Industrial and Product Design

Industrial design is the creation of a product that’s intended for mass production, and earning the degree involves multidisciplinary study that is as creative as it is calculating. Industrial design is used in many industries, ranging from car design to packaging design to product design, and it includes conceptualizing and designing the product, as well as creating a manufacturing plan for said product. Industrial design degrees are available at the baccalaureate and master levels.

Baccalaureate

Studying industrial design means learning about several other areas of study, as well. Notably, graphic design and computer-aided design (CAD) will be crucial elements during the 4-year program. The curriculum will often include techniques used in manufacturing, the principles of design, art history, and wood and metal work. Functionality, user experience, and aesthetics are of equal importance, along with the ability to mass manufacture, which all must be taken into account.

Baccalaureates in industrial design are usually offered as a Bachelor of Art (BA) in Industrial Design or a Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) in Industrial Design. The difference between a BA and a BFA is ultimately simple: the ratio of general education classes and major course classes are inverted. In a BA program, students will spend 60% of their time in liberal arts classes and 40% in major-specific classes. In a BFA program, 60% of students’ time will be in major-specific courses, while 40% will be spent in liberal arts courses. Often, BFAs are considered pre-professional degrees because of their more intensive training.

Career paths for graduates with a Bachelor’s in Industrial Design: Industrial Designer. This major translates directly into a profession, with an average salary of $62,000. There is some limitation on industry based on location, such as most of the auto industry is located in Michigan, so graduates should be prepared to relocate if their passion is in a specific area.

Master Level

While it’s not required to have a graduate degree, earning an Master's degree in Industrial Design can result in more advanced knowledge, as well as more experience in the research aspect of the field. Entrepeneurialship is often a focus at this level, as well as the protection of intellectual property and advanced work in modeling programs.

Industrial design degrees at this level are offered as either a Master’s in Industrial Design or a Master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design. The ratios for liberal arts to major-specific courses mimics the BA versus BFA degrees, with the primary difference being that an MFA is considered a terminal degree. Terminal degrees make graduates eligible to teach in higher education. Both will make individuals more competitive in the industrial designing field.

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Colleges

Stanford University

Stanford University is a research institution located in the California town of the same name. The more than 8,000-acre campus features seven schools, the largest of which is the School of Humanities and Sciences, and 80 residential facilities. With...

“…by far the most diverse, relaxed campus full of happy, friendly students of all ages. clean, green and exuding student pride everywhere you go. the best choice anyone could ever make!” – Dahlton from Jackson, CA

Arizona State University-Tempe

Arizona State University, located in Tempe, Arizona, is a large public university founded in 1886, making it the first higher education institution in the state. ASU also has campuses in downtown Phoenix, in Glendale, a Polytechnic in Mesa, in Lake...

“…Fantastic programs to fit every type of student! Whether you prefer an online or brick-and-mortar college experience, or if you are in a transitional period of your adult life- this college has the degree plan for you! Best educational decision I...” – Jessica

Purdue University-Main Campus

Purdue University-West Lafayette is a public research university founded in 1869 and the main campus of the Purdue University System. Purdue is home to 11 colleges and schools including a nationally renowned School of Engineering conferring degrees...

“…Purdue University is filled with surprises. No one would expect a school in central Indiana to be one of the most diverse, most academically rigorous, most involved, healthiest, and inspiring universities in the world. It is literally difficult to...” – Evan from Placentia, CA

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

The University of Washington is a selective institution located in Seattle, WA, with two satellite campuses in Bothell and Tacoma. At this Public Ivy, sustainability is a major focus and the school has made The Princeton Review Green College Honor...

“…This school is inclusive, and has a great sense of community. I love visiting my friends here. The education is amazing.” – Peyton from Ellensburg, WA

Ohio State University-Main Campus

Originally founded as a land-grant university in 1870, Ohio State University is a public institution in Columbus and the third-largest campus in the nation. OSU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 200 academic fields of study. In addition to classroom...

