In today’s aggressive world of graphic design, professionals in this field are expected to do more than just create eye-catching designs. They create websites, they produce animated productions, and they use dozens of high-end software programs on a daily basis. Because companies expect more from today’s graphic designers, the average graphic design program requires intense study in multiple areas. Just think, the industries with the highest levels of employment in this field include publishing, printing, advertising, and even computer systems design. Fortunately, the U.S. is home to more top-tier graphic design schools than any other place in the world.
Graphic design schools can be found from coast to coast. It’s true, California, New York, Chicago, and Florida are home to dozens of design schools, but even states with a lower than average population have their fair share of schools for artists and designers of all kinds. Although off-the-beaten path, Montana—The Treasure State, has a lot to offer graphic designers, beginning with a state University system that loves creatives!
With nearly 6,000 salaried artists and designers, Montana has an impressive population of creative types, especially when compared to other smaller states. Even better is, the state is home to a community of nearly 600 salaried graphic designers and possibly hundreds of freelancers. Many of these designers trained at one of the state’s 20+ accredited colleges. Several of these schools are top-tier, and they offer some of the regions best graphic design programs.
Montana’s “best schools” made the list based on a variety of factors such as financial resources, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, and peer assessment. Organizations such as U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and Princeton Review assess schools based on these factors and more to create several “best schools” lists each year. While you might find dozens of “best” lists online, the best schools lists created by Forbes, U.S. News, and Princeton are the most well respected. Continue reading to find out which Montana schools made the list(s) and what they have to offer.
Best Graphic Design School Programs in Montana
Montana State University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Graphic Design
Montana State University (Northern) - Degrees Offered: B. A. Graphic Design,
A. A. S. Graphic Design
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