There are more than 286,000 salaried graphic designers in the U.S. and thousands more are independent contractors, freelancers, or business owners. The demand for graphic designers is so high, the Bureau of labor Statistics predicts a 13 percent increase in employment by 2018. To meet the demand, schools across the country have increased the number of graphic designed programs offered or revamped existing ones. This means, there are literally hundreds of programs to choose from in any given region. In the southern region, some of the best programs are offered in the state of Georgia.
Georgia is home to more than 130 accredited colleges and universities and many are popular among aspiring designers and other artists. The best of the best, however, are determined by a number of college ranking agencies that release several official “best of” lists each year. Which schools eventually end up on the list depends on several factors. The number of program offerings, graduation and retention rates, peer assessment, faculty resources (student-teacher ratio), financial resources, and student selectivity are at the top of the list in the evaluation process.
Although not surprising, a number of Georgia schools made the list. They can be found in large cities such as Atlanta or smaller cities such as Carrollton. Just a few of Georgia’s best graphic design programs are offered at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and the University of West Georgia in Carrollton. To find out about other schools that made the list, take a look at our list below to review some of the best graphic design school programs in Georgia and what they have to offer.
Best Graphic Design School Programs - Major Georgia Cities
University of Georgia - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Emphasis in Art X: Expanded Forms, Graphic Design; M. F. A. Dramatic Media Production; Interdisciplinary Certificate in New Media
Georgia State University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Studio Art with Concentration in Graphic Design; M. F. A. Studio Art with Concentration in Graphic Design
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) – Degrees Offered: B. A. and B. F. A. in Animation (B. F. A. only), Graphic Design, Illustration, Motion Media Design (B. F. A. only) and Interactive Design and Game Development; M. A. and M. F. A. in Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Illustration Design (M. A. only), Motion Media Design and Interactive Design and Game Development. Traditional and online degree programs are available in most areas of study.
Best Graphic Design School Programs - Other Georgia Cities and Towns
University of West Georgia - Degrees Offered: B. A. and B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic Design
Kennesaw State University – B. F. A. Visual Arts with Concentration in Graphic Communication
Georgia Southern University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic Design; M. F. A. Fine Arts with Concentration in Graphic Design
More Programs to Consider:
- Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong, France, and Online via SCAD eLearning
- Winter Park, FL & Online
- San Francisco & Online