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THE 25 BEST FASHION SCHOOLS IN THE WORLD IN 2016

So you've decided to pursue a career in fashion — well done! We might be a bit biased, but we think you made the right choice, and finding the right educational course is the next step. But while there is plenty of information available about the world's top medical schools and law schools and plain old liberal arts schools, choosing the right fashion program can be a little more challenging.

That's why, in 2010, we began ranking the best fashion schools across the globe. We wanted to provide you with a comprehensive snapshot, and to help you figure out which school is right for you by explaining why each of them is worth a look. This year, we shortened our list and made some small tweaks to our methodology. Here's a brief overview of our criteria:

Annual tuition: Art and design schools are generally expensive, although tuition can vary drastically and, at many colleges, it increases each year. The number you see on each college's page does not include room and board and incidentals. While tuition is not the most heavily weighted category on our list of criteria, we did factor the cost into our rankings as it relates to the cost of living in the area where the corresponding school is located.

Famous and successfully placed alumni: Famous alumni are something that we consider, yes, but we also reward schools with great placement rates. Just because a school hasn’t produced a marquee name (yet) doesn’t mean it isn’t good. Every single one of these schools has placed students in major fashion houses, commercial labels and other important fashion businesses. Behind every Alber Elbaz, Nicolas Ghesquiere and Alexander Wang is a talented support staff helping to ensure everything runs smoothly. And getting paid good money to do it.

Student and alumni feedback: We surveyed thousands of past and present students about their experiences at each school.

Other measurements: We also considered the quality of the faculty, the practical and business training on offer, social life, career counseling and financial aid options.

Also of note: We spend hours upon hours researching and reporting on these schools — each school name below links to a page detailing our findings. No list is entirely scientific, but it is objective. Keep this in mind if you don’t see your favorite school here or disagree with the ranking your alma mater received.

1. Central Saint Martins (London, UK)
2. London College of Fashion (London, UK)
3. Parsons, the New School for Design (New York, USA)
4. Istituto Marangoni (Milan, Italy)
5. Kingston University (London, UK)
6. Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp, Belgium)
7. Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, USA)
8. Bunka Fashion College (Tokyo, Japan)
9. Shenkar College of Engineering and Design (Ramat Gan, Israel)
10. Royal College of Art (London, UK)
11. ESMOD (Paris, France)
12. Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
13. École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne (Paris, France)
14. University of Westminster (London, UK)
15. Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (Los Angeles, California, USA)
16. Studio Berçot (Paris, France)
17. Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
18. Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
19. Polimoda (Florence, Italy)
20. Ravensbourne (London, UK)
21. RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia)
22. Tafe Institute of Technology (Sydney, Australia)
23. Kent State University (Kent, Ohio, USA)
24. Academy of Art University (San Francisco, California, USA)
25. Ryerson University (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)


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Solar-powered drone Skystation sits atop Trump World Tower in New York

Kayak architects wants to change how we get around cities – so they’ve developed a solar-powered Skystation to transform the roofs of skyscrapers into air travel hubs. To illustrate how it would work, the designers envisioned a drone Skystation on Trump World Tower in New York City.

The Skystation project aims to convert skyscraper rooftops into air transport hubs with a low ecological footprint. This futuristic transportation network should reduce pollution by eliminating rush-hour traffic and decreasing number of land vehicles, enabling us to turn unused roads into walkable, green spaces.

Drone robots programmed or operated by humans would build these lightweight structures out of prefabricated and 3d-printed elements, using materials and components produced by local companies. A layer of sprayed Perovskite Solar Cells covers the outer shell, providing clean energy for the entire station.

Arched roofs are meant to allow easier and more convenient landing for drones, simultaneously creating distinct architecture that dominates the city skyline. An existing art gallery, located underneath the drone platform, is transformed and integrated with the new lobby to give users the opportunity to experience art while waiting for the transport. This space can also function as a restaurant, entertainment area or lounge. Kayak Architects designed the project as a proposal for the Lafarge Holcim Competition.
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Top 50 Animation Schools and Colleges in the U.S. – 2016

Our 2016 list of the Top 50 Animation School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California (top 1% of schools considered)

Established in 1961 by Walt and Roy Disney, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is the nation's first postsecondary institution to offer graduate and undergraduate degrees in both the visual and performing arts. With a population of 1,489 students enrolled in more than 70 programs at all degree levels, CalArts attracts a large population of aspiring filmmakers and animators. Around 26.9% of the student body is enrolled in the School of Film/Video, which offers BFA degrees in Character Animation and Experimental Animation. An MFA in Experimental Animation is also available.

Dubbed the “Harvard Business School of Animation” by the Los Angeles Times, CalArts has produced hundreds of successful alumni who have generated more than $26 billion in box office grosses since 1985.

2. Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida (top 1% of schools considered)

Ringling College of Art and Design (RCAD) was established in 1931 by circus baron, art collector, and real estate developer John Ringling. The school opened with 111 courses and just 75 students. Today, RCAD sits on a 35-acre campus and is home to 1,300 degree-seeking students with 94% enrolled full-time, and 6% enrolled part-time. The school offers BA and BFA degree programs in 13 majors. The Computer Animation program, which was established in 1990, leads to a BFA and it is one of the most popular programs at RCAD. Around 20% of the student population is enrolled in the program.

RCAD graduates go on to work at studios such as Pixar Animation Studios, LucasFilm, Warner Bros. and MTV. Some have started their own studios. Moonbot Studios is just one example.

3. Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia (top 5% of schools considered)

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) was founded in 1978. It is home to more than 12,000 students enrolled in over 40 majors and 60-plus minors. With campuses in Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong, and Lacoste, France, SCAD offers several programs for aspiring animators through the School of Digital Media. Options include BFA (Atlanta, Hong Kong, Savannah), MA Savannah, eLearning), and MFA (Atlanta, Savannah, eLearning) degrees in Animation. A Minor in Animation is also on the menu.

Graduates of SCAD’s animation programs have landed positions at major studios such as Walt Disney Animation Studios, Digital Domain, and Bento Box Entertainment.

4. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California (top 5% of schools considered)

Established in 1880, the University of Southern California (USC) is home to 43,000 students enrolled in more than 200 undergraduate programs, 300-plus graduate programs, and more than 150 minors. Program offerings for aspiring animators include a BA in Animation and Digital Arts and a BFA in Film and Television Production with heavy Animation and Interactive Media electives. The BA program is offered through The John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts at the School of Cinematic Arts. The BFA is offered through the Division of Film and Television Production of the School of Cinematic Arts.

USC also offers a Minor in Animation and Digital Arts along with several graduate programs for animators including an MFA in Animation and Digital Arts and an MFA in Interactive Media with heavy Animation electives. Graduates of the Animation programs at USC have been hired at Pixar Animation Studios, Rhythm and Hues, Industrial Light & Magic, DreamWorks Animation, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Sony Pictures, Digital Idea, Illumination Entertainment, Digital Domain and many others.

5. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island (top 5% of schools considered)

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is home to 2,481 students from across the U.S. and 57 other countries. This private art school offers 16 undergraduate and 16 graduate art and design programs. Founded in 1877, RISD has a large Film/Animation/Video Department (FAV) that highlights a variety of programs for aspiring filmmakers and animators. Offerings for animators include a BFA in Film/Animation/Video (BFA FAV). This program is listed among RISD’s top five most popular majors.

RISD boast famous alumni such as Seth Macfarlane, creator of Family Guy, Daniel Sousa, animator and director of the Oscar-nominated film Feral and Lance Wilder, animator for The Simpsons.

6. School of Visual Arts, New York, New York (top 5% of schools considered)

Founded in 1947 as “Cartoonists and Illustrators School,” School of Visual Arts (SVA) is home to 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and has 35,000 alumni in 100 countries. With more than 30 program offerings for aspiring artists, SVA offers BFA degrees in Animation, Computer Art, and Computer Animation and Visual Effects. An MFA in Computer Art is also on the menu as well as a BFA in Cartooning and Continuing Education (CE) Animation courses.

SVA animation graduates can be found working at Sony ImageWorks, Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Curious Pictures, DreamWorks Animation, Blue Sky Studios, Marvel Entertainment, MTV, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and many others.

7. University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California (top 5% of schools considered)

The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) is home to the Animation Workshop of the School of Theater, Film and Television. Founded in 1948 by William Shull, a Disney animator, the UCLA Animation Workshop is a three-year MFA program (MFA in Film, Television, and Digital Media) that accepts just 12 new students each year.

Students applying to the MFA program come from a variety of backgrounds; some have earned a BA or BFA in art or film studies, applicants also come from English, engineering, architecture, psychology, communications, and more. Animation graduates have landed positions at Pixar Animation Studios, and every major animation studio in Southern California; they have gone on to direct features such as The Simpsons Movie and Monster House and have directed with Tim Burton producing (the feature film 9).

UCLA also offers a BA in Film Television and Digital Media with a Concentration in Animation for senior students. The BA program gives students the opportunity to study all facets of digital media, film, and television, as well as a full year of animation studies, followed by an internship.

Founded in 1919 as the Southern Branch of the University of California, UCLA is home to 43,239 students from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries. The school offers 323 degree programs and majors through the College of Letters and Science, the university’s 11 professional schools, and more than 109 academic departments.

8. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York (top 5% of schools considered)

Founded in 1887, Pratt institute is home to 4,617 students. The school offers 22 undergraduate degree programs, 26 graduate degree programs, and a variety of Certificate and Minor programs across five schools and The Center for Continuing and Professional Studies. The Pratt Institute School of Art offers a BFA in Digital Arts with Concentrations in 3-D Animation and Motion Arts, and 2-D Animation. The School also offers an MFA degree in Digital Animation and Motion Arts.

Pratt Institute School of Art alumni can be found working at major studios such as Walt Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks Studios, Digital Domain, Rhythm and Hues, Curious Pictures, Sony Imageworks, Cartoon Network, and many others.

9. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (top 5% of schools considered)

Founded in 1900, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is home to 13,650 students, enrolled in more than 100 programs across seven colleges. The College of Fine Art, School of Art offers a BFA in Electronic and Time-Based Media with a Focus in Animation and a Bachelor’s in Integrative Design, Arts and Technology (IDeATe) with a Concentration in Animation and Special Effects. According to CMU, “the Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network connects students and faculty from across the university through coursework and collaborative studio experiences.” It allows students from every college to take minors or concentrations in Animation, Special Effects, Game Design, and more.

In addition to the programs listed, the College of Fine Art, School of Art at CMU offers supportive courses that serve “to enrich the student experience in IDeATe.” Offerings include Advanced ETB: 2D Animation, Advanced ETB: Animation, Advanced ETB: Moving Image Magic: Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, and Animation, Art, and Technology. The school’s interdisciplinary programs combine art school and computer science.

10. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (top 5% of schools considered)

Founded in 1866 as the Chicago Academy of Design, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is one of the oldest accredited independent schools of art and design in the country. Home to 3,590 students enrolled in more than 25 programs, SAIC offers several programs for aspiring animators through its Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Department (FVNMA). Options include a BFA or MFA in Studio with a Concentration Animation, and a Certificate in Studio.

11. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah (top 10% of schools considered)

Brigham Young University (BYU) is home to the Center for Animation, which operates under the direction of the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology, the College of Fine Arts and Communications, and the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. The Center showcases student films, spotlights successful alumni, publishes award announcements, and manages the Animation Emphasis for BS in Computer Science students. The school also offers a BFA in Animation.

Founded in 1875 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), Brigham Young University is home to 29,672 undergraduate students enrolled in 100-plus programs across more than a dozen colleges and departments.

12. New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York (top 10% of schools considered)

Founded in 1965, Tisch School of the Arts is part of New York University (NYU) and it is home to the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television. The Institute offers a BA in Film and Television with an Animation Core in Production. An MFA in Animation and Digital Arts is also on the menu, and it is offered at Tisch Asia.

The animation program, which was established in 1979, began with three classes: Art & Design, Animation I, and Animation II. For the 1980-1981 academic year, the program was home to 80 students enrolled in five classes. In 2013, the program enrolled 461 students, and the current Animation curriculum consists of nearly twenty different classes. Graduates of the Animation program at Tisch have landed jobs at Pixar, DreamWorks, Walt Disney Animation Studios and many others.

13. Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Hollywood, California (top 10% of schools considered)

Established in 1997, Gnomon School of Visual Effects is home to more than 100 students enrolled in variety of computer graphics classes and programs. Offerings for aspiring animators include several intensive training programs leading to a Certificate. Programs include Entertainment Design (One-Year Track), Digital Production for Entertainment (Two-Year Program), Entertainment Design and Digital Production (Three-Year Program), and Maya Fast Track (10-Week Program). Gnomon also offers a variety of onlionline courses ranging from Character Animation to Games Tools and Techniques.

Many Gnomon graduates have landed positions at some of the world’s top studios. A few include Walt Disney Animation Studios, Industrial Light & Magic, DreamWorks, Digital Domain, Blizzard Entertainment, Reel FX, Electronic Arts, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Nickelodeon Animation, Rhythm & Hues, and Marvel Entertainment.

14. The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (top 10% of schools considered)

The Ohio State University (OSU) was established in 1870. It is home to 65,184 students enrolled in more than 200 majors, specializations and minors across more than a dozen colleges and schools. The College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art offers interdisciplinary three-year MFA and four-year BFA programs in Art with an Emphasis Art and Technology. The Art and Technology emphasis allows students to study 3D Modeling and Animation, Art Games, Digital Imaging, Internet Art and more.

15. Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York (top 10% of schools considered)

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) was founded in 1885 as Mechanics Institute. The school’s first class was mechanical drawing and more than 400 students enrolled at the school. Today, RIT is home to 18,606 students majoring in everything from Art and Design to Urban Community Studies. RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (CIAS) is home to the School of Film and Animation (SOFA), which offers BFA and MFA degrees in Film and Animation.

Graduates of RIT’s animation programs have found employment at top studios such as DreamWorks, Blue Sky Studios, Industrial Light and Magic, Rhythm and Hues Studios, Disney Animation Studios, Nickelodeon, and Electronic Arts.

16. DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois (top 10% of schools considered)

Established in 1898, DePaul University is the nation’s largest Catholic University. it is home to 23,539 students enrolled in more than 300 programs of study across 10 colleges and schools. The College of Computing and Digital Media, which enrolls 4,651 students, offers animation programs at all degree levels. Undergraduate offerings include a BA and BFA in Animation. Graduate offerings include MA and MFA degrees in Animation. A Minor in Animation is also available.

In addition to a variety of animation programs, DePaul University offers a Game, Cinema and Animation Summer Academy for future animation students. According to the Academy, the weeklong program features “hands-on instruction using the latest equipment and technology.” Academy participants have the opportunity to focus on 3D Computer Modeling and Animation for Games and Cinema, Computer Game Development, and Digital Cinema Production.

Animation students also have the opportunity to gain experience through the school’s internship program. Students have worked with Walt Disney Animation Studios, WMS Gaming, Arc Worldwide/Leo Burnett, and Richter Studios.

17. Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California (top 10% of schools considered)

Academy of Art University was established in 1929. It had a 2015 Fall enrollment of 8,813 students and it offers dozens of Art, Design, Fashion, and Architecture programs. Degrees are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and many programs are available entirely online. The Department of Animation and Visual effects offers BFA and MFA degrees in Animation and Visual Effects. BFA emphasis areas include Storyboarding, 3D Animation, 3D Modeling, Traditional Animation, and Visual Effects. The Department also offers an Online Award of Completion (OAC) and a Certificate in Animation and Visual Effects.

Graduates of Academy of Art University have landed positions at Blizzard Entertainment, Disney Interactive, DreamWorks Animation, Electronic Arts, Lucasfilm, Pixar Animation Studios, and Sony Computer Entertainment America, NBCUniversal, Google, and CBS Interactive.

18. Digipen Institute of Technology, Redmond, Washington (top 10% of schools considered)

DigiPen Institute of Technology was founded in 1988. It is home to around 1,072 students from all 50 states and 45 countries. Digipen offers 10 graduate and undergraduate programs in the areas of Art, Design, and Computer Science. Offerings for aspiring animators include a BFA in Digital Art and Animation. This program is also available at DigiPen Institute of Technology Europe – Bilbao, which was established in 2011.

Graduates of Digipen can be found working at studios such as Blizzard Entertainment, Sony Online Entertainment, Microsoft, Disney Online, Activision, Electronic Arts, and Snowblind Studios.

19. Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida (top 10% of schools considered)

Full Sail University was established in 1979. It offers dozens of degree programs in the areas of Entertainment, Media and the Arts. Home to 18,000 students from 50 states and 73 countries, Full Sail University awards Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Associate degrees as well as Graduate Certificates. Offerings for aspiring animators include a BS in Computer Animation. This program is offered through Full Sail’s Art School and it is available online and on campus.

20. Animation Mentor, Emeryville, California (top 10% of schools considered)

Animation Mentor-The Online Animation School was founded in 2005. The Animation Mentor Community consists of 5,500 students and alumni in more than 105 countries around the world. The school offers a variety of immersive animation programs and workshops. Offerings include a variety of intensive training programs such as Character Animation, which leads to a Certificate of Completion, several 12-week workshops including Creature Animation: Locomotion; Creature Animation: Fight or Flight, and Maya Workshop: Animation Basics, and the six-week Animation Feedback, Storyboarding, and Cartoony Animation for 3D Animators Programs.

Graduates of Animation Mentor have worked on award-winning features such as Frozen, Inside Out, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, and many others. They are also routinely hired by major studios such as Pixar, DreamWorks, Industrial Light & Magic, and Laika Entertainment.

21. Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas (top 15% of schools considered)

Texas A&M University is the state’s first public institution of higher learning. Established in 1876, the school is home 59,000 students enrolled in nearly 400 bachelors’, masters, doctoral, and first professional degree programs across 16 colleges and schools. The College of Architecture offers programs for animators at all degree levels and broadly defines animation within “Visualization.” Options include BS, MS, and MFA degrees in Visualization. These interdisciplinary programs prepare students to work in animation, technical animation, illustration, and other areas.

22. ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, California (top 15% of schools considered)

Founded in 1930, ArtCenter College of Design is home to approximately 1,900 students enrolled in 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in the areas of Visual and Applied Arts and Industrial Design. The school also offers a joint MS/MBA program with the Drucker-Ito School of Management. Programs for aspiring animators include Fine Arts (Entertainment Design) with a Track in Character Animation. The program, which also offers a Track in Concept Design, leads to a BS in Entertainment Design.

ArtCenter faculty consists of professionals working at major studios such as DreamWorks, Blue, and Walt Disney Animation Studios. They help prepare students for “career opportunities as performance and action animators with companies such as Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, ILM, Sony, Blur, 343 and Riot,” says the school.

23. Parsons The New School for Design, New York, New York (top 15% of schools considered)

Founded in 1896, Parsons The New School for Design is home to more than 5,000 students enrolled in 27 undergraduate, graduate, and associate degree programs. Parsons houses five schools, including the School of Art and Design History and Theory, the School of Art, Media, and Technology, the School of Constructed Environments, the School of Design Strategies, and the School of Fashion.

The School of Art, Media, and Technology, offers several degree programs for aspiring animators. Offerings include BFA and MFA degrees in Design and Technology, and a BFA in Communication Design. All programs allow students to study 2D and 3D Animation and Motion Graphics. Another program worth mentioning is the BFA in Illustration, which also allows students to study Animation and Motion Graphics.

24. Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (top 15% of schools considered)

Columbia College was established in 1890, and it is home to more than 10,000 students enrolled in 100-plus academic majors or programs. The School of Media Arts is home to the Cinema Art + Science Department, which offers a variety of programs for aspiring animators. The school lists the following options: BFA in Computer Animation and Traditional Animation, BA in Cinema Art + Science with an Animation focus, BA in Game Art, BFA in Illustration, and an Animation Minor.

