Maybe New Hampshire isn’t the first state that comes to mind when you think about graphic design, but maybe is should be. While the state does do things on a smaller scale than most, it still holds its own when it comes to producing designers that eventually go on to work for large advertising agencies and design studios. For starters, just about every popular school offers art and design programs, including many “pure” graphic design programs. These schools can be found in the state’s largest city—Manchester or in the smallest of towns, like Henniker (Pop. 5,845).
While New Hampshire is a great place to study graphic design, it is also an excellent place to live. For starters, The Granite State has a total of four nicknames. In addition to Granite State, New Hampshire is known as The Mother of Rivers, The White Mountain State, and The Switzerland of America. Elaborate quarries and granite formations, the rivers of New England that originate in the New Hampshire mountains, the white mountain range, and the beautiful mountain scenery are just a few reasons the state has so many nicknames. So whether you decide to study in “the big city” or settle into a small town, you’ll find beauty and inspiration at every turn.
New Hampshire Graphic Design Schools
New Hampshire is home to several schools that offer either a concentration, B.A., B. F. A., or an M.F.A. in Graphic Design or a related field. Browse through the list below to check out New Hampshire’s best schools for graphic designers and what each has to offer.
New England College - Degrees Offered: B. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic and Communication Design
Keene State College - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Graphic Design Option
New Hampshire Institute of Art – Degrees Offered: B. F. A. with Concentration in Graphic Design, Illustration
Southern New Hampshire University - Degrees Offered: B. A., B. S. Graphic Design and Media Arts, Business Studies/Game Design and Development, Computer Information Technology/Game Design and Development
Rivier College - Degrees Offered: B. A. Graphic Design, Photography and Digital Media
Colby-Sawyer College - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Graphic Design
Plymouth State University – Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Art with Graphic Design Option
Franklin Pierce University - Degrees Offered: B. A. Graphic Communications
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Employment and Salary Trends for New Hampshire Graphic Designers
New Hampshire is home to 910 salaried graphic designers. In 2006, the talent pool consisted of 870 creatives. Although the pool of graphic designers increased only slightly between 2006 and 2010, this is still quite impressive for the country’s 42nd largest state. Even more impressive is salaries are on the rise too! In 2006, the average salary for New Hampshire graphic designers was $38,100. By 2010, the average salary had increased to $42,640.
Across the country, the mean annual wage for graphic designers overall was $48,140 in 2010. The lowest paid graphic designers earned less than $26,110 (median), and the highest 10 percent earned more than $74,660 (median). The middle 50 percent earned between $32,600 and $56,620 (median). Earnings for independent contractors, partners, freelancers, and high-level positions vary, but they are typically higher than earnings for salaried designers.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “senior designers, who may supervise junior staff or have some decision-making authority that reflects their knowledge of graphic design,” earn a median salary of $60,000. “Solo designers who freelanced or worked under contract reported median earnings of $57,000. Design directors, the creative heads of design firms or in-house corporate design departments,” earn $95,000. “Graphic designers with ownership or partnership interests in a firm or who are principals of the firm in some other capacity” average $95,000 per year.