The New School 63.87%
(564 / 883)
60.92%
(159 / 261)
65.11%
(405 / 622)

Student To Fauclty Ratio Comparison

Student-to-faculty ratio is defined as total students not in graduate or professional programs divided by total instructional staff not teaching in graduate or professional programs. The student-to-faculty ratio is applicable only to institutions with undergraduate students. Next two tables compare the student-to-faculty ratio between best schools. For detail information of each school, follow the link on the school name. The ratio is calculated by dividing total number of students by total numbers of faculty. (for example, the ratio is 11.9 % for 131 students and 11 faculty members)
Table. Student to Faculty Ratio
20092010201120122013
Rhode Island School of Design 10.0%10.0% 11.1%11.1% 11.1%
Yale University 16.7%16.7% 16.7%20.0% 16.7%
Maryland Institute College of Art 10.0%10.0% 10.0%10.0% 11.1%
Carnegie Mellon University 9.1%9.1% 8.3%8.3% 7.7%
Virginia Commonwealth University 5.9%5.6% 5.6%5.3% 5.6%
Cranbrook Academy of Art -- -- -
Art Center College of Design 12.5%11.1% 11.1%11.1% 11.1%
California Institute of the Arts 14.3%14.3% 14.3%14.3% 14.3%
School of Visual Arts 11.1%11.1% 11.1%12.5% 12.5%
The New School 11.1%10.0% 11.1%10.0% 10.0%
Once again, we note that the full comparison for each factors with tables and charts is described at graphic design colleges comparison page.

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