25. California College of the Arts, San Francisco and Oakland, California (top 15% of schools considered)

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is home to nearly 2,000 students enrolled in 21 undergraduate and 13 graduate degree programs. The Animation Department is home to the fourth largest major at CCA—the BFA in Animation. Graduates of the program have landed positions at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, and others.

26. The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School (DAVE School), Orlando, Florida (top 15% of schools considered)

The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School (Dave School) is a 35,000 square foot facility located on the backlot of Universal Studios Florida, Soundstage 25. The school offers intensive and “comprehensive training” in 3D Modeling, 3D Animation, 3D Visual Effects, and Game Production. Programs for aspiring animators include a Certificate in Visual Effects Production and Game Production. The 12-month 3D Visual Effects program covers Animation Fundamentals, Modeling & Sculpting, Visual Effects and Studio Production. The 15-month Game Production program also covers Animation Fundamentals and Digital Modeling and Sculpting.

DAVE school graduates have worked on major productions such as Terminator Genisys, Jurassic World, Captain America, The Hobbit, and Godzilla.

27. Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland (top 15% of schools considered)

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest degree-granting college of art in the nation. Founded in 1826 and home to 1,863 undergraduate and 306 graduate students, MICA offers more than 80 programs leading to the BFA, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, and a variety of post-baccalaureate Certificate programs. Programs for aspiring animators include a BFA in Animation with three paths including Traditional Narrative/2D, Stop-Motion, and 3D Animation. The school also offers and an integrated BFA degree in Animation and Humanistic Studies.

In addition to animation studies, students in this degree program will study philosophy and ethics, social and natural sciences, and social and political history.

28. Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, California (top 15% of schools considered)

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) was established in 1961 as the “Laguna Beach School of Art.” Home to just under 500 students, LCAD offers five undergraduate majors and three graduate programs. Programs for aspiring animators include a BFA in Animation. The BFA program provides the opportunity for students to participate in master class workshops each summer where they learn from leaders in the field. Each year, LCAD also hosts the LCAD Animation Film Festival that “showcases the best work from all levels of (the schools) animation artists.”

LCAD Animation graduates have worked for a number of major studios including Cartoon Network, Disney, DreamWorks, Fox, Nickelodeon, Obsidian Entertainment, Pixar, Renegade Animation, Sony, South Park Studios, Titmouse, and Zynga.

29. Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California (top 15% of schools considered)

Established in 1911, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is home to 9,295 students enrolled in more than 160 programs across seven colleges and schools. The School of Film and Television is home to LMUs Animation Program. In addition to liberal arts courses, the cross-disciplinary BA in Animation highlights coursework in 2D and 3D, Visual Effects, Stop-Motion, Experimental Animation, and Game Design. The School of Film and Television also offers an Animation Minor that is available to all students.

30. University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida (top 15% of schools considered)

Established in 1963 and home to approximately 60,810 students, the University of Central Florida (UCF) is the nation’s second-largest university. One of the nation’s youngest universities, UCF offers more than 200 programs across 13 colleges. The College of Arts and Humanities is home to the School of Visual Arts & Design (SVAD), which offers a number of degree programs for aspiring animators.

31. Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio (top 20% of schools considered)

Established in 1879, Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) is home to more than 1,300 students from 40 states and 35 countries. The school offers Animation, Advertising & Graphic Design, Cinematic Arts, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Photography majors. The Animation program, leads to a BA in 2D or 3D Animation. Concentrations include Animation/Experimental and Animation/Game. An MFA program is also on the menu as well as a Minor in Animation (2D or 3D). Students in the MFA program have executed individual projects from animation and video to interactive design and illustration.

32. Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California (top 20% of schools considered)

Otis College of Art and Design (OTIS) was established in 1918 by the founder and publisher of the Los Angeles Times—General Harrison Gray Otis. Home to 1,140 students, OTIS offers more than a dozen interdisciplinary art and design programs from Animation and Motion Design to Graphic Design and Illustration. Specific programs for aspiring animators include a BA in Digital Media with an Animation Major and a Digital Media Arts Certificate with a Specialization Track in Animation. OTIS graduates have gone on to become “design stars” at major companies and studios such as at Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Disney, and Apple.

33. Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, Minnesota (top 20% of schools considered)

Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) was established in 1886. It is home to 800 students enrolled in 20-plus programs across several departments. The Animation Department offers a BFA in Animation. The program covers Stop Motion (e.g. Claymation) and Hand-drawn 2D Techniques. Another option is the BFA in Comic Art and the MFA. Graduates of the MFA program typically pursue creative work in the fields of Animation, Comic Arts, Interactive Media, Illustration, and others.

34. Woodbury University, Burbank, California (top 20% of schools considered)

Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California. The school has campuses in Burbank and San Diego, and it is home to 1,552 students enrolled in more than 20 programs across three schools including the School of Architecture, the School of Business, and the School of Media, Culture & Design. The School of Media, Culture & Design “promotes cross-disciplinarity as a core attribute of the school.” This means Animation BFA students may study in other areas such as Game Art & Design, Media Technology, Filmmaking and others. In addition to the opportunity to study other disciplines, animation students may participate in Woodbury’s Animation Club, which hosts events, speakers, exhibitions, and more.

35. Chapman University, Orange, California (top 20% of schools considered)

Founded in 1861 as Hesperian College, Chapman University is home to 7,570 students from 49 states and more than 60 different countries. Chapman offers 100-plus programs across nine colleges and schools. The Dodge College of Film and Media Arts offers a wide range of programs for aspiring filmmakers and other artists. Offerings for aspiring animators include a BFA and a Minor in Digital Arts. According the College, Digital Arts students have the chance to develop, design, and produce their own projects as well as contribute animation or visual effects to fellow students. Students also have the opportunity to intern at some of the world’s top studios. Past students have interned at Blizzard Entertainment, Cartoon Network, Digital Domain, LeapFrog, Nickelodeon, Sony Pictures Entertainment/Imageworks, Third Floor Previz, Titmouse, and many more!

36. California State University-Long Beach, Long Beach, California (top 20% of schools considered)

California State University Long Beach (CSULB) was established in 1949. The school is home to 37,430 students enrolled in more than 300 programs across eight colleges. The College of the Arts houses the School of Art which offers a BFA in Studio with two tracks—Animation and Illustration. According to the School of Art, “students are able to take courses in both tracks, and work together in (the schools) digital lab, in addition to learning traditional skills.” An MFA/MA degree is also on the menu. It is "designed with a dual emphasis on tailoring programs of study to individual students while fostering shared experience among a community of students.”

Also part of the College of Arts is the Department of Film & Electronic Arts. The Department offers another option for aspiring animators—a BA in Film and Electronic Arts. The program features heavy animation coursework including 3D Computer Animation, History of Animation, Digital Arts Production (Visual Effects, Computer Animation, Interactive Media), and others.

37. Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Massachusetts (top 20% of schools considered)

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) was founded in 1873 as a training institution for aspiring drawing teachers, architects, artists, and designers. Today, MassArt offers more than 20 undergraduate art programs, nearly a dozen graduate programs, and around seven certificate programs to a population of around 2,000 students. The Animation Department offers a BFA in Animation that gives students the opportunity to engage in a variety of conventional and experimental techniques. Students will study Documentary Animation, Digitally Generated Animation, Character Animation, Stop Motion, Experimental Video, and Emerging Technologies.

38. Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio (top 20% of schools considered)

Founded in 1910, Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is home 19,000 students, including 2,500 at BGSU Firelands in Huron, Ohio. The school offers more than 200 undergraduate majors and programs on the main campus and 22 at BGSU Firelands. Among the school’s nine colleges is the College of Arts and Sciences, home of the School of Art. The School houses the BGSU Digital Arts program, which offers more than 150 majors.

Undergraduate programs for aspiring animators include a BFA in Digital Arts and a BA in Art with a Digital Arts Specialization with three Focus Areas—Computer Animation & Video, Imaging, and Interactive Multimedia. Graduate programs include an MFA in Art with a Major in Digital Arts (Computer Animation, Digital Imaging, and Interactive Media). According to the School of Art, the MFA program is an “intensive, 60-credit studio degree designed to prepare students to become both professional artists in industry and university-level instructors while developing their own studio practice.

39. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (top 20% of schools considered)

Founded in 1740, the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) is home to nearly 25,000 students enrolled in more than 400 programs across 16 schools. The School of Engineering and Applied Science is home to the Digital Media Design program. Created in 1998, the program is interdisciplinary and leads to a Bachelors in Engineering and Science (BSE) with a Digital Media Design Major (DMD).

According to the School, the BSE DMD “was designed for students who have an interest in computer graphics, animation, games, and the design of virtual reality environments and interactive technologies.” A Digital Media Design (DMD) Minor, and a PhD in Human Modeling and Simulation (HMS PhD) are also on the menu.

The BSE DMD program produces graduates that go on the work at major studios and other companies. The largest employers of UPenn BSE DMD graduates are Disney Animation, DreamWorks Animation, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Pixar, and Zynga Games.

40. Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina (top 20% of schools considered)

Clemson University was established in 1889 as Clemson Agricultural College. It is home to 22,104 students enrolled in more than 80 undergraduate majors and 110-plus graduate degree programs across five colleges and a graduate school. The College of Engineering and Science offers several programs for aspiring animators including an MFA in Digital Production Arts (MFA DPA) and a Minor in DPA. The DPA program highlights Animation, 3D Modeling, Compositing, FX, Lighting, Rigging, and Simulation.

Graduates of Clemson’s DPA programs have worked on films such as Frozen, Hobbit, Rio, How to Train Your Dragon, and The Croods. Many have been hired by Blue Sky Studios, DreamWorks, EA, Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, NVIDIA, RedStorm, ReelFX, and Sony Pictures Imageworks.

