According to the most recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (March 27, 2012), the state of Texas is home to 106,350 salaried artists and designers, up from 84,040 in 2002. More than 10,000 of the state’s salaried artists are graphic designers. They average $45,570 per year, up from $40,050 in 2002. This is higher than the national average salary for all careers, and one of the highest salaries for graphic designers in the U.S.
Rising salaries and employment growth have attracted aspiring designers of all kinds to the field. To meet the demand for degree programs, the nations art and design schools, and most traditional schools, have launched new graphic design programs or expanded existing ones. This means, finding a graphic design program should be easy. However, finding the best graphic design programs may take a bit more work. Fortunately, organizations such as Princeton Review, Forbes, and U.S. News & World Reporthave done most of the work for you.
Organizations such as these publish the most respected college ranking lists in the world, using a special system to evaluate schools. They assign scores to certain categories to determine an overall score. Categories may include variety of program offerings, student selectivity, class size, peer assessment, financial resources, and graduation and retention rates. Dozens of Texas schools make the cut each year.
Of the best of the best, nearly a dozen offer the best programs for aspiring graphic designers. Continue reading to find out which Texas schools offer the best graphic design programs and where to find them.
Best Graphic Design School Programs Major Texas Cities
Texas Christian University (TCU) - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Graphic Design
University of Houston - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Graphic Communications; M. F. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic Communications or Interdisciplinary Practices and Emerging Forms
Best Graphic Design School Programs Other Texas Cities and Towns
McMurry University - Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Multimedia and Graphic Design
Lamar University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A., B. S. Graphic Design
University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Studio Art with Specialization in Graphic Design
Sam Houston State University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Specialization in Advertising and Graphic Design or Computer Animation
Schreiner University - Degrees Offered: B. A. Graphic Design
Angelo State University - Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Studio Art with Specialization in Graphic Design
Baylor University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Graphic Design
Midwestern State University - Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A Graphic Design; B. A. Mass Communication with Digital Media Concentration
More Programs to Consider:
- Atlanta, Georgia; Savannah, Georgia; Lacoste, France; and SCAD eLearning