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Design & Applied Arts Schools in California

In 2018-2019, 379 students earned their Design degrees in CA.

As a degree choice, Design & Applied Arts is the 65th most popular major in the state.

Education Levels of Design & Applied Arts Majors in California

Design majors in the state tend to have the following degree levels:

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 254
Post-Master’s Certificate 125
Postbaccalaureate Certificate 125

Gender Distribution

In California, a design major is more popular with women than with men.

Design & Applied Arts Majors in CA Gender Diversity Statistics

Racial Distribution

The racial distribution of design majors in California is as follows:

  • Asian: 11.3%
  • Black or African American: 4.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 10.6%
  • White: 24.3%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 35.9%
  • Other Races: 13.2%
Design & Applied Arts Majors in CA Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Jobs for Design & Applied Arts Grads in California

There are 88,250 people in the state and 756,760 people in the nation working in design jobs.

Design & Applied Arts Jobs Nationwide vs. CA

Wages for Design & Applied Arts Jobs in California

Design grads earn an average of $77,580 in the state and $71,430 nationwide.

jobs nationwide vs. state.

There are 15 colleges in California that offer design degrees. Learn about the most popular 10 below:

#1

Academy of Art University

San Francisco
147 Degrees in Major Awarded
35% Graduation Rate
9,812 Total Students

Students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. This private institution charges an average net price of $32,131. In their early career, Academy of Art University grads earn an average salary of $26,900.

125 Degrees in Major Awarded
62% Graduation Rate
40,445 Total Students

It takes the average student 4.93 years to graduate. The student to faculty ratio is 25 to 1. Students who attend this public school pay an average net price of $8,234.

42 Degrees in Major Awarded
59% Graduation Rate
1,860 Total Students

Graduates earn an average $29,400 after graduation. This school boasts a lower than average student loan default rate of 2.90%. 21% of the teachers are full time.

16 Degrees in Major Awarded
92% Graduation Rate
48,321 Total Students

Of all the students who attend this school, 69% get financial aid. In their early career, USC grads earn an average salary of $53,800. 9 to 1 is the student to faculty ratio.

14 Degrees in Major Awarded
71% Graduation Rate
1,183 Total Students

Most students complete their degree in 4.22 years. Of all the teachers who work at the school, 16% are considered full time. This private school has an average net price of $42,253.

11 Degrees in Major Awarded
91% Graduation Rate
44,371 Total Students

Of all the teachers who work at the school, 70% are considered full time. The student to faculty ratio is 18 to 1. Seeking financial aid? At this school, 64% of students receive it.

10 Degrees in Major Awarded
68% Graduation Rate
2,335 Total Students

61% of students get financical aid. The average student takes 4.80 years to complete their degree at Art Center College of Design. 26% of the teachers are full time.

8 Degrees in Major Awarded
66% Graduation Rate
834 Total Students

Roughly six years after entering college, graduates of this school earn $24,900 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.90% is a good sign that graduates can afford their loan payments. The full-time teacher rate is 13%.

4 Degrees in Major Awarded
1,892 Total Students

18% of the teachers are full time. This private school has an average net price of $30,520. This school boasts a lower than average student loan default rate of 1.80%.

2 Degrees in Major Awarded
51% Graduation Rate
29,032 Total Students

Students who attend this public school pay an average net price of $15,033. This school boasts a lower than average student loan default rate of 5.30%. The average student takes 4.85 years to complete their degree at SFSU.

Design & Applied Arts Careers in CA

Some of the careers design majors go into include:

Job Title CA Job Growth CA Median Salary
Art, Drama, and Music Professors 15% $100,050
Designers 13% $77,030
Multimedia Artists and Animators 10% $84,740
Artists 8% $60,490
Graphic Designers 7% $56,810
Art Directors 7% $118,660
Commercial and Industrial Designers 6% $70,410
Interior Designers 5% $60,360
Set and Exhibit Designers 5% $58,910
Fashion Designers 4% $78,680
Photographers -4% $46,790

Below are some popular majors in the state that are similar to design.

Major Annual Graduates in CA
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 918
Music 692
Fine & Studio Arts 501
Drama & Theater Arts 393
General Visual & Performing Arts 102
Arts & Media Management 46
Dance 39
Other Visual Art 15

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