In today’s tattered economy, businesses need all the positive attention they can get. This, along with advances in technology and the growth of various forms of media, has made the graphic design industry one of the fastest growing industries in the country. As a result, designers with a talent for influencing consumers through creativity and design are in high demand now more than ever before. To meet the demand, many of the nations best colleges and universities have created comprehensive graphic design programs or expanded existing ones. This means, finding a good graphic design school is no longer a tough task, but finding the best graphic design schools might require a little legwork.
Fortunately, firms such as Forbes, Princeton Review, and U.S. News & World Report publish a number of “best schools” lists each year. To determine which schools deserve a spot 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. Many of Missouri’s 135+ accredited schools scored high in all areas, and a number of them offer programs for graphic designers.
Missouri’s graphic design schools can be found all over the state from St. Louis to Warrensburg. Just a few of the best programs are offered at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas, and Webster University in St. Louis. Continue reading to find out about more about which Missouri schools made the list and what they have to offer.
Best Graphic School Programs - Major Missouri Cities
University of Missouri - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art, B. F. A. Art with Graphic Design Focus, M. F. A. Art, M. F. A. Art with Graphic Design Focus
Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Illustration, Painting, Digital Filmmaking, Animation, Digital Media, Graphic Design
Missouri State University – Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Option in Computer Animation, Digital Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration; B. S. Electronic Arts with Option in Computer Animation Studies, Multimedia Studies
Missouri Western State University – Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Digital Animation, Graphic Design, Studio Art with Concentration in Illustration; M. A. A. Integrated Media
University of Missouri - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Studio Art with Graphic Design Emphasis
Webster University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Alternative Media, Graphic Design Emphasis, B. A. Interactive Digital Media; M. A. Art with Graphic Design Emphasis
Best Graphic Design School Programs – Other Missouri Cities and Towns
Southeast Missouri State University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Concentration in 3D Imaging and Animation, Graphic Design; B. S. Technology Management, Computer and Multimedia Graphics Option; M. S. Technology Management with Focus on Graphics and Multimedia
Missouri Southern State University - Degrees Offered: B. A. Art with Graphic Design Emphasis
Northwest Missouri State - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Graphic Design Specialization, B. S. Interactive Digital Media with Visual Imaging Concentration, Computer Science Concentration or New Media Concentration
University of Central Missouri - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Graphic Design, Studio Art with Illustration Emphasis
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