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2021 Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

99 Colleges
$29,666 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$29,542 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

In 2018-2019, 2,088 people earned a degree or certificate in design and applied arts, making the major the #89 most popular in the United States.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

The Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools ranking is one of many tools that Grad Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 99 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best value experiences for design students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools in the United States

Check out the design programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your educational dollar.

Top 15% Best Design & Applied Arts Schools

$19,560 Average Tuition & Fees

Our 2021 rankings named Arizona State University - Skysong the best value school in the United States for design and applied arts students. ASU - Skysong is a fairly large public school located in the city of Scottsdale.

ASU - Skysong undergraduate students pay an average of $19,560 in tuition and fees each year.

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#2

Endicott College

Beverly, MA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Endicott College. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools list. Endicott is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Beverly.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Endicott are $34,154 a year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Endicott also did well on our Best Design & Applied Arts Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#3

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI
$12,376 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent programs at Ferris State University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in the United States. Located in the town of Big Rapids, Ferris is a public school with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Ferris are $12,376 per year.

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#4

Marywood University

Scranton, PA
$35,904 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Marywood University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools list. Marywood is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Scranton.

Marywood undergraduate students pay an average of $35,904 in tuition and fees each year.

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#5

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Cornell University is a great value for design and applied arts students. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Cornell are $57,222 a year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Cornell also is in the top 5% of our Best Design & Applied Arts Schools ranking.

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With a ranking of #6, University of Wisconsin - Stout did quite well on this year’s best value schools for design and applied arts students. Located in the distant town of Menomonie, UW - Stout is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UW - Stout are $17,430 a year.

In addition to its great value ranking, UW - Stout is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Design & Applied Arts Schools list.

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With a ranking of #7, Northeastern University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for design and applied arts students. Located in the large city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Northeastern are $53,506 per year.

Northeastern also claimed a spot on our Best Design & Applied Arts Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#8

John Brown University

Siloam Springs, AR
$27,668 Average Tuition & Fees

John Brown University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools list. JBU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Siloam Springs.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at JBU are $27,668 per year.

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Lawrence Technological University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the city of Southfield, Lawrence Tech is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Lawrence Tech are $35,280 a year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Lawrence Tech is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Design & Applied Arts Schools list.

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#10

University of Houston

Houston, TX
$21,749 Average Tuition & Fees

University of Houston came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools ranking. Located in the city of Houston, UH is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UH are $21,749 a year.

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$15,058 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #10, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania did quite well on this year’s best value schools for design and applied arts students. Kutztown University is a medium-sized public school located in the fringe town of Kutztown.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Kutztown University are $15,058 a year.

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#12

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

With a ranking of #12, Clemson University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for design and applied arts students. Clemson is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Clemson.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Clemson are $38,550 per year.

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With a ranking of #13, The University of Texas at Austin did quite well on this year’s best value schools for design and applied arts students. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Austin.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UT Austin are $38,326 per year.

UT Austin also claimed a spot on our Best Design & Applied Arts Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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With a ranking of #14, Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best value schools for design and applied arts students. Located in the city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Georgia Tech are $33,794 a year.

Georgia Tech also claimed a spot on our Best Design & Applied Arts Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools award.

Rank College Location
15 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
16 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
17 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
18 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
18 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
18 Radford University Radford, VA

Design & Applied Arts by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Design & Applied Arts is one of 9 different types of programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Design

Related Major Annual Graduates
Music 8,012
Fine & Studio Arts 3,854
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 2,066
Drama & Theater Arts 1,884
Arts & Media Management 1,166

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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