41. San Jose State University, San Jose, California (top 25% of schools considered)

Founded in 1857, San Jose State University (SJSU) is a public university that sits on a 154-acre campus in downtown San Jose. The school is home to more than 30,000 students enrolled in 145 areas of study, with an additional 108 concentrations, across eight colleges. The College of Humanities and the Arts, Department of Design offers a BFA in Animation/Illustration.

Graduates of the program have worked on films from A Bug’s Life and Finding Nemo to Monsters, Inc. and Shrek, and they have been hired at more than 135 animation studios, game design companies, film studios, and academic institutions. Just a few include 20th Century Fox, Animation Mentor, Blue Sky Studios, Blizzard Entertainment, Cartoon Network, Cogswell Institute, Disney Interactive, Electronic Arts, Lucasfilm Animation, NBC-Universal Studios, Nickelodeon, Pixar, Sony/Columbia, The Art Institute of Las Vegas, Walt Disney Animation, and Zynga.

42. California State University-Fullerton, Fullerton, California (top 25% of schools considered)

Established in 1957, California State University Fullerton (Cal State Fullerton) is home to nearly 39,000 students enrolled in 107 degree programs across eight colleges. The College of Arts, Department of Visual Arts offers more than a dozen graduate and undergraduate programs for artists. Programs for aspiring animators include a BFA in Art with an Entertainment Art/Animation Concentration.

The Entertainment Art/Animation area has a partnership with Nickelodeon Animation Studios to develop educational opportunities to further the career goals of its students. In addition to Nickelodeon, graduates of the program are working or animating for Cartoon Network, Disney Feature Animation, Disney TV Animation, Electronic Arts, Lucas Films, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Sony Games, to name a few. Students have worked on productions such as Spiderman 3, Superman Returns, Alvin and The Chipmunks, Ice Age 2, The Simpsons, Avatar, SpongeBob Squarepants, and many others.

43. California State University-Northridge, Northridge, California (top 25% of schools considered)

California State University Northridge (CSUN) was founded in 1958. It is home to 40,131 students enrolled in more than 140 programs across nine colleges. The Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication houses the Department of Art, which offers several programs for aspiring animators. Program offerings include BA and MA degrees in Visual Arts. Both programs offer a Concentration in Animation and the opportunity to intern with Disney, DreamWorks, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, Film Roman, and other major studios.

44. Purdue University – Purdue Polytechnic Institute, West Lafayette, Indiana (top 25% of schools considered)

Purdue University was established in 1869. It is home to 39,409 students enrolled in more than 200 majors across 10 academic colleges and schools. The College of Technology offers a BS in Computer Graphics Technology, which has expanded into eight areas of interest. Among them is Animation. An MS in Computer Graphics Technology is also on the menu as well as 5-Year BS/MS in Computer Graphics Technology.

Graduates of the Animation programs “work primarily in the animated film and video game industries,” says the school. A number of alumni have been part of the creative teams behind 2014 Oscar winner Big Hero 6 and 2014 Golden Globe winner How to Train Your Dragon 2, while others have gone on to work for educational software companies and in forensics animation and advertising.

45. University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (top 25% of schools considered)

The University of the Arts (UArts) is the nation’s only comprehensive arts university. The school, which traces its roots as a national leader in educating creative individuals back to 1868, is home to around 1,900 students enrolled in 41 undergraduate and graduate programs through the College of Art, Media and Design, the College of Performing Arts, and the Division of Liberal Arts. The College of Art, Media and Design houses the School of Film, which offers several programs for aspiring animators. Offerings include a BFA in Animation, a BFA in Film + Animation, and a Minor in Animation.

All animation students have access to international opportunities such as study abroad, festivals and workshops in countries such as Canada, France, and South Korea.

46. Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts (top 25% of schools considered)

Established in 1880, Emerson College is home to around 4,450 students from across the U.S. and more than 30 countries. The school offers more than 50 programs leading to a BA, BS, BFA, MS, MA, or MFA degree. The School of the Arts, Department of Visual & Media Arts offers both BA and BFA degrees in Visual and Media Arts with a Specialization in Animation and Motion Media. The Department also offers an MFA in Media Art. The MFA program includes the following areas of study for aspiring animators: Computer Animation, Interactive Art, and Experimental Media.

Recent graduates of the Department of Visual & Media Arts have found employment at Soup2Nuts, Hallmark Channel, SCG Productions, World Wide Pants, Digital Domain, Fox Searchlight, MAD TV, MGM Studios, Bunim-Murray Productions, and many others.

47. University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida (top 25% of schools considered)

Established in 1956, the University of South Florida (USF) is home to more than 48,000 students enrolled in more than 220 programs across 14 colleges and three campuses including Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee, Florida. The College of the Arts, School of Art and Art History offers several programs for aspiring animators. Options include BA and BFA degrees in Studio Art with a Focus in Video, Animation, and Digital Arts.

48. University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas (top 25% of schools considered)

The University of Texas-Dallas (UT Dallas) was established as a member of the University of Texas System in 1969. The school is home to 24,554 students enrolled in 130 academic programs across seven schools. The School of Arts and Humanities houses the Department of Arts and Technology (ATEC), which is home to more than 1,100 students. Interdisciplinary program offerings for aspiring animators include a BA in Arts and Technology (BA ATEC), an MA in Arts and Technology (MA ATEC), an MFA in Arts and Technology (MFA ATEC), and a PhD in Arts and Technology (PhD ATEC).

ATEC students have the opportunity to choose electives in more than one area. Just a few options for animators include Animation Studio, Animation Production Lab, Virtual Environments, Motion Capture, Modeling and Simulation, and Special Topics in Animation. Animators interested in games and animation might add courses such as Game Design, Game Production Lab, Game Pipeline Methodologies, Serious Games, or Educational Games, to name a few.

49. Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York (top 25% of schools considered)

Founded in 1870, Syracuse University (SU) is home to approximately 21,789 students from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. The school offers more than 400 programs across 12 colleges and schools and a graduate school. The College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), Department of Transmedia offers several programs for aspiring animators. Offerings include a BFA in Computer Art and Animation, an MFA in Computer Art, and a Minor in Animation. According to VPA, the MFA program is “an artistic research and development program situated in the context of technology” where students “are encouraged to develop a diverse set of practices within computer art.”

Graduates of the Computer Art and Animation Program work at some of the world’s top animation studios and visual effects companies. Just a few include Pixar, Rhythm and Hues, Industrial Light and Magic, LucasArts, Blizzard, Tippett Studios, Motion Picture Company, and Sony Pictures Imageworks. Graduates have also presented their work at galleries and media art festivals internationally.

50. Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, Colorado (top 25% of schools considered)

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD) was founded in 1936. This art and design school is home to more than 1,100 on-campus and online students enrolled in 16 Bachelor’s Masters, and Certificate programs. More than 100 students are enrolled in the schools animation programs. Offerings include a BFA in Animation and Certificates in 3D Animation: Pre-Production and 3D Animation: Character Animation. Certificate-level programs are 18 credit hours.

Fine Arts. Ranked in 2016
For artists, earning an M.F.A. demonstrates advanced abilities in an art specialty field, such as graphic design, painting and drawing, or visual communications. These are the top graduate schools for fine arts. Each school's score reflects its average rating on a scale from 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding), based on a survey of academics at peer institutions

Rank School name Score

#1 Yale University New Haven, CT 4.6

#2 Tie
University of California—​Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 4.4
#2 Tie
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA 4.4

#4 Tie
Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI 4.3

#4Tie
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL 4.3

#6 Tie
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 4.2

#6Tie
Columbia University New York, NY 4.2

#6 Tie
Cranbrook Academy of Art Bloomfield Hills, MI 4.2

#9 Tie
Alfred University—​New York State College of Ceramics Alfred, NY 4.1

#9 Tie
California Institute of the Arts Valencia, CA 4.1

#9 Tie
Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, MD 4.1

#12
Washington University in St. Louis Saint Louis, MO 4.0

#13 Tie
Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 3.9

#13 Tie
University of California—​San Diego La Jolla, CA 3.9

#15 Tie
California College of the Arts San Francisco, CA 3.8

#15Tie
Pratt Institute Brooklyn, NY3.8

#15 Tie
Stanford University Stanford, CA 3.8

#15 Tie
Temple University Philadelphia, PA 3.8

#15 Tie
University of Wisconsin—​Madison Madison, WI 3.8

#20 Tie
Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 3.7

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Tie
Art Center College of Design Pasadena, CA 3.7

#20 Tie
CUNY—​Hunter College New York, NY 3.7

#20 Tie
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—​New Brunswick
New Brunswick, NJ 3.7

#20 Tie
School of Visual Arts New York, NY 3.7

#20 Tie
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 3.7


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America's Best Architecture & Design Schools 2016

For more than 15 years, “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” from DesignIntelligence has been the definitive school ranking in four key disciplines: architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and industrial design.
The America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools survey is conducted annually by DesignIntelligence on behalf of the Design Futures Council. The research ranks undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of leading practitioners. The 16th annual survey was conducted in mid-2015.
Selected professional practice leaders with direct experience hiring and supervising recent architecture and design graduates are invited to participate in the research. Survey participants, who are drawn from the Design Futures Council database of leading firms throughout the United States, must verify they are currently responsible for hiring or supervising design professionals. Surveys from non-qualifying individuals are excluded from the results.
A total of 1,426 professional practice organizations participated in the research for the four professions surveyed.
The professional practice survey posed participants the question, “In your firm’s hiring experience in the past five years, which schools are best preparing students for a future in the profession and designing a sustainable future?” In addition, practitioners are asked about which programs are best in teaching skills such as design, communication, sustainability, and technology. The rankings are based on their responses.
Below are the top schools in each of the four disciplines covered by the survey: architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and industrial design.
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Top 50 Graphic Design Schools and Colleges in the U.S. 2016

