According to the latest figures released by the Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Statistics (IES NCES), Louisiana is now home to 74 Title IV degree-granting institutions. A Title IV school is probably the best option for several reasons. These schools have met a number of requirements in order to be eligible for Title IV financial aid programs. These programs make it possible for students with financial need to have access the state’s top schools.
To obtain Title IV status, an institution must (1) be in business for at least 2 years, (2) have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (3) grant an associate's degree or higher, (4) sign a participation agreement with the Department, and (5) offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length. In addition to being eligible for a wide range of financial aid programs, many Title IV schools offer excellent art and design programs—this includes graphic design. Although these schools have Title IV status, they still offer some of the lowest tuition rates in the U.S.
Just a few of Louisiana’s best and most affordable schools for graphic designers include Nicholls University, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, and the University of Louisiana. If you’re ready to shop and compare Louisiana graphic design schools, take a look at the most expensive to least expensive schools below and what you can expect to pay. Keep in mind that resident tuition is usually lower than nonresident tuition, and graduate programs typically cost more than undergraduate programs.
Most Expensive to Least Expensive Louisiana Graphic Design Schools
University of Louisiana, Monroe - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $4,424, nonresidents $11,714 for the 2011 – 2012 school year
Nicholls University, Thibodeaux - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $4,292, nonresidents $11,516 for the 2010 – 2011 school year. These amounts include mandatory fees of $1,368 per year.
University of Louisiana, Lafayette - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $4,208, nonresidents $12,776 for the 2011 – 2012 school year
Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $4,000, nonresidents $12,469 for the 2010 – 2011 school year
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $3,955, nonresidents $14,741; graduate residents $4,747, nonresidents $11,272 for the 2010 – 2011 school year; fees of approximately $1,000 per year are not included in these amounts.
Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Natchitoches - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $3,711, nonresidents $9,789 for the 2009 – 2010 school year
Louisiana Graphic Design Scene
Louisiana is home to around 15,760 artists and designers. More than 1,700 are salaried graphic designers and hundreds more are independent designers. The population of graphic designers here grew considerably between 2006 and 2010. In 2006, the state was home to 1,140 graphic designers.
Like graphic designers in other states, most members of Louisiana’s design population work in the top industries for this field. These include advertising, public relations, publishing, printing and related services, specialized design services, and computer systems design. Although jobs can be found in just about any city in the state, the best opportunities can be found in major cities such as New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Metairie, and Lafayette. Advertising agencies, web design firms, graphic design firms, public relations firms, technology companies, publishers, and printing companies are plentