Today’s graphic designer is much different from yesterdays. Thanks to advances in technology and the use of graphic design in everything from advertising to animation to web design, graphic designers must go above and beyond being creative and computer savvy to make it in this field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, today’s graphic designer must be multi-talented. The Bureau states that jobseekers in this field are expected to face keen competition, so designers with both web design and animation experience will have the best opportunities. This is especially true in the state of New York—the advertising capital of the world.
Schools across America have developed comprehensive graphic design programs for the first time or reworked existing programs to meet the demand for ingenious graphic designers. This means that the U.S. may be home to more schools that offer graphic design programs, than any other place in the world. Although the best programs can be found across the U.S., from Seattle, Washington all the way down to Miami, Florida, some states have a higher concentration than others. New York is one of those states.
With nearly 19,000 salaried graphic designers across the state, New York has the second largest population of graphic designers in the U.S. California has the largest. Nationwide, the population of salaried graphic designers increased significantly between 2005 and 2010. In 2005, the nation was home to 178,530 graphic designers. In 2010, the population was 192,240.
At 300+ and counting, New York also has one of the highest number of accredited colleges in the U.S. Of these schools, nearly a dozen offer some of the best graphic design programs in the country. These schools made the “best schools” list based on factors such as number of program offerings, faculty resources, graduation and retention rates, peer assessment, financial resources, and student selectivity.
While many of the state’s best graphic design programs are offered at schools in New York City, smaller cities such as New Paltz, Rochester, and Syracuse offer a double dose of healthy competition. Continue reading to find out which New York schools made the list of best schools for graphic designers and what they have to offer.
Best Graphic Design School Programs - Major New York Cities
Fashion Institute of Technology - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Computer Animation and Interactive Media, Graphic Design, Illustration; M. F. A. Illustration; A. A. S. Communication Design, Fine Arts, Illustration
School of Visual Arts - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Animation, Cartooning, Computer Art, Graphic Design, Illustration; M. F. A. Computer Art
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Graphic Design
St. John’s University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Illustration, Graphic Design
Rochester Institute of Technology - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Film and Animation, Illustration, Graphic Design, 3D Digital Graphics, New Media Design and Imaging; B. S. Game Design and Development, Media Arts and Technology, New Media Interactive Development; M. F. A. Computer Graphics Design, Film and Animation, Graphic Design; M. S. Game Design and Development
Syracuse University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Computer Art and Animation, Graphic Design, Communications Design, Illustration; M. F. A. Computer Art, Illustration
Best Graphic Design School Programs - Other New York Cities and Towns
Sage College of Albany - B. F. A. Graphic and Media Design
State University of New York at New Paltz - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Graphic Design
State University of New York at Oswego - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Illustration, Graphic Design, Studio Art with Concentration in Digital Media
Purchase College, State University of New York - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Graphic Design, B. A. New Media
More Programs to Consider:
- Atlanta, Georgia; Savannah, Georgia; Lacoste, France; and SCAD eLearning