Best of the Best: Online Bachelor’s in Graphic Design Schools

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Graphic design is an ever-growing industry.  According the the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay in 2012 was $44,150 per year and you can achieve this with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. The competition is somewhat high in this field as the job growth is expected to grow only 7% thru the year 2022, but, having said that, your expertise in any particular field may be JUST what that special employer is looking for.

Graphic designers use computers or, even still, by hand to create and communicate visually ideas that captivate and “reel in” consumers via magazines, advertisements, etc. Also, according to the BLS, in 2012, 24 percent of graphic designers were self-employed. All you need is a portfolio of your best designs and go get that dream job you’ve always wanted.

With a graphic design degree, the possibilities are endless!

Below we have ranked, as the title states, the best of the best in online graphic design schools……scroll through and find one that is just right for YOU!

FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY

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Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Design

Physical Campus Location: Winter Park, FL

Accreditation: Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges

Tuition: Specifically in the Graphic Design category, average tuition cost is $7,125 per semester, 8 semesters to complete, $467 per credit hour, 122 credit hours to program completion…………Undergraduate Application Fee – $75

Link to Gallery: Check out some of the awesome designs by some of Full Sail’s students and graduates! Click HERE

Notable Grads:

  • Chip Carle, 3D Artist at Blizzard Entertainment
  • Kristifer Klein, Pixar
  • Natalie Beneventi, Senior Designer for the Arizona State Fair
  • Nathanial Sims, Effects Technical Director on “Snow White and The Huntsman”
  • Justin Garand, Graphic Designer for the Orlando Magic

Course Flexibility: Full Sail offers Live classes so that you may interact with the other students and faculty… Can’t make it? No sweat! All of the classes are archived and viewable on YOUR schedule!

Career potential:

  • Graphic Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Production Artist
  • Digital Printing Specialist
  • Package Designer

FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY’S EXCITING GRAPHIC DESIGN PROGRAM, PLEASE CLICK HERE 

ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY

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Bachelor of Fine Arts Program in Graphic Design

Campus Location: San Francisco, California

Accreditation: 

  • Art and Design (ART) – Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Tuition:

  • Undergraduate Application Fee – $100
  • Estimated Tuition per YEAR for undergraduates beginning Fall 2014/Spring 2015 – $19,440 or $810 per unit (3 units per class)
  • Registration Fee per YEAR (non-refundable) – $40 ($20 per semester)
  • Course Fees per YEAR- $800 on average
  • Materials costs estimated per YEAR – $1746

Career Opportunities:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Typographic Designer
  • Print Designer
  • Package Designer
  • Publication Designer
  • Branding and Identity Designer
  • Corporate Communications Designer
  • Environmental and Retail Designer
  • In-House Graphic Designer
  • Communications Director and Music Industry/Entertainment Designer
  • and more!

Sampling of Firms hiring Academy of Art University graduates:

  • Microsoft
  • Disney
  • Dreamworks SKG
  • Estee Lauder
  • Pixar
  • Wells Fargo
  • and many, many more!

Course Flexibility: Online learning is asynchronous meaning that you can participate in online discussions if you wish or you can attend and contribute on your own available time although you do need to meet projected deadlines for completing assignments and lessons. The same award winning faculty is available to you that teaches the same classes at the brick and mortar alternative.

FOR INFORMATION TO LEARN EVEN MORE ABOUT THE ACADEMY OR ARTS UNIVERSITY, PLEASE CLICK HERE

BELLEVUE UNIVERSITY

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Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design

Campus Location: Bellevue, NE

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Tuition: Undergraduate Application Fee – $50….Tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year is $375 per credit hour (42 credit hours MAJOR requirements, not including general credits required)

Sampling of Companies Hiring Bellevue Graphic Design grads:

  • ConAgra Foods
  • TD Ameritrade
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Hallmark
  • US Bank
  • and many more!

Career Potentials:

  • Computer Graphic Artist
  • Catalog Page Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Advertising Specialist
  • Communications Specialist
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Product Designer
  • and many more depending on your work experience and level of specialization!

Course Flexibility: 24/7 support is available along with a “go at your own pace” type style that enables you to work on your schedule.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, YOU CAN VISIT BELLEVUE’S WEBSITE BY CLICKING HERE

ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

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Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design

Campus Location: Lakewood, CO

Accreditation:

  • Art and Design (ART) – Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • The Higher Learning Commission

Tuition: Undergraduate (BA or BFA) $464 per credit hour which estimates out to be about $57,000 to complete the program ….120 total credits needed to receive degree : One time application fee of $50.00  According to their website, “Incoming Online students are provided with books and the cost is included within the tuition.”

Course Flexibility: As with most, you are allowed flexibility with their online schooling and you may even choose to take some classes online and some on campus classes to save money and get the college “experience” at the same time.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS REWARDING PROGRAM, PLEASE CLICK HERE

SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIVERSITY

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Bachelor’s of Arts in Graphic Design and Media Arts

Campus Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Tuition: $320 per credit hour or $960 per course

Career Opportunities: 

  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Information technology
  • Marketing
  • Professional sports
  • Advertising
  • Medical technology

Employers that have hired SNHU graduates: 

  • Timberland
  • Segway
  • Fox News Networks

YOU MAY LEARN MORE BY VISITING SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIVERSITY’S WEBSITE BY CLICKING HERE