Indiana is perfectly ok with being the underdog, but because it lives in Chicago’s shadow, many artists and graphic designers wonder if the state has what it takes to produce and retain top talent. Based on the number of top-tier colleges with excellent graphic design programs, it’s safe to say that the state has no problems producing prolific graphic designers and helping them find work at local firms. While many work at firms in major Indiana cities such as Indianapolis and Bloomington, others take advantage of the affordable cost of living here and commute to Chicago for work.
Many Indiana schools are on the list of “best” schools for graphic designers. Ranking agencies such as Princeton Review consider factors such as the number of program offerings, faculty resources, graduation and retention rates, financial resources, student selectivity, and peer assessment when determining which schools deserve a spot on the list. Several of the state’s 105+ accredited colleges made the list based on these factors and more. They can be found in major cities such as Indianapolis and Fort Wayne or small towns such as Kokomo and St. Mary of the Woods.
Browse through our list below to review some of Indiana’s best graphic design school programs and what they have to offer.
Best Graphic Design School Programs - Major Indiana Cities
Indiana University Bloomington - Degrees Offered: B. A. and B. F. A. Graphic Design, Digital Art; B. S. Informatics; M F. A. Digital Art, Graphic Design
Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Visual Communication and Design with Concentration in Computer Art/Design or Graphic Design
University of Saint Francis - Degrees Offered: B. A. Communication Arts and Graphic Design, Computer Art; M. A. Studio Art with Computer Arts Major Area
University of Indianapolis - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Visual Communication Design/Graphic Design
Best Graphic Design School Programs - Other Indiana Cities and Towns
Indiana University Kokomo - Degrees Offered: B. A. and B. S. in New Media Communication with Concentration in Graphic Design, Digital Development, Video Game Design, Web Design and Generalist (Individual Concentration). B. S. Informatics
Indiana University Southeast - Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Fine Arts with Concentration in Graphic Design; B. S. Informatics, Computer Graphics Technology
University of Notre Dame - Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Graphic Design; M. F. A. Graphic Design
St. Mary of the Woods
Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods-College - Degrees Offered: B. A. Graphic Design
Indiana State University - Degrees Offered: B. S. Art with Concentration in Graphic Design, 2D Arts (Computer Art); B. F. A. Fine Arts with Concentration in Graphic Design, Computer Art; B. A. and B. S. Communication with Concentration in Electronic Media; M. A. Art (Studio) with Concentration in Graphic Design; M. F. A. Fine Art with Concentration in Graphic Design
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