Advertising and marketing are essential to the growth and reputation of all entities from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Not only this, but companies need carefully executed creative materials such as manuals, memos, and more just to keep up with daily operations. For these reasons, the demand for graphic designers is high, but the demand is even greater for tech savvy designers, thanks to advances in technology and the rise of interactive media. This has made the field even more competitive.
In response to the demand for a new kind of graphic designer, many colleges and universities have traded their old design programs for new and improved programs that incorporate courses that cover areas such as social media, animation, film, mobile communications, and more. This means that finding a progressive graphic design school is no longer a challenge, but finding the best graphic design school might be. The good news is, there are a number of respectable firms that are dedicated to reporting which schools stand out from the rest.
Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes are just a few firms that publish a “best schools” list each year. To determine which schools deserve a place on the list, they consider factors such as financial resources, faculty resources, graduation and retention rates, student selectivity, number of program offerings, and peer assessment. In the District of Columbia, around 20 accredited colleges welcome thousands of students each year. One DC school is considered the best school for aspiring graphic designers.
Corcoran College of Art + Design is located in the heart of Washington DC and it is part of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Established in 1890, the college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Educational Licensure Commission licenses Corcoran to grant A.F.A., B.F.A., B.A., M.A., and M.A.T degrees. Degrees for graphic designers include an A. F. A. in Digital Media Design and Graphic Design and a B. F. A. in Digital Media Design and Graphic Design.
Although it doesn’t have a DC address, ITT Technical Institute in Chantilly, Virginia is listed as one of ITT’s Washington D.C. area locations. It’s only 24 miles west of DC and the school’s graphic design program is considered one of the best. Degrees offered include: A.A.S. Graphic Communications and Design, B.S. Digital Entertainment and Game Design; A.A.S Visual Communications; and an A.A.S Information Technology w/Multimedia Option.