The U.S. is home to more than 286,000 salaried graphic designers and this figure doesn’t include independent contractors, freelancers, and business owners. The demand for salaried graphic designers is so high that the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 13 percent increase in employment by 2018. The demand for independent contractors and freelancers may be even higher. To meet the demand, colleges across the country have created accelerated graphic design programs. Others have stepped back and examined existing programs. This usually results in a new and improved program that addresses current industry needs.
Based on reports by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “current industry needs” means that today’s graphic designer must be multi-talented. Although job growth is expected to be high, competition is keen, so graphic designers with animation and web design skills will have the best opportunities. Fortunately, aspiring designers have a multitude of training programs at their fingertips. While some of the best can be found in California, New York, and Chicago, off-the-beaten-path places such as New Mexico also offer some stiff competition.
New Mexico is home to more than 40 accredited colleges and universities. Several are considered the “best” based on factors such as number of program offerings, graduation and retention rates, peer assessment, faculty resources (student-teacher ratio), financial resources, and student selectivity. Not surprisingly, these schools also offer some of the nation’s best graphic design programs. Browse through our list below to review some of New Mexico’s best graphic design school programs and what they have to offer.
Best Graphic Design School Programs – Major New Mexico Cities
New Mexico State University – Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Creative Media in Digital Film Making, Animation and Visual Effects, B. F. A. Studio Art with Graphic Design Emphasis; M. F. A. Studio Art with Graphic Design Emphasis
Best Graphic Design School Programs – Other New Mexico Cities and Towns
Eastern New Mexico University – Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Animation, Media Arts and Design or Graphic Design Emphasis
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