Top Ten Design Schools in the United States
See which top-ranked schools have design programs. Get information about program options and rankings at two profiled schools; keep reading for a list of colleges and universities that also offer similar programs.
Design encompasses a broad range of creative fields that are often closely related to the visual arts. Common areas of study include graphic design, multimedia design, industrial design and interior design. Design programs are typically enrolled at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. Two top schools with undergraduate and graduate design program options include the University of California, Los Angeles and Drexel University in Pennsylvania.
Top U.S. Institutions with Design School Programs
1. University of California, Los Angeles
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is the highest-ranked school to offer a design program in the United States. UCLA ranked 24th overall among U.S. News and World Report's list of best colleges in 2010. With 38,220 students enrolled annually, this 4-year public university is also one of the most populated schools in the nation to offer a reputable design program. The School of the Arts and Architecture offers a Bachelor of Arts in Design and Media Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Design and Media Arts.
2. Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA
U.S. News and World Report ranked Drexel University 88th in a list of best colleges in 2010. This 4-year private university boasts a total enrollment of roughly 21,537 students each year. The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design offers majors in design and merchandising, fashion design, graphic design, interior design, product design and digital media. Graduate programs are also offered in interior architecture and design, digital media and fashion design.
List of Popular Colleges and Universities with Design School Programs
|College/University Name||Student Population||Address||Phone Number|
|Arizona State University||67,082||Tempe, Arizona 85287||(480) 965-9011|
|University of California, Los Angeles||38,220||405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, California 90095||(310) 825-4321|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||32,044||910 W. Franklin St., Richmond, Virginia 23284||(804) 828-0100|
|University of Kentucky||26,054||Lexington, Kentucky 40506||(859) 257-9000|
|University of Illinois at Chicago||25,835||601 S. Morgan, Chicago, Illinois 60607||(312) 996-7000|
|Drexel University||21,537||3141 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104||(215) 895-2000|
|Carnegie Mellon University||10,875||5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213||(412) 268-2000|
|Howard University||10,320||2400 Sixth St. NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20059||(202) 806-6100|
|The New School||9,825||66 W. 12th St., New York, New York 10011||(212) 229-5600|
|Savannah College of Art and Design||9,120||342 Bull St., Savannah, Georgia 31402||(912) 525-5000|
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