Multi-faceted, tech savvy, innovative, and creative—these are just some of the words used to describe today’s graphic designer. Technology has forced designers of all kinds to step up their game in order to keep up. To meet this demand, many U.S. schools have also stepped it up. This has resulted in one of the world’s largest collection of top-tier graphic design programs. While some of the best graphic design programs can be found everywhere from Maine to New Mexico, some states have more than others. Massachusetts is one of those states.
With more than 5,500 salaried graphic designers, Massachusetts has one of the most impressive populations of professionals in this field. The state is also home to an impressive number of accredited colleges—120+ and counting. Many of these schools make the “best schools” list(s) each year. The most famous of them all, however, is Harvard University, which is considered the best in the nation by most college ranking agencies, and one of the top three best schools in the world.
College ranking agencies rank the best schools based on factors such as number of program offerings, class size, peer assessment, student selectivity, faculty resources, graduation and retention rates, and financial resources. Just a few of Massachusetts’s best graphic design school programs are offered at Boston’s New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and Salem State University.
Browse through our list below to review some of the best graphic design school programs in Massachusetts and what they have to offer.
Best Graphic Design School Programs - Major Massachusetts Cities
Northeastern University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Digital Art, Graphic Design; Combined Majors in Game Design, Interactive Media (type of degree awarded depends on the combination chosen); M. F. A. Studio Art
The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Graphic Design, Illustration; M. A. Graphic Design; Certificate in Graphic Design
University of Massachusetts Lowell - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Design, Emphases in Animation, Graphic Design, Interactive Media and Web Design
Best Graphic Design School Programs - Other Massachusetts Cities and Towns
Montserrat College of Art - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Animation and Interactive Media, Graphic Design, Illustration
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Visual Design with Concentration in Digital Media, Graphic Design, Illustration; M. F. A. Visual Design with Emphasis in Digital Media, Graphic Design or Illustration
Fitchburg State University - Degrees Offered: B. S. Communications Media with Concentration in Graphic Design, Interactive Media
Mount Ida College - Degrees Offered: B. S. Game Art and Animation, Graphic Design
Salem State University - Degrees Offered: B. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic Design, Interactive Multimedia; Graphic Design Certificate
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