“…There is no other place I would have chosen to pursue my higher education. Ohio State offers rigorous academics as well as plenty of organizations for students to participate in! In short, Ohio State offers everything you could ever want.” – Cherieanne from Chattanooga, TN

Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, research institution located in the New York town of the same name. SU’s 13 academic divisions offer 200 majors and 100 minors for undergraduate students, as well as multiple international study programs in  60...

“…Syracuse University has a very distinct atmosphere: it is very inviting, yet allows you to feel free in your individuality. Twenty inches of snow is common so snow days are basically non-existent; in order words, don't expect classes to be cancelled...” – Fatima from Staten Island, NY & Richmond, VA

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a public institution in central Illinois and the flagship campus of the U of I system. UIUC is home to 15 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 150 areas of...

“…the people on campus - students, professors, counselors - are all extremely welcoming, friendly and helpful, so do not feel intimidated. despite being located in central illinois, there are plenty of things to keep you busy in campus-town and the...” – sophia from glenview, il

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

Georgia Institute of Technology, more commonly known as Georgia Tech, is a 4-year research institution offering technology-focused education based out of Atlanta, GA. The institution has a number of instructional sites, including online and physical...

“…It is a school where you will constantly ask yourself why you are here. However, it is also the only school where you could ver see yourself being at.” – George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA

Clemson University

Clemson University is America’s second-largest university by student population and South Carolina’s land- and sea-grant institution. Clemson is home to seven colleges and schools offering bachelor’s degrees in more than 80 academic majors. For...

“…Clemson University is a community that strives to promote equality among it's students, promote environmental sustainability through numerous on-campus programs, and provide a rigorous education for preparation for their career field. Clemson also...” – Matthew from Mount Pleasant, SC

University of Houston

The University of Houston is a public research institution and the third-largest university in Texas. UH is home to 16 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in 108 fields of study. A diverse campus, UH has been designated an Hispanic-...

“…University of Houston is a great school, has a diverse environment, as well as having an active community. The university students display lots of UH pride and very inclusive for all types of people. Because of the diversity and openness of the...” – Linh from Houston, TX

Auburn University
Auburn University, AL
Auburn University

Auburn University is a 4-year public research institution and the second largest university in Alabama. Auburn encompasses 15 colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 140 academic majors. Outside of the classroom, Auburn is home to...

“…auburn is a wonderful school with rich history and tradition. the faculty and staff are excellent and friendly, and always willing to help. the student life here is incredibly varied and offers something for everyone.” – Joshua from Auburn, AL

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, also known as Virginia Tech, is a 4-year public research university in western Virginia. Virginia Tech encompasses nine colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in 110 academic majors. To promote...

“…I am a transfer student from George Mason, and I have never regretted my decision! There is so much school spirit here, and no matter who you are or where you are from, you will find your niche at Virginia Tech. There are so many resources here...” – Nicole from Blacksburg, VA

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

Founded in 1919, the University of Cincinnati is a 4-year public research institution and the second largest university in the state of Ohio. UC is home to 14 colleges and schools conferring degrees and is renowned as the first school to offer a co...

“…This campus is small enough to get to your classes in a reasonable time, but still big to find fun things to do. They have great places to eat with lots of variety. The people are all really friendly.” – Alex from Cincinnati, OH

University of Kansas

The University of Kansas is a public research institution. The main campus is located in Lawrence, Kansas, and is one of five in the University of Kansas system. KU offers more than 200 undergraduate majors in one of the largest college towns in the...

“…i attended girl's state at ku this summer. ku has an absolutely gorgeous campus, a friendly environment, and so many great programs to choose from. i cannot wait to attend ku in the fall of 2017. ” – adrienne from dodge city, ks

Drexel University

Named for a prominent 19th century philanthropist, Drexel University is a 4-year private research university in Philadelphia. Drexel offers bachelor’s degrees in over 80 academic majors with an emphasis on experiential learning. Additionally, the...

“…Drexel is an incredible school because of its focus on experiential learning. Students here have a huge advantage over their peers if they take advantage of the co-ops. Some can graduate with up to a year and a half of major-related job experience.” – Xavier from Littlestown, PA

Iowa State University

Iowa State University is a public, land-grant university located in Ames, IA. The 1,813-acre campus features 6 undergraduate colleges offering 100+ majors, as well as residence hall, apartment-style, and Greek-life housing options for more than 35...

“…Iowa State University is one of the best colleges you can go to for a quality education. The campus is absolutely beautiful, and everyone is so friendly. There are always so many opportunities and activities to do around Ames which is why it was...” – Clarice from Ames, IA

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

North Carolina State University is a public land-, sea-, and space-grant research university located in the state capital, Raleigh, home of the annual state fair and Winterfest. The largest university in the Carolinas by enrollment, NC State is home...

“…A big school in a medium city with a small-community feel. With over 35,000 students and two huge campuses, you feel like you're part of one very extensive family. Everyone's part of the Wolf Pack!” – Clare from Conyers, GA

Brigham Young University-Provo

Brigham Young University-Provo is a private research institution located in Provo, Utah, and founded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. BYU offers study abroad programs through their satellite campuses in more than 20 sites,...

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University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah

The University of Utah is a public research instititution situated in Salt Lake City that offers more than 100 undergraduate majors. The U is home to three professional arts organizations to complement the College of Fine Arts, and even features a 3...

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Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University is a research institution located in Pittsburgh, PA. Founded by steel magnate Andrew Carnegie in 1900, CMU is labeled the #24 University in the World by Times Higher Education and has been rated #25 in National Universities...

“…Carnegie Mellon University offers an intense four years of training and education for all its students, regardless of their major. Each and every student is immeasurably passionate about their field of study. After graduation, students come out in...” – Austin from Shaker Heights, OH

Appalachian State University

Originally founded as a teachers college, Appalachian State University is a 4-year public university in the Blue Ridge Mountains region of North Carolina. As a campus of the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian is home to six colleges...

“…appalachian state university is a wonderful school that fosters an amazing environment for learning and personal growth. in such a short time i have grown to love this university and the small college town that surrounds it as my own home away from...” – Joseph from Winston Salem, NC

San Jose State University

San Jose State University is the oldest public university on the west coast, and is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University System. Located on 154 acres in downtown San Jose, SJSU offers more than 145 areas of study with an...

“…San Jose State University is a beautiful campus where a person could just sit and hang out with their friends or go downtown where all other students are studying or just talking. SJSU provides a variety of activities including sororities...” – Kaela from Fairfield, CA

University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago is a public research university located in the Windy City. UIC’s 15 colleges and schools offer 87 bachelor’s degrees, 53 certificates, and more than 150 graduate degrees, as well as multiple research...

“…uic is a great choice for students who are in the chicago area. there are many opportunities for all majors be it business, medicine, or engineering. the growth uic has shown in the last few years is promising, and sooner or later will be a flagship...” – filip from lake zurich, il

San Francisco State University

Originally founded as a teacher training college, San Francisco State University is a 4-year public institution and a Bay Area-based campus of the California State University System. SF State offers bachelor’s degrees in 77 fields of study and...

“…You can tell that (most) teachers really care about their students, and have been doing their best to be there despite all of the drastic budget cuts. It has impacted the availability of services, which is disappointing; but you can see where the...” – Liz from Daly City, CA

Montclair State University

Montclair State University is a 4-year public institution in northern New Jersey and the second largest university in the state. Montclair State is home to 11 colleges and schools conferring over 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees and the...

“…Montclair State University is a beautiful school and i definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a college to attend. The class sizes are good for learning and the professors are very helpful! You learn more at this school than you could...” – Tabish from Bergenfield, NJ

Pratt Institute-Main

The Pratt Institute is a private college based in Brooklyn, NY. Pratt offers more than 25 undergraduate degree programs and concentrations, more than 26 graduate degree programs, and six programs leading to an Advanced Certificate award. The 25-acre...

“…An inviting environment with a curriculum that will push all your boundaries at abilities. Pratt encourages a student to try new things and not be afraid to take a risk. One with a creative mind and the drive to make it in the bustling city should...” – SIERRA from Belleville, MI

Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago is a private non-profit college located in the heart of Chicago. The one and only campus has more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs to choose from, in addition to programs available entirely online. Every...

