The graphic design industry has grown at a steady pace since 2002. Just ten years ago, the U.S. was home to 141,830 salaried graphic designers. Today, more than 191,000 salaried graphic designers work in all industries from advertising and publishing to technology. Because the graphic design industry has grown at such a rapid pace over the years, colleges and universities have kept up by adding graphic design programs to their list of offerings or by expanding existing ones.
While finding a graphic design program isn’t as challenging today as it was a decade ago, it may still take a little effort to find the best programs. Fortunately, a number of reputable organizations choose the best of the best each year. Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes are just a few. Several factors help decide which schools deserve a spot on the “best” list including faculty resources, student selectivity, number of program offerings, peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, and financial resources.
According to the most recent report by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Utah is home to 41 Title IV colleges and Universities. Many of these schools offer art and design programs and some even made the list of “best graphic design programs.” Many of the state’s best graphic design schools can be found in major cities such as Salt Lake City, Provo, and Orem. However, if you’re interested in a smaller town and a slower pace, Cedar City and Logan have several excellent offerings.
Continue reading to learn more about Utah’s best schools for aspiring graphic designers and what they have to offer.
Best Graphic Design School Programs - Major Utah Cities
Stevens-Henager College - Degrees Offered: B. S. Graphic Arts
Utah Valley University (UVU) - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art and Visual Communications with Emphasis in Graphic Design, Illustration
Brigham Young University (BYU) - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration
Salt Lake City
The University of Utah – Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Graphic Design Emphasis
Best Graphic Design School Programs - Other Utah Cities and Towns
Southern Utah University (SUU) - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Graphic Design
Utah State University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Specialization in Graphic Design; M. F. A. Art with Specialization in Graphic Design
More Programs to Consider:
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