Our 2016 list of the Top 50 Graphic Design School Programs in the US.
1. Yale University School of the Arts, New Haven, Connecticut (Top 1% of schools considered)
Yale University was founded in 1701 as the Collegiate School to educate students for “public employment both in Church and Civil State.” Today, the school is home to more than 8,300 students and it houses well over 145 departments, schools and programs covering the areas of art, architecture, divinity, drama, forestry and environmental studies, law, management, music, public health, and more. One of Yale’s top schools is the School of the Arts. Opened as Yale School of the Fine Arts in 1869, the School of the Arts was the nation’s first art school connected with an institution of higher learning.
With 127 students enrolled (Fall 2015), the School of the Arts offers an MFA degree in Graphic Design. The Graphic Design MFA is a competitive program that accepts just 10 students each year and up to seven students into the preliminary-year program. Per the School, MFA applicants are expected to have “substantial and distinguished experience in visual studies and related professional experience.” Students can expect support for their graphic design collections in several ways: “studio work led by faculty meeting weekly; small five- or six-person thesis groups meeting biweekly; individual sessions with writing and editing tutors; and lectures, presentations, and workshops,” as well as “extraordinary resources of Yale University courses, conferences, films, lectures, and museums, and especially the extensive research and rare book collections of Sterling and Beinecke libraries.”
2. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island (Top 1% of schools considered)
Founded in 1877, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is home to 2,481 students from across the U.S. and 57 other countries. This private art and design school offers 32 graduate and undergraduate art and design programs leading to a BFA, MFA, five-year Professional Baccalaureate, or a Bachelor of Architecture. Aspiring graphic designers have two options—a BFA or MFA.
One of the largest departments at RISD, Graphic Design offers “countless opportunities to collaborate within and beyond the discipline,” thanks to access to approximately 165 undergraduate majors. The MFA program offers the same opportunity, as well as two tracks: a two-year option designed for students entering with undergraduate degrees in graphic design or other visual communication, and a three-year option designed for students with degrees in liberal arts, the sciences or fine arts. An impressive 96 percent of all RISD graphic design graduates are employed one year after graduation. Seventy percent are employed in positions directly related to their major.
3. Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland (Top 1% of schools considered)
Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest degree-granting college of art in the nation. The school is home to more than 2,000 students enrolled in more than 80 programs leading to the BFA, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees. MICA also offers a variety of Certificate programs. Programs for aspiring graphic designers include a BFA in Graphic Design with three Concentrations including Graphic Design Studio, Book Arts Studio, and Graphic Design + Humanistic Studies. An MFA in Graphic Design (GD MFA) is also on the menu.
The undergraduate graphic design curriculum at MICA features a three-year sequence of core design courses, while the 60-credit MFA program features two years of full-time study that combines “critical seminars, guided studio courses, and independent work.” Per the school, students in the MFA program may choose a concentration in Critical Studies or Curatorial Practices or “take advantage of electives in many MICA departments, including video, printmaking, and digital media.”
4. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California (Top 1% of schools considered)
Established in 1961 by Walt and Roy Disney, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is the nation's first postsecondary institution to offer graduate and undergraduate degrees in both the Visual and Performing Arts. The school is home to nearly 1,500 students enrolled in more than 70 programs across six schools including the Schools of Art, Critical Studies, Theater, and Film/Video, the Herb Alpert School of Music, and the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance. The School of Art is home to the Graphic Design program which leads to a BFA or MFA.
The BFA program is a full-time, four-year program that prepares students for a career in print and publication design, web and interface design, motion graphics for broadcast and film, branding, identity and type design, and design history and education. The MFA program offers two- and three-year options, including a Specialization in Motion Graphics. The Specialization prepares students to enter the commercial field of motion graphics.
5. Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (Top 1% of schools considered)
Cranbrook Academy is a unique art and design school that began “informal art education” in the late 1920s. The Academy consists of 10 programs/departments including 2D Design, 3D Design, Architecture, Ceramics, Fiber, Metalsmithing, Painting, Print Media, Photography and Sculpture. Per the Academy, “each department is led by a full-time Artist or Designer-in-Residence who is the sole faculty member and head of the department. Each department has an enrollment of approximately 15 students, who are selected by the Artist-in-Residence.” Programs are “free of the formal course structure typical of most art schools and universities. Instead the studio environment is the core of the curriculum with emphasis on developing an individual body of work.”
The 2D Department is the Graduate Graphic Design Department, which places emphasis on “the experimental.” Work being produced in the department “falls on a continuum from book, poster and letterform design, through installation, social practices and contemporary art,” says the Academy. The program leads to an MFA in 2D Design (Graphic Design).
6. North Carolina State University at Raleigh, Raleigh North, Carolina (Top 1% of schools considered)
Founded in 1887, North Carolina State University at Raleigh (NC State Raleigh) is “the school of 100+ startups and spinoffs.” It is also home to more than 34,000 students enrolled in 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through 65 departments and 12 colleges. The College of Design is home to the Graphic Design program which offers two degree paths—a Bachelor of Graphic Design and a Master of Graphic Design. The College has recently established a PhD in Design/Information Design Concentration as well. The undergraduate and graduate degrees are NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) accredited and the PhD program is set to receive NASAD approval after graduating its first class.
Per the College of Design, students in the undergraduate program study comparative ideas about, and methods for, creating visual communication. Sequenced core studios, typography courses, and image-making courses “progressively introduce and develop skills, processes, and sensitivities across a range of media.” Graduate students will “closely examine the cultural and technological situatedness of graphic design and its products, and to seek understanding of the people who use and interact with the things that graphic designers make.”
7. Parsons The New School for Design, New York, New York (Top 1% of schools considered)
Founded in 1896, Parsons The New School for Design is home to more than 5,000 students enrolled in 27 undergraduate, graduate, and associate degree programs. Parsons houses five schools, including the School of Art and Design History and Theory, the School of Art, Media, and Technology (AMT), the School of Constructed Environments, the School of Design Strategies, and the School of Fashion. The School of Art, Media, and Technology, offers several degree programs for aspiring graphic designers. Offerings include an AAS in Graphic Design and a BFA in Communication Design.
The AAS program provides a “solid foundation in the traditional practices and concepts of graphic design,” while the BFA covers typography and interaction. Sponsored projects are in the areas of publication, interaction design, branding, advertising, type design, information design, motion graphics, and environmental design.
8. School of Visual Arts, New York, New York (Top 2% of schools considered)
Founded in 1947 as “Cartoonists and Illustrators School,” School of Visual Arts (SVA) attracts more than 4,000 students each year from across the U.S. and abroad. The school offers 11 undergraduate and 21 graduate degree programs in areas ranging from fine arts and graphic design to filmmaking and photography. The programs at SVA lead to a BFA, MFA, MA, MAT or MPS degree.
Offerings for aspiring graphic designers include a BFA in Graphic Design that consists of 72 credits of studio art courses, 30 credits in humanities & sciences, 12 in history, and six elective credits. An internship is on the menu, as well as the opportunity to narrow your focus to package design, editorial design, information graphics, corporate identity, publication design, CD packaging, book jacket design, environmental design, or website design.
9. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York (Top 2% of schools considered)
Founded in 1887, Pratt institute is home to more than 4,600 students enrolled in 22 undergraduate degree programs, 26 graduate degree programs, and a variety of Certificate and Minor programs across five schools and The Center for Continuing and Professional Studies. Founded in 2014, The School of Design offers “up to four of Pratt’s oldest and most esteemed disciplines,” including Communications Design (ComD), Fashion Design, Industrial Design, and Interior Design.
Per the School of Design, the ComD program is the “the only program in the country that recognizes and embodies the convergence and integration of Illustration, Advertising, and Graphic Design as the primary forces for the visual expression of ideas.” Students may Concentrate in any of the three areas. The School of Design also houses the Graduate Communications Design Department which also offers MFA and MS degrees in Communications Design and an MS in Package Design.
For students that are not ready to commit to a degree program, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) offers Certificate Programs in Digital Design including Graphic Design, Computer Graphics, Motion Graphics and others. These programs may be taken individually or “stacked” producing an “accelerated path to completion.” Like the undergraduate and graduate ComD programs, Certificate programs offer the opportunity to complete an internship.
10. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Top 2% of schools considered)
Founded in 1900, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is home to 13,650 students, enrolled in more than 100 programs across seven colleges and schools. The College of Fine Art, School of Design, offers a Bachelor of Design degree (BDes), formerly BFA, that covers three areas of Specialty: Product (Industrial) Design, Communication (Graphic) Design, and Design of Physical and Digital Environments. Students may focus in one or all three areas, or pursue a more interdisciplinary focus that combines two of the three.
Other undergraduate options include the Minor in Design and the Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Degree (BXA), which provides students with the ability to evenly balance their study of humanities or sciences with design. The Minor is for students admitted to other programs on campus who are interested in gaining “fundamental design skills and/or exposure to design.”
Graduate options to consider are plentiful and include a one-year Master of Arts (MA) in Design program, a one-year Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Design for Interactions, a two-year Master of Design (MDes) in Design for Interactions program, and a PhD in Design Studies.
11. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia (Top 2% of schools considered)
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) was established in 1838. It is home to 31,242 students enrolled in around 226 degree and certificate programs across 15 colleges and schools. The School of the Arts, which comprises more than 3,000 students, offers 25 degree programs. An additional four programs are offered at VCU’s Qatar campus. The School of the Arts, Department of Graphic Design, has several programs for aspiring graphic designers. Options include BFA degrees in Graphic Design and Communication Arts, and an MFA with a Concentration in Design/Visual Communications.
Per the Department, students in the MFA program “concentrate on the philosophical, communicative, and aesthetic relationships of visual problem solving and the interacting skills leading to the effective articulation of concepts.” Undergraduate students will take courses in the areas of Publication and Print Design, Sequential and Motion Design, and Interaction Design, “along with a series of related Studio and Seminar courses.” This program prepares students to create effective visual communications.
12. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (Top 2% of schools considered)