“…It is a great place to learn because there are THOUSANDS of opportunities literally thrown at you. Our school has enough money to have actual celebrities and successful leaders in the field of our choice of industry to come and speak. The hands-on...” – Tayler from Chicago, IL

Western Washington University

Western Washington University is a public institution located in the coastal city of Bellingham. WWU offers more than 160 academic programs on the campus, which is surrounding by 6 miles of trails for students to explore. The university was named a...

“…beautiful campus full of friendly, welcoming people. a diverse amount of academic programs with excellence in many. in the middle of an awesome town with many attractions and places to go. ” – Kyle from Shoreline, WA

California State University-Long Beach

California State University-Long Beach is a public institution and the most applied-to campus in the 23 campus CSU system. The university is home to eight schools, with a majority of students attending the College of Business and the College of...

“…This school requires a good amount of studying and focus, plus you'll be walking quite a bit from class to class. It has a laid back atmosphere, and the teachers are helpful. It's a very good value for the price. ” – Paul from Long Beach, CA

Ferris State University

Ferris State University is a 4-year public university in west central Michigan. Ferris State is home to eight colleges conferring over 190 undergraduate degrees as well as an honors program. For students who wish to learn in a foreign culture, Ferris...

“…This is a great school if you are looking for outcomes. They get you places in your life. However, initiative is key, they aren't going to babysit you. ” – Autumn from Coopersville, MI

University of Plymouth

University of Plymouth is located in Plymouth, England, with affiliated campuses located throughout South West England. The Royal Statistical Society selected Plymouth as the home for the Centre for Statistical Education and has been awarded the...

The New School

Formed by the merger of Parsons Design School and Eugene Lang Liberal Arts College, The New School is a progressive research university in New York City. The New School consists of colleges and schools of Design, Liberal Arts, Performing Arts, Social...

“…A very progressive liberal arts college. Great campus. Cool teachers. For students looking to think outside the box.” – Tammy from Brooklyn, NY

Fashion Institute of Technology

The Fashion Institute of Technology is a public college of design, fashion, and art in New York City and part of the State University of New York system. FIT offers undergraduate programs in 29 fashion and artistic disciplines such as Menswear,...

“…The Fashion Institute of Technology isn't solely based on the studying of fashion. Inspiration comes from a variety of sources, from your peers, to the New York City skyline. Lastly the opportunities are endless.” – Kedrick from New York, NY

Rochester Institute of Technology

The Rochester Institute of Technology is a 4-year private university of technology, arts, and design in northwest New York State. RIT is home to 11 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees. Additionally, RIT offers a co-op program that...

“…RIT accepts a lot of people, but not many stay. It's not because the brilliant computer labs, gym, pool, libraries, pleasant dorms and grounds, or the other great amenities are dissatisfying... It is because RIT is a genuinely challenging, hands-on...” – Gabrielle from Franklinville, NY

Savannah College of Art and Design

Founded in 1978, the Savannah College of Art and Design is a private arts university with two locations in Georgia, one in Hong Kong, and a study abroad location in Lacoste, France. With a goal of preparing students for creative professions, SCAD...

“…SCAD is an amazing creative environment that pushes students to excel in their future career paths. With their endless resources and connections it is guaranteed you will land your dream job. If you want to be apart of an inspiring, supportive and...” – Madison

Kean University

Founded in 1855, Kean University is a public school in northeast New Jersey and the state’s first public post-secondary institution of higher learning. Kean grants undergraduate degrees in over 50 areas of study and graduates the most teachers in the...

“…Kean University is a great school to attend if you like diversity, a beautiful campus, and a great education.” – Brianna from Piscataway, NJ

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)

Jefferson is a 4-year institution born out of a merger between Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University. TJU was founded in 1824 and, as of 2015, was the largest free-standing health sciences university in the state. Philadelphia U was...

“…I visited the campus and really enjoyed the atmosphere as a whole. The campus is conveniently located in the midst of the city and the outer banks of the suburbs. The area has a lot to offer and the school's Power To Do slogan really motivates you to...” – Jamie from Williamstown, NJ

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College is a private liberal arts institution in Pennsylvania that was founded in 1864. The college was founded by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and its "most selective" admissions process is also need-blind. The 425-acre...

