Top Ranked University with Graphic Design Degree Programs - Miami, FL

Miami has few schools with programs in graphic design. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

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Top Schools in Miami for Graphic Design Programs

There are fourteen different colleges within 100 miles of Miami that offer either bachelor's and/or master's degree programs in graphic design. The University of Miami is easily the highest rated out of those institutions of higher learning because of its relatively high graduation rates and national rankings. Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach comes in second because of the school's significantly lower graduation rate and Lynn University ranks third because of a lack of national prestige from national college evaluations. The University of Miami offers both a bachelor's and master's degree in graphic design; Palm Beach Atlantic and Lynn both offer bachelor's programs.

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Category University of Miami Palm Beach Atlantic University Lynn University
Ranking(s) 44th for top national universities, nationwide* (2013) 5oth for top regional colleges, South* (2013) N/A
Location Coral Gables, FL West Palm Beach, FL Boca Raton, FL
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
_Tuition & Fees (2012-13) $41,220 (undergraduate)** $24,800 (undergraduate)**$32,600 (undergraduate)**
Graphic Design Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees Bachelor's degrees Bachelor's Degrees
Graphic Design Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-12 4**12** 8**
Most Popular Graphic Design Program in 2011-12 Bachelor's in Graphic Design/Multimedia (4 awarded)** Bachelor's in Graphic Design (12 awarded)** Bachelor's in Multimedia Design (8 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2006 Entering Class 69%** 51%**40%**
Noteworthy Accredited by The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Students are required to work at least 45 hours of community service per year Nearly a quarter of the student population is comprised of international students

*2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings, **NCES College Navigator

Winner: University of Miami

  • The university's Department of Art and Art History operates one off-campus and two on-campus art galleries
  • Students can regularly attend symposiums and lectures with visiting artists.

The University of Miami offers both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design/Multimedia. The bachelor's program requires 72 credit hours of study in the arts and art history. Core courses include drawing, western art, modern art and electronic media. Students can select a primary, secondary or tertiary concentration in graphic design/multimedia. Required courses for the concentration include the history of graphic design and an introduction to electronic media. And the master's degree is a full-time 3-year program designed for students intending in working as professional artists or teaching graphic design. Students complete approximately 24 hours of the required 60 credit hours in graphic design and multimedia studio work.

Runner-Up #1: Palm Beach Atlantic University

  • Faculty members have worked for professional companies such as Disney and Mitsubishi.
  • The university recently opened a new state-of-the-art graphic design lab

The bachelor's program in graphic design at Palm Beach Atlantic University consists of 126 credit hours, 41 of which must come through general education requirements. Students also must complete 21 credit hours of courses from the school's art core, such as critical thinking for art majors and two different art history classes. Graphic design-specific courses then take up 41 additional credit hours, 29 of which come from mandatory coursework in digital graphics, website design and typography. The remaining credits can be taken in art courses such as sculpture, watercolor or a professional internship.

Runner-Up #2: Lynn University

  • Students learn the basics of 3-D printing technologies and motion capture systems
  • Students build portfolios of the work they create throughout their academic career that ultimately gets showcased in a university exhibit

Lynn University offers a bachelor's program in multimedia design. The program, which consists of 120 credit hours, requires students to take coursework in classes such as advertising writing and design, digital imaging, advanced digital art and applied photography. Individuals must also complete general communication courses including applied media and communication strategies and performance. General education and elective requirements make up the remaining 75 credit hours needed for completion.

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    Areas of study you may find at University of Pennsylvania include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
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