Arkansas is home to 51 Title IV Degree-Granting colleges and universities. To meet the requirements to become a Title IV school, the institution must meet five requirements. It must (1) offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length, (2) have been in business for at least two years, (3) have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (4) grant an associate's degree or higher, and (5) have signed a participation agreement with the Department. Once a school has Title IV status, it becomes eligible for federal financial-aid programs. This makes them more accessible to students that may need help meeting tuition costs.
Fortunately, several Title IV Arkansas schools offer top-tier art and design programs. This includes graphic design. Just a few popular options include the College of Fine Arts at Arkansas State University, the Department of Art at University of Arkansas, and the College of Fine Arts and Communication at the University of Central Arkansas.
Continue reading to find out which Arkansas schools offer programs for aspiring graphic designers and how much you can expect to pay.
Most Expensive Arkansas Graphic Design Schools
John Brown University, Siloam Springs – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $23,398, Graduate $9,864 (9 credit hours per semester/$548 per credit hour-PCH) for the 2015-2016 school year
Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $11,480, Graduate $7,838 for 2015-2016 school year
Least Expensive Arkansas Graphic Design Schools
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Fayetteville – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate resident $7,028, nonresident $20,332; Graduate resident $8,095 (9 credit hours per semester/$449.77), nonresident $18,672 (9 credit hours per semester/$1037.34 PCH) for the 2015-2016 school year
Henderson State University, Arkadelphia – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $4,968 (12 credit hours per semester/$207 PCH, nonresidents $10,248 (12 credit hours per semester/$427 PCH) for the 2015-2016 school year
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $4,944 (based on 12 credit hours per semester/$206 PCH), nonresidents $13,800 (12 hours per semester, $575/PCH); Graduate residents $5,400 (9 credit hours per semester, $300/PCH), nonresidents $12,420 (9 credit hours per semester/$690 PCH) for the 2015-2016 school year
Northwest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville – Tuition Cost: $75.00/PCH in-district, $122.50/PCH out-of-district, $125.00/PCH out-of-state, $175.00/PCH international for the 2015-2016 school year
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Arkansas Graphic Design Scene
Arkansas is home to a good number of creative agencies, design firms, web design companies and studios that may offer employment opportunities for graphic designers. Just a few include:
- Agency501, Little Rock
- CJRW, Little Rock, Springdale
- Communications Group, Little Rock
- Eric Rob & Isaac, Little Rock
- Point Happy Interactive, Little Rock
- Rockfish, Rogers
- Sells Agency, Little Rock
- Stone Ward, Little Rock
- Thoma Thoma, Little Rock
Next, the state is home to 8,360 professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media (ADESM) occupations. They average $40,930 per year. Of this group, an impressive 990 are salaried graphic designers. They average $39,950 per year. The top industries for graphic designers are specialized design services; advertising, public relations, and related services; printing and related support activities; newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishers, and computer systems design and related services.
While employment opportunities can be found in many cities across the state, consider beginning your job search in major cities. The top five largest cities are Little Rock, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Springdale, and Jonesboro. Also worth exploring are North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff, and Bentonville.
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