“…Swarthmore is a small liberal arts school and is perfect for students who are interested in social justice and diversity. The faculty are very caring and reach out to students with opportunities and advice. Some things that students are working on to...” – Kelly from Los Angeles, CA

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The second largest university in Louisiana, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a 4-year public school and part of the UL system. Louisiana Lafayette is home to nine colleges and schools offering bachelor’s degrees in 80 academic majors....

“…A ten out of ten. There is plenty of diversity as well as clubs and organizations. Ninety percent of the classes do not exceed forty and the professors love to interact with and get to know us by name. Attending the University of Louisiana-Lafayette...” – Kayla from Baton Rouge, LA

University of Bridgeport

With campus along the coast of the Long Island Sound, the University of Bridgeport is a private institution in southern Connecticut. UB is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Health Sciences offering degrees in over 125 academic...

“…The university is warm, welcoming and dedicated to their students. Expect to receive a packed pamphlet full of activities and ways for you to get used to the campus and surrounding area. Also, the dean and professors are very active in the lives of...” – Rachael from Torrington, CT

SUNY Buffalo State

Founded in 1871, SUNY Buffalo State is a public school in Buffalo and the largest 4-year college in the State University of New York System. SUNY Buffalo State is home to schools of Arts & Humanities, Education, the Professions, and Sciences, and is...

“…Buff State is an amazing college and the campus is beautiful. The buildings interiors are decked in posters and exhibits and maps and all types of visual information. The teachers there are willing to dedicate their time to help students and lead...” – Richard from Buffalo, NY

Rhode Island School of Design

The Rhode Island School of Design is a fine arts college in the state capital of Providence and one of the first art and design institutions in the United States. RISD confers bachelor’s degrees in 21 fine arts fields of study such as Ceramics,...

“…This school is an incredibly challenging school, however the ability to grow as an artist and a designer is limitless. The amount of talent and dedication here is something that doesn't exist at other schools and is something that forces a student to...” – William

University of New South Wales (UNSW-Sydney)

The University of New South Wales is an Australian public university in the Sydney metro area. UNSW is home to nine academic faculties conferring undergraduate degrees and is a member of the Australian coalition of research universities known as...

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Wentworth Institute of Technology is 4-year college in Boston, Massachusetts. Wentworth is comprised of four colleges: Architecture, Design, and Construction Management; Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Computer Science; and Professional and...

“…Situated in Boston, MA, Wentworth provides an inclusive environment for prospective students in STEM fields. With guaranteed co-op experience, a wide variety of clubs and student-run organizations, and a well-structured academic system, Wentworth...” – Connor from Haverhill, MA

Cedarville University

Founded by the Reformed Presbyterian Church in 1887, Cedarville University is a 4-year Baptist school in southwest Ohio. Cedarville offers undergraduate degrees in more than 150 biblically integrated academic programs and each program features a...

“…a great place to receive an education while having a campus centered on christ. the staff is focused on helping the students succeed and broaden our horizons. cedarville will stretch your faith and encourage you to keep growing. ” – Need to Knows

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a 4-year public urban university in the heart of downtown Denver. MSU Denver is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Professional Studies conferring undergraduate degrees in over 85...

“…MSU Denver is an institution highly concerned with the advancement of students' knowledge in order to contribute to the world around them. Along with contributing to the world around, MSU Denver is very focused on expanding creativity and searching...” – Victoria

Otis College of Art and Design is a private school of fine arts and fashion design in Los Angeles. Otis grants bachelor’s degrees in seven art & design-centered majors such as Digital Media, Fashion Design, and Architecture. Additionally, all first...

“…Otis is a very challenging art institution and the students sacrifice a lot in order to achieve their goals there. In the end, all the hard work pays off, and these students turn into the artists they have always dreamed of becoming. Furthermore,...” – Fran

Lawrence Technological University

Originally founded in a building leased from Henry Ford, Lawrence Technological University is a private institution focused on STEM education. Lawrence Tech is home to colleges of Business & IT, Arts & Sciences, Architecture, and Engineering...