Founded in 1866 as the Chicago Academy of Design, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is one of the oldest accredited independent schools of art and design in the country. Home to 3,590 students enrolled in more than 25 programs, SAIC offers several programs for aspiring graphic designers through its Visual Communication Design Department. Options include a BFA, MFA or Certificate in Graphic Design.
The BFA program has two major areas of focus including Physical Media (print, objects, and environments) and Virtual Media (interactive and time-based media). The MFA program offers the opportunity to explore other related departments at SAIC such as Printmedia, Writing, Photography, Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects, and Film, Video, New Media, and Animation (FVNMA). The purpose of this opportunity is to “extend students’ design work into new territories.” The Graphic Design Certificate is designed for “students with an interest in exploring graphic design with an emphasis on print media,” says the Department.
Other Graphic Design Program highlights include an active AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) student chapter, CIPB (Chicago International Poster Biennial)—an international competition representing leading designers from throughout the world, internship opportunities and the option to study abroad.
13. ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, California (Top 2% of schools considered)
The ArtCenter College of Design opened in 1930. The school, which spans two campuses and four structures in the U.S. and Berlin, offers 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in the areas of Industrial Design and Visual and Applied Arts. ArtCenter also offers a joint MS/MBA program with the Drucker School of Management.
Programs for aspiring graphic designers are offered through the Graphic Design Department (GX) and include a BFA in Graphic Design and an MFA Graduate Graphic Design (MGx) degree. Students might also consider interdisciplinary programs such as the Desginmatters Concentration, which leads to a Certificate in Art and Design for Social Impact or the Integrated Studies Program, which covers essential skills and competencies, critical thinking and the creative process, cultural literacy and contextual reference, interdisciplinary experience, and quality of execution and professional practices. All programs offer internships and study abroad experiences.
14. Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia (Top 2% of schools considered)
Founded in 1978, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is home to more than 12,000 students enrolled in more than 40 degree programs. The school also offers 70 minors and certificate programs, and a large number of online programs. With campuses in Atlanta, Hong Kong, and Lacoste, France, SCAD also offers plenty of opportunities to study at both domestic and international locations. The school also offers more graphic design programs than just about any other school on our list. Options include BA, BFA, MA, and MFA degrees in Graphic Design as well as a Minor and a Certificate Program. A Design Management MA is also on the menu.
The Graphic Design Programs highlight Product Packaging, Entrepreneurship, Mobile Technology, Interface Design and User Experience. All students have the opportunity to declare a double major in the areas of Advertising, Branded Entertainment, Illustration, Motion Media Design, Sequential Art and more, and access to Minors such as Mobile and Interactive Design, Advertising Copywriting. Students may complement their degree with Certificates in Digital Publishing or Interactive Design as well.
The BA degree is offered in Atlanta, Savannah and online and the BFA, MA, MFA, and Minor programs are offered in Atlanta, Hong Kong, Savannah, and online.
15. Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Massachusetts (Top 2% of schools considered)
Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) was founded in 1873 as a training institution for aspiring architects, artists, drawing teachers, and designers. Today, MassArt offers more than 20 undergraduate art programs, nearly a dozen graduate programs, and around seven Certificate programs to a population of around 2,000 students. The Graphic Design Department offers a BFA in Graphic Design that focuses on “learning by doing” in studio classes. Per the school, students are exposed to intensive critique as well as discussions and lectures “through a sequenced combination of required courses in the major, studio electives, technical workshops and computer lab-based courses.”
Also on the menu is a 38-credit Graphic Design Certificate Program (GDC) designed for working adults who are interested in advancing into a career in graphic design. Thanks to an excellent reputation in the design community, graduates of the Certificate program obtain jobs in all areas of the industry.
16. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio (Top 3% of schools considered)
Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati is home to 44,251 students enrolled in 370 degree programs across 13 colleges and a graduate school. The College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) houses the School of Design, which offers a BS in Communication Design. This program takes five years to complete and students may choose from three Concentration areas including Graphic Design, Motion Design, and Interaction Design. Another degree option is available through University of Cincinnati’s Blue Ash College. The Art and Visual Communication Department here offers a two-year Associate Degree in Applied Graphic Communication. However, students in the program have the option to complete it in three years.
17. Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida (Top 3% of schools considered)
Ringling College of Art and Design (RCAD) was established in 1931 by John Ringling—circus baron, art collector, and real estate developer. The school opened with 111 courses and just 75 students. Today, RCAD sits on a 35-acre campus and it is home to 1,300 degree-seeking students with 94% enrolled full-time, and 6% enrolled part-time. The school offers a BFA in Graphic Design that prepares students to design “show-stopping solutions for print and interactive media.”
Students in the RCAD Graphic Design Program will collaborate with other artists such as copywriters, printers, photographers, illustrators, and developers to “make their ideas a reality.” Graduates of the program have been hired by companies such as Google, Facebook, Adult Swim, CBS Interactive, ESPN, Apple iTunes, Leo Burnett, Microsoft, Yahoo!, American Greetings, IGN Entertainment, Wieden + Kennedy, Walt Disney Company, Birchbox, Inc. and many others.
18. Kent State University, Kent, Ohio (Top 3% of schools considered)
Kent State University (KSU or Kent State) was founded in 1910 and it is home to nearly 29,000 students enrolled in more than 300 degree programs across 11 colleges and the School of Digital Sciences. The College of Communication and Information, School of Visual Communication Design, offers a BFA in Visual Communication Design and a Design Minor. Per the School, the BFA program consists of approximately two-thirds of the coursework in the "creation and study of the visual arts," with the remainder in general studies. Because of the greater emphasis on upper-level studio courses, the BFA allows majors the opportunity to build greater expertise in a given area of the field.
The Design Minor provides students with “grounding in the fundamental elements of graphic design, including design research and history, graphic software, industry standards and professional ethics.” All School of Visual Communication Design students must complete 300 hours of internship before graduation. Most internships are paid and students have the opportunity to work at major companies across Cleveland and in Chicago, San Francisco and New York.
19. Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Top 3% of schools considered)
Established in 1886, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is home to more than 700 students from 29 states and 12 countries. Of these, 50 percent are enrolled in Design and 25 are enrolled in Media Arts. The school offers 20-plus programs across several departments. Programs for aspiring graphic designers include a BFA in Graphic Design and Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Graphic Design and Interactive Design and Marketing. An MFA in Visual Studies is also on the menu.
Students in the 60-credit MFA program pursue creative work in Graphic Design, Illustration, Interactive Media, Paper and Book Arts, Printmaking, and many others. Students in all graphic design programs have the opportunity to gain practical, real-world experience through a required internship. The option to study abroad or elsewhere in the U.S. is also highlighted.
20. California College of the Arts, San Francisco and Oakland, California (Top 3% of schools considered)
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is home to nearly 2,000 students enrolled in 21 undergraduate and 13 graduate degree programs. Programs for aspiring graphic designers include a BFA in Graphic Design, a BA in Visual Studies, and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies. An MDes in Interaction Design is also on the menu. Graphic Design program highlights include the opportunity to immerse in the areas of Brand Identity, Print, Motion Graphics, and Screen-Based and Interactive Design, elective offerings that will “strengthen” students “design toolkit,” and the opportunity to gain real-world experience through CCA’s extensive internship program.
CCA alumni have landed positions at innovative design firms, museums, publishing houses, technology companies, nonprofits, and more.
21. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona (Top 3% of schools considered)
Founded in 1885, Arizona State University (ASU) is home to more than 82,000 students (2014) enrolled in over 290 academic undergraduate programs and hundreds of graduate programs across 17 colleges and schools. The ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts houses the Design School, which offers programs in the areas of Architecture, Environmental Design, Industrial design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Visual Communication Design (Graphic Design).
Visual Communication Design (VCD) options include a BSD in Graphic Design, an MSD with a Concentration in Visual Communication Design (VCD MSD), and a Master of Visual Communication Design (MVCD). The MVCD has two options—a two-year studio-based program
designed for students with a degree in VCD or Graphic Design and a 3+ program designed to be a first professional degree for those students who do not have an undergraduate degree in VCD or Graphic Design. The undergraduate program allows students to work on projects in the areas of Information Design, Interaction Design, Exhibition Design, Animation, Motion Graphics, Branding, Publication Design, Web Design, Interface Design and multiple contemporary facets of sensorial design.
22. Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California (Top 3% of schools considered)
Otis College of Art and Design (OTIS) was established in 1918 by the founder and publisher of the Los Angeles Times—General Harrison Gray Otis. Home to more than 1,000 students, OTIS offers more than a dozen interdisciplinary art and design programs from Animation and Motion Design to Graphic Design and Illustration. Specific programs for aspiring graphic designers are offered through the Communication Arts Department. Options include a BA in Graphic Design or a BA in Graphic Design with an Advertising Design Minor. Graduates of the Graphic Design and Advertising programs have landed positions at major companies such as Apple, Anthropologie, LACMA, Guess, Metro, Capitol Records, and others.
23. University of North Texas, Denton, Texas (Top 3% of schools considered)
University of North Texas (UNT) was founded in 1890 as Texas Normal College and Teachers’ Training Institute. It is home to 37,000 students enrolled in 100 bachelors, 83 masters, and 37 doctoral degree programs across 11 colleges and schools. The Design Department of the College of Visual Arts & Design houses the Communication Design Program. Degree options include a BFA, MA, and MFA in Communication Design. The 36 credit-hour Master of Arts in Design and the 60 credit-hour Master of Fine Arts in Design are both taught as concentrations in Design Research.
The BFA program covers the basic principles of design, image making, color theory and typography. It is also designed to “help students learn to be effective conceptual thinkers and, most importantly, creative problem solvers in the disciplines of Advertising and of Graphic Design.” Students in all Graphic Design programs have the opportunity to complete an internship, study abroad, and access “valuable resources” consisting of over 1,000 reference books, magazines and paper/print samples of photography, illustration, typography, graphic design and advertising.
24. University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas (Top 4% of schools considered)
