The graphic design industry has changed dramatically over the years. Advances in technology and an increase in the different types of media demand a different kind of graphic designer that can keep up. Today’s graphic designer must be as tech savvy as a computer whiz and as multi-talented as fine artist. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “jobseekers in this field are expected to face keen competition,” so “graphic designers with both web design and animation experience will have the best opportunities.” This is surely the case in Maryland, where nearly 4,000 salaried graphic designers live and work.
Maryland graphic designers work at advertising agencies, graphic design firms, and web design firms. They also work in-house at academic institutions, non-profit agencies, fortune 500 companies, and more. In addition to a high (and diverse) population of graphic designers, Maryland is home to more than 60 accredited colleges and universities. Many offer some of the nation’s best programs for aspiring graphic designers.
Schools such as Morgan State University (Baltimore) and Salisbury University (Salisbury) made the “best” list based on a number of factors such as student selectivity, class size, peer assessment, number of program offerings, financial resources, and graduation and retention rates. College ranking “agencies” such as Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report use these factors to help whittle down the list of schools to the very best.
Browse through our list below to review some of the best graphic design school programs in Maryland and what they have to offer.
Best Graphic Design School Programs - Major Maryland Cities
Maryland Institute College of Art - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Animation, Drawing, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interaction Design and Art; M. F. A. Graphic Design, Illustration Practice, Photographic and Electronic Media; Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Graphic Design
Morgan State University - Degrees Offered: B. A. Fine Arts with Concentration in Graphic Design, Illustration
University of Maryland – Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Visual Arts with Concentration in Animation/Interactive Media or Graphic Design; M. F. A. Imaging and Digital Arts
Best Graphic Design Programs – Other Maryland Cities and Towns
University of Maryland – Degrees Offered: B. A. Studio Art with Concentration in Digital Media, Graphic Design; M. F. A. Art with Concentration in Digital Media/New Genre
Frostburg State University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Visual Arts with Concentration in Graphic Design
Salisbury University - Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic Design, New Media
Towson University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art and Design with Concentration in Digital Art and Design, Graphic Design, Illustration; M. F. A. Studio Art; Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Interactive Media Design
More Programs to Consider:
- Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong, France, and Online via SCAD eLearning