While employment growth has remained elusive in many career fields, this is not the case in the graphic design industry. For the 2010-2020 decade, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a 13 percent increase in employment for graphic designers. This means the talent pool, which stands at 279,200, will swell to 316,500 by 2020. What’s even more promising is these figures only apply to salaried graphic designers! This field is known for attracting freelancers and start-ups, so the number of working graphic designers is even higher than estimated.
Because the graphic design industry has continued to grow over the years, more colleges and universities than ever before have established solid training programs at all degree levels. Students may earn an Associate of Arts, (A. A.), a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.). A growing number of schools also offer Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degrees as well. This is the chosen path for designers that wish to work in the field and teach.
Whichever path you choose, it’s always best to select an accredited college with a strong reputation. Fortunately, organizations such as Forbes, Princeton Review, and U.S. News & World Report can help. These organizations are responsible for releasing the list of “America’s Best Schools” each year, making it easier to find the best options for your major.
Forbes, Princeton Review, and U.S. News evaluate America’s colleges based on factors such as financial resources, student selectivity, number of program offerings, peer assessment, faculty resources, and graduation and retention rates. In the neatly a dozen made the list of best schools for graphic designers. Continue reading to review some of the best graphic design school programs in Oklahoma and what they have to offer.
Best Graphic Design School Programs – Major Oklahoma Cities
University of Central Oklahoma - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Graphic Design; M. F. A. Design with Graphic Design Focus
Cameron University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Studio Art with Concentration in Graphic Design
Oklahoma State University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Graphic Design
University of Tulsa - Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Art with Graphic Design Emphasis; M. A. Art with Graphic Design Emphasis
Best Graphic Design School Programs - Other Oklahoma Cities and Towns
East Central University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic Arts
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic Design
Rogers State University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Visual Arts with Graphic Design, Multimedia Options; B. S. Game Development
Southeastern Oklahoma State University - Degrees Offered: B. S. Graphic Design and Visual Media
Oklahoma Baptist University - Degrees Offered: B. A. Digital Media Arts, Graphic Design
Northeastern State University - Degrees Offered: B. A. Art with Graphic Design Emphasis, B. A. Visual Communication with Photography or Multimedia/Web Design Option
Southwestern Oklahoma State University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Graphic Design
More Programs to Consider:
- Atlanta, Georgia; Savannah, Georgia; Lacoste, France; and SCAD eLearning