“…This is a great school for those who are passionate about really learning and seeing progress in technological research happen. Many classes are hands on and will require you to fabricate items already in your first year, which allows you to gain...” – Maximillian from Southfield, MI

Bunker Hill Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Boston, Massachusetts. The college offers courses at all hours, including daytime, afternoon, early-evening, late-evening, midnight, and weekends, with fully-online options...

“…Bunker Hill Community College is a community college dedicated to give you a brighter future for less without cutting you short of information. The students who attend the college are friendly and can help you know your way around the school by...” – Alyssa from Malden, MA

The University of the Arts

The University of the Arts is a private visual and performing arts institution. It was founded in 1876 and is one of the oldest art schools in the nation. Popular majors include dance, illustration, and music performance. The university provides an...

“…I love My school! and I love Philly.” – Masad from Philadelphia, PA

Owens Community College is a public, 2-year institution with campus locations in Toledo and Findlay, Ohio. Owens offers over 100 academic programs, including a number of Dual Admission Express Programs, which guarantee admission to regional colleges...

“…The classes are pretty small which is good for individual attention as well as the very kind and helpful student body. Owens is a great school whether you are attending right after high school or are a returning student.” – Ashleigh from Sylvania, OH

Jackson College is a public, 2-year institution established in Jackson County, Michigan. The campus features The George E. Potter Center, which houses entertainment events in its three theaters all throughout the year. While the college offers many...

“…I rate them a 8.” – Joseph from Jackson, MI

University of Wisconsin-Stout

Founded by a lumber magnate, the University of Wisconsin-Stout is a public university in northwest Wisconsin and the UW system’s designated polytechnic university. UW Stout features six career clusters offering undergraduate degrees in 50 academic...

“…Great school if you're looking for smaller campus. Laptop program is awesome and so is textbook rental program - no need to search for & buy your books, just check out and return to library when class is done! Professors are great to work with if you...” – Sophmore @ Stout

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Pennsylvania College of Technology is an applied technology college and part of the Pennsylvania State University system. Penn College operates a main campus in Williamsport, PA, as well as four satellite campuses in the northern region of the state,...

“…You can tell the teachers really care about students; a lot of them will go above and beyond to help you succeed. The small class sizes allow you to ask questions and interact with classmates; the professor actually knows your name and it's just a...” – Amanda from Lititz, PA

Walla Walla University

Walla Walla University is a private institution founded in 1892 and is founded on Christian teachings and values of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Walla Walla is rated as having a “selective” admissions process and orchestrates an honors program...

“…The teachers are always willing to help you, even if you just need to talk. The level of education and resources at this university are phenomenal; we have a wide variety of teachers that have excellent application experience to what they're teaching...” – Liliya from Alvarado, TX

Kingston University London

Located just 25 minutes from central London, Kingston University offers internationally-recognized qualifications and welcomes around 100 new students from the USA every year, with many more on Study Abroad and exchange programs. Founded in 1899, the...

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Founded in response to a 19th century state edict requiring city public schools to include classes on drawing, the Massachusetts College of Art & Design is an art school in Boston. MassArt confers a Bachelor of Arts degree featuring 18 artistic...

“…MassArt is a tremendous place for artists that are seeking a tight-knit community. You are surrounded by people who are passionate (for the most part) about art and creating. The faculty here is absolutely incredible and hearing opinions from working...” – Molly from Lynn, MA

College for Creative Studies

Originally founded as the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, the College for Creative Studies is a private college in Detroit specializing in artistic and creative education. CCS confers bachelor’s degrees in 12 arts-related fields of study and all...

“…College for Creative Studies is the best thing that has happened to me. The teachers and students there are so passionate about their work. It is one of the top schools in the country for a reason.” – Nathaniel from Troy, MI

Cleveland Institute of Art

The Cleveland Institute of Art is a college of arts, media, and design in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood. CIA confers degrees in 15 artistic majors such as Animation, Game Design, and Ceramics. In addition, CIA requires all students to...