The University of Kansas (KU) was founded in 1865 and opened its doors for classes in 1866. The school is home to 28,401 students enrolled in more than 370 programs across 14 schools and one college—including the only schools of pharmacy and medicine in the state. The School of Architecture, Design and Planning is home to The Department of Design which offers a BFA in Visual Communication Design (Graphic Design) and a Certificate in Book Arts.
Graduates of the Graphic Design Program are prepared to pursue careers in a wide range of areas such as traditional print media, magazine and book design, corporate marketing communications, branding, packaging design, exhibition and environmental design, motion graphic design, website design, interface design and more. Certificate students “learn art and craft production across the “whole book”— papermaking, typography, printing, and binding, informed by the history of the book.”
25. Portland State University, Portland, Oregon (Top 4% of schools considered)
Portland State University (PSU) opened its doors in the summer of 1946 to 220 students, offering the first two years of college study. Today, the school spans 50 city blocks, and houses nine colleges and schools, 226 degree programs, and 29,000 students, including 1,700 international students from 91 countries. The College of Arts is home to the schools of Architecture, Art + Design, Music, and Theater + Film. With 1,400 students enrolled, the School of Art + Design offers BA, BS, BFA degrees and Minors in areas from Art History to Graphic Design.
The Graphic Design Program has three degree options—a BA, BS and a Minor. Program highlights include mostly studio-based courses, opportunities to engage in professional internships, and summer study abroad experiences such as Printmaking in Mexico and Art History in Rome.
26. Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon (Top 4% of schools considered)
Oregon State University (OSU) was founded in 1868. With more than 30,000 students in Corvallis, Bend, Newport and Portland, OSU is Oregon's statewide and largest university.
Academic offerings include some 200 undergraduate and 80-plus graduate degree programs across 11 academic colleges. The College of Liberal Arts-School of Arts and Communication offers a BFA in Graphic Design featuring “a hybrid curriculum that incorporates courses in new media, digital communications, art and design, as well as an innovative course on collaboration.” Graduates of the program are prepared for positions in a variety of areas such as print media, editorial design, marketing, advertising, branding, package design, web design, app design, interface design, interaction design, information design, motion graphics and more.
27. Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York (Top 4% of schools considered)
Founded in 1870, Syracuse University (SU) is home to approximately 21,789 students from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. The school offers more than 400 programs across 12 colleges and schools and a graduate school. The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication houses
the Department of Multimedia Photography and Design, along with 1,900 undergraduate students, 250 master’s degree students and 13 doctoral degree students. The Department offers BS degrees in Graphic Design and Multimedia Photography & Design (Graphic Design). Second degree and advanced degree options include BS degrees in Magazine or Advertising, an MA in Advertising, and an online MS in Communications with a Concentration in Advertising.
28. Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Top 4% of schools considered)
Temple University was charted in 1888 as “The Temple College.” The school is home to more than 35,000 students enrolled in more than 400 academic programs across 17 schools and colleges. The Tyler School of Art is home to the Graphic and Interactive Design program which has two degree offerings—a BFA and MFA in Graphic and Interactive Design. The programs cover design concepts, and it teaches students “how to make images, to work with typography, and to master a wide range of new and traditional media.”
According to the School, graduates of both programs are “employed by studios and agencies around the country and abroad. They work in print and web design studios, advertising agencies, publishing companies, film and television, music packaging and promotion, product design and packaging, in design departments of major corporations, and as freelance illustrators.”
29. Cooper Union, New York, New York (Top 4% of schools considered)
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (CU) was founded in 1859 by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper. The school offers programs in the areas of Art, Architecture and Engineering, and courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences. With nearly 1,000 students enrolled (2015-2016), CU’s art students account for 32 percent of the student body. The School of Art here offers a BFA in Art with a Focus Graphic Design. Internship opportunities are highlighted as well as the opportunity to study abroad.
30. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York (Top 4% of schools considered)
Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is a collection of five schools offering more than 145 programs to a population of 7,113 students. The School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS), Department of Communication and Media (C&M) offers a BS in Communications with a Concentration in Graphic Design, a dual major—BS in Communication (with an emphasis in Graphic Design) and Design, Innovation, and Society (COMM/DSIS), a Communication Design Certificate and a Graduate Graphics Certificate.
Graduates of HAAS Department of Communication programs go on to enjoy careers in industry and government as graphic designers, brand managers, product designers, marketing strategists; content developers and editors; interaction designers; user experience designers; art directors; web designers, game designers, analysts and developers and more.
31. University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (Top 5% of schools considered)
The University of Arizona (UA) was established in 1885. The school is home to more than 42,000 students enrolled in more than 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across 20 colleges, 11 schools, and three campuses. The College of Fine Arts, School of Arts offers several programs for aspiring graphic designers including a BFA in Studio Art (2-D, 3-D, Photography, Visual Communication) and an MFA in Studio Art-Visual Communications. Other options include BFA and MFA degrees in Studio Art with an Emphasis in Illustration + Design.
32. Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas (Top 5% of schools considered)
Texas State University was authorized by the Texas legislature in 1899 under the name “Southwest Texas State Normal School.” The school opened its doors in 1903. After five name changes, Texas State Normal School became Texas State University and is now home to 38,849 students enrolled in 98 bachelor’s, 90 master’s and 12 doctoral degree programs through nine academic colleges. The College of Fine Arts & Communication houses the School of Art and Design which offers several programs for aspiring graphic designers. Options include BFA and MFA degrees in Communication Design.
Considered one of the largest public programs in the country, the Communication Design Program (undergraduate) allows students to pursue interests within four areas of professional study: Graphic Design, Art Direction, Interactive Media, and Illustration. The graduate program is designed to provide advanced study in the areas of Corporate Advertising, Art Direction, Graphic Design, and Digital Media Design.
Per the school, students and graduates of the program have received recognition in design journals by having their work published in CMYK, Step Inside Design, Graphis New Talent Annual, and PRINT, and they have also received recognition in competitions such as The One Show, American Advertising Federation Awards, National DSVC Student Show, Creative Summit, Art Director's Club of Houston, Austin Addy Awards, and San Antonio Addy Awards.
33. University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (Top 5% of schools considered)
The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) opened in 1883. It is home to 50,950 students enrolled in more than 500 degree programs and fields of study across 18 colleges and schools. The College of Fine Arts, Department of Art and Art History, offers BA, BFA and MFA degrees in Design, and a BFA in Visual Studies. All students have the opportunity to participate in the internship program, which may include working at major companies with offices in the Austin area. Just a few include Google, Dell, IBM, Apple, Samsung, Frog, Pentagram, EA Games, and more.
34. San Diego State University, San Diego, California (Top 5% of schools considered)
Founded in 1897 and home to 35,000 students, San Diego State University (SDSU) is the oldest and largest university in San Diego and the third largest in California. The school offers nearly 160 undergraduate majors and minors, 16 pre-professional programs and nearly 100 graduate degrees and credentials across seven colleges. The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA) 10 core departments and schools, including the School of Art + Design. Here, students can earn a BA in Applied Arts and Sciences with an Emphasis in Graphic Design or Multimedia and an MA or MFA with an Emphasis in Graphic Design or Multimedia. Students may also focus on Book Arts or Illustration by choosing from an extensive collection of electives.
The Graphic Design program features participation in a large internship program that “places students in professional settings in graphic design firms, interior design offices, galleries, museums and schools in the Southern California region and, specifically, the San Diego community.” The active study abroad program offers experiences in places such as Turkey, Scotland, Mexico, and Japan. Graphic design students are also involved in professional organizations such as the American Institute of Graphic Art (AIGA), the American Craft Council, and the Society of Photographic Education.
Graduates of the art and design programs at SDSU hold titles such as Graphic Designer, Corporate Image Designer, Layout/Production Artist, Advertising Artist, Print Production Specialist, Graphic Illustrator, Technical Illustrator, and many others.
35. Queens College, Queens, New York (Top 5% of schools considered)
Established in 1937, Queens College is part of the City University of New York (CUNY). Current enrollment is close to 19,000 matriculated students from nearly 170 countries. The school awards bachelor’s and master’s degrees in over 170 areas across four divisions including Arts and Humanities, Education, Mathematics and the Natural Sciences, and the Social Sciences. The Arts and Humanities Division houses the Design Program which offers a BS in Design with a Concentration in Communication Design (Graphic Design), Interaction Design, or Animation and Illustration.
Minors in Graphic Design, Digital Graphics, and Imagemaking are also on the menu as well as an MFA in Studio with a Concentration in Media or other area with approval. Per the school, students in all Design programs “learn visual communication using industry-standard technology across interactive, time-based, digital and traditional media.” Graduates are prepared for a career in design or for graduate study.
36. University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (Top 5% of schools considered)
The University of Washington was founded in 1861. Home to more than 54,000 students (2014), the school offers 165 majors across 16 colleges and schools and in 79 departments. The College of Arts & Sciences is home to the Department of Art + Art History + Design which offers a Bachelor of Design (BDes) in Visual Communication Design and a Master of Design (MDes).
One of the largest undergraduate programs at the University of Washington, Visual Communication Design emphasizes “visual problem solving, organizational skills, and information theory.” Students engage in all phases of typography, information design, design systems, exhibition design, publication design, new media, and visual methods/processes.
37. University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Top 5% of schools considered)
The University of the Arts (UArts) is the nation’s only comprehensive arts university. The school, which traces its roots back to 1868, is home to around 1,900 students enrolled in 41 undergraduate and graduate programs through the College of Art, Media and Design, the College of Performing Arts, and the Division of Liberal Arts. The College of Art, Media and Design houses the School of Design, which offers BFA degrees in Graphic Design and Design, Art + Technology, an MFA in Book Arts + Printmaking, and Minors in Book Arts, Typography, and Multimedia.
Students in the Graphic Design Program have the opportunity to choose courses from the Schools of Art, Film and Illustration or any cross-college program. All students have access to international opportunities such as study abroad, festivals, and workshops in countries such as Canada, France, and South Korea.
38. Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri (Top 5% of schools considered)
Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) has a 130-year history that includes notable name such as Walt Disney, who took classes here as a child, multimedia artist Robert Rauschenberg, who studied fashion design, writer Robert Morris, and performance artist and fabric sculptor Nick Cave, to name a few. Besides a long list of notable alumni and students, KCAI offers 13 academic disciplines in Art, Design and Media to a population of more than 600 students. Offerings for aspiring graphic designers include a BFA in Graphic Design. BFA degrees in Interactive Arts and Printmaking are also on the menu.
39. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah (Top 6% of schools considered)
Brigham Young University (BYU) was founded in 1875 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) It is home to 32,615 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in more than 380 undergraduate majors and minors, master’s programs and doctorate programs. The school houses dozens of colleges, schools, and departments that offer everything from Accounting to Visual Communications. The College of Fine Arts and Communications is home to 3,655 students enrolled in programs in the Department of Art, the School of Communications, the Department of Dance, the Department of Design, the School of Music, and the Department of Theater and Media Arts.
Programs for aspiring graphic designers can be found in several departments and schools. Options include BA and BFA degrees in Graphic Design, and Minors in Design or Advertising Design in the Department of Design and a BFA in Art with a Focus in New Genres or Printmaking in the Department of Art. Other areas of study include Interaction Design, Motion Design, Visual Development, and Branding.
40. Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, Washington (Top 6% of schools considered)
Established in 1914 as the Cornish School, Cornish College of the Arts is home to 767 students from 35 states and 18 countries. The school offers BFA degrees in the areas of Art, Dance, Design, Film/Media, Interior Architecture, Music (BMus and Post-Baccalaureate Artist Diploma in Early Music), Performance Production, and Theater. Programs for aspiring graphic designers include a BFA in Design: Graphic Design, Motion Design, User Design and a BFA in Art: Printmaking, Digital Media, Painting, Photography, Video, Sculpture.
All art and design students may complete an internship or study abroad. Recent examples of where Cornish students have studied Visual and Performing Arts include Accademia dell’Arte, Arezzo, Italy; Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Ireland; Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland; NYU Berlin, Berlin, Germany; Temple University, Japan Campus, Minato, Japan; Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland; SACI, Florence, Italy; University of Tasmania, Hobart/ Launceston, Australia, and the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia.
41. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana (Top 6% of schools considered)
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) was established in 1969 and it is home to 30,488 students enrolled in more than 250 degree programs across 19 schools. Several programs are available for aspiring graphic designers through Herron School of Art + Design. Offerings include BFA and MFA degrees in Visual Communication Design, an MFA in Visual Art, and degree-enhancing Minors in Design Production, Studio Art and Technology, and Book Arts.
Technologies and tools utilized in the Visual Communication programs include, but are not limited to, drawing, offset printing, photography, and time-based and interactive media (film, video, computer multimedia). Students also learn how to perform basic business practices, including organizing design projects and working productively as a member of teams. All students, Art, Design or otherwise, have access to internship and study abroad opportunities.
42. University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia (Top 6% of schools considered)
Established in 1785, University of Georgia (UGA) is home to 36,130 students enrolled in 170 majors and academic programs across 17 schools and colleges. The Lamar Dodd School of Art offers a BFA in Art with Concentrations in Graphic Design, Printmaking & Book Arts, and ArtX: Expanded Forms. An Interdisciplinary Art & Design A.B., a Minor in Studio Art, and MFA degrees in ArtX and Printmaking are also on the menu.
All art and design students have access to a large study abroad program that offers experiences on all seven continents and UGA campuses in Costa Rica, Central America; Cortona, Italy, and Oxford, England.
43. Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (Top 6% of schools considered)
Columbia College was established in 1890. It is home to more than 10,000 students enrolled in 100-plus academic majors or programs. The School of Fine and Performing Arts, Department of Design offers a BFA degree in Graphic Design and a BA in Graphic Design with Concentrations in Publication Design and Web Design. A BA in Advertising Art Direction is also on the menu for those interested in a second degree program. The School of Interactive Arts and Media also offers several options that complement Graphic Design. They include a BA in Social Media and Digital Strategy, and Interaction Design, and a Web Development Minor.
44. College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan (Top 6% of schools considered)
The College for Creative Studies (CCS) was established in 1906 as The Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts. The school is home to more than 1,400 students enrolled in over a dozen degree programs across 14 academic departments. With an enrollment of 127 students, the Graphic Design Department is one of the top five largest departments at CCS. Degree options for aspiring graphic designers include a BFA in Communication Design (Graphic Design), Interaction Design or Motion Graphics and MFA degrees in Interaction Design and Integrated Design. Degrees that complement Graphic Design include BFAs in Advertising: Copywriting, Advertising: Design and Fine Arts.
All students have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester or a year in places such as Italy, Austria, Germany, Mexico, Paris, Australia, and more. Graduates of the Design programs at CCS are prepared to work in Graphic Design, Editorial Design, Environmental Design, Information Design, Interactive Design, Package Design, Publication Design, Web Design, and many others.
45. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois (Top 6% of schools considered)
Founded as Illinois Industrial University in 1867, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U of I or UIUC) is one of the original 37 public land-grant institutions created after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862. The school is home to 43,603 students enrolled in more than 150 programs across 15 Colleges and Instructional Units. The College of Fine and Applied Arts, School of Art and Design offers a BFA degrees in Graphic Design and New Media, an MFA in Graphic Design and a Minor in Art + Design. Another graduate degree offering that complements Graphic Design is the MFA in Painting, Sculpture, and New Media.
All design students may study for a semester abroad and they also have access to internship opportunities. Design students have gone on to land positions in Interaction Design, Art Direction, Publication Design, Motion Graphics, Photography, Type Design, Environmental Design, and Social/Service Design in a variety of settings.
46. California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Pomona, California (Top 6% of schools considered)
Established in 1938 with an all-male enrollment of 110 students, California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly Pomona) is one of only two polytechnic universities of the 23 California State University campuses and 11 in the U.S. The school is also the largest in area of all Cal State campuses. Today, Cal Poly Pomona is home to a co-ed population of 23,966 students enrolled in more than 100 degree programs across eight colleges. The school’s College of Environmental Design, Department of Art, offers one program for aspiring graphic designers—a BFA in Graphic Design.
Per the Department, the 180-unit program “focuses on intensive work in art and design supported by a program of general studies.” Students learn to work creatively in Typography, Print, Identity, Illustration, Packaging, Web Design, Motion Graphics, and Environmental Graphic Design.
47. Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan (Top 7% of schools considered)
Michigan State University (MSU) was founded in 1855. It is home to 50,543 students from all counties in Michigan, all 50 states, and more than 138 countries. The school offers more than 200 programs across 17 colleges and students have access to more than 260 study abroad programs on all continents in more than 60 countries. The College of Arts & Letters, Department of Art, Art History, and Design offers several programs for aspiring graphic designers. Options include BA and BFA degrees in Studio Art with a Concentration in Graphic Design, an MFA in Graphic Design, and a Graphic Design Minor.
Program highlights include real-world experience through internships, the client-initiated coursework of Design Center, and the AIGA (the professional association for design) student group and lectures given by designers such as Massimo Vignelli, Nancy Skolos & Tom Wedell, James Victore, Andrew Blauvelt, Stuart Bailey, and Karen Cheng. Students also have the opportunity to gain experience by offering design services to the community.
Recent graduates of the Graphic Design programs at MSU hold positions as Creative Directors, Art Directors, Graphic Designers, Freelancers, and Video Editors with design firms, advertising agencies, production companies, publishing companies, and in-house design offices.
48. University of Houston, Houston, Texas (Top 7% of schools considered)
The University of Houston (UH) was founded in 1927 and it is home to 40,914 students enrolled in more than 300 academic programs across 12 colleges and the UH Law Center. The College of Arts, School of Art, offers several programs for aspiring graphic designers. Options include and a BFA in Graphic Design, an MFA in Studio Arts with a Concentration in Graphic Design, and a Minor in Studio Arts. All design students have access to UH’s large internship program, which highlights jobs with both national and international companies. Students may also study abroad in dozens of countries around the world.
49. Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts (Top 7% of schools considered)
Northeastern University was founded in 1898. Home to 19,940 students (2015), Northeastern offers hundreds of programs across nine colleges and schools, as well as select advanced degrees at graduate campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Toronto. The College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD) offers a range of programs for aspiring graphic Designers. Options include BFA degrees in Design with a Concentration in Graphic and Information Design, Interaction Design, or Experience Design, a BA in Art with a Concentration in Visual Studies, half majors in Graphic and Information Design, Interaction Design, and Visual Studies, and Minors in Graphic and Information Design, Experience Design, and Interaction Design.
Graduate offerings include MFA degrees in Information Design and Visualization, Studio Art, and Interdisciplinary Arts. All CAMD students have the opportunity to study abroad in places such as Ireland, Venice, Rome, Berlin and Cuba.
50. University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (Top 7% of schools considered)
Established in 1982 and home to nearly 29,000 students, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is the largest university in Chicago. The school, which has regional campuses in Peoria, Rockford, Springfield, and Urbana, IL., and The Quad Cities, offers 248 degree programs and 32 certificates across 15 colleges. The College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts houses the School of Design which offers a Bachelor of Design (BDes) and a Master of Design (MDes) in Graphic Design. The four-year BDes program highlights studio-based instruction, while the two-year MDes focuses on an independent master’s research project.

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Which was the most inspiring home of the year?

As 2016 draws to a close, we’re taking a minute to look back at the most inspiring homes we featured this past year – the ones that really got people talking. From an amazing transformation of an old Chevy van into a sleek mobile home, to a tiny home that costs less than 20K, to off-grid getaways that let you live anywhere you please, we featured some real head-turners this year. Read on to see the most talked-home homes of the year, and let us know which one inspired you the most!
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MIT and Google design a temporary office meeting space that drops down from the ceiling

MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab and Google teamed up to design this innovative system called Transformable Meeting Spaces. The structure can be pulled down from the ceiling to enclose a 10-feet-wide and 8-feet-tall space that can fit up to eight people. Users can simply push the structure up once the meeting ends.
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