“…The campus is great and has such a close community. You feel right at home once you have been here!” – Rachel from Meadville, PA

Formerly known as Universidad del Turabo, the Ana G. Méndez University-Gurabo campus is a private school in the eastern center of Puerto Rico. AGMU Gurabo offers over 100 academic programs conferring bachelor’s, associate degrees, and certificates...

“…Great campus. Excellent Faculty. Excellent Curriculum. ” – Nelson from Puerto Rico

California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts is a Bay Area-based school of art and design with campuses in San Francisco and Oakland. CCA is home to 22 undergraduate programs in core disciplines of Architecture, Fine Arts, Design, and Humanities....

“…A place where every art interacts and mixes together. CCA encourages students to interact with other majors and strengthen connections for the future. With teachers who are currently working in the art world, students get a taste of what their lives...” – Someone from San Francisco

Community College of Allegheny County is a public, 2-year institution located throughout Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, Oakdale, West Mifflin, Washington, Monroeville, and Braddock Hills. With over 150 academic programs leading to a variety of career...

“…i would definitely give them the highest rating possible for various reasons. in their own way they exceed even the ivy league schools. 10 out of 10; 100 out of a 100; whatever the variable they are tops.” – Sandra from Rillton, PA

Columbus College of Art and Design

Founded in 1879, The Columbus College of Art & Design is one of the oldest art and design colleges in the United States. With a campus adjacent to the Columbus Museum of Art, CCAD confers bachelor’s degrees in 12 artistic fields of study such as...

“…Great environment, and everyone is so crazy and wonderful. It's a lot of fun going here, but be prepared to work. This is not a push over school, but the education and job opportunities are totally worth the stress.” – Madison from Middletown, OH

CUNY LaGuardia Community College

LaGuardia Community College is a 2-year community college in New York City and a component institution of the City University of New York system. LaGuardia confers associate degrees and certificates in over 60 academic fields of study. In addition,...

“…since im in usa i always wanted to go here. it was my big dream. the school is just awesome. professors are very nice and they know how to teach,at least the ones i had. ” – Mariola from Woodside, NY

GateWay Community College Arizona is a public, 2-year institution established in Phoenix, and it is a member of the Maricopa County Community College District. GateWay offers over 150 academic programs, including associate’s degree and certificate...

“…Gateway Community College has been a great learning experience. The instructors and advising team are very helpful in guiding you for your success. The Gateway Community College team are very involved in helping students complete their career goals...” – Claudia from Gilbert, AZ

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design is a professional art school based in the Historic Third Ward district of Milwaukee. MIAD provides students their own studio space starting sophomore year.  The most popular majors are graphic design,...

“…Very small and intimate school. Everyone I met there was really helpful with the admissions process. Portfolio review was very insightful!” – Michelle from Janesville, WI

The Cranbrook Academy of Art is a private, graduate institution established on the 319-acre campus of the Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The Academy provides graduate study opportunities in eleven departments including...

Originally founded as the New Hampshire Technical Institute, NHTI, Concord’s Community College is a 2-year institution in New Hampshire’s capital city. NHTI is home to 92 areas of study with 12 programs available entirely online. In addition to their...

“…NHTI is a fantastic community college with a outstanding Nursing program. The professors are very easy to work with and are supportive. The clubs on campus make campus life for both residents and commuters a great time.” – Steve from Penacook, NH

With campus a short distance from the English Channel, The Arts University at Bournemouth is a school of the visual and performing arts in southern England. AUB awards undergraduate degrees in 23 artistic and creative fields of study such as Make-Up...

Established in 1965, the School of Plastic Arts and Design of Puerto Rico is a public, 4-year institution located in San Juan. The college offers a bachelor’s degree program in Plastic Arts, with concentrations available in Graphic Arts, Industrial...

Falmouth University is a special-focus institution located in Cornwall, England. Founded in 1902 as Falmouth School of Arts, Falmouth earned its university status in 2012 and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in creative industries such as...

University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is an institution located in the city of the same name. Founded in 1881, the redbrick university is proud of their founding mission, ‘for the advancement of learning and enoblement of life,’ which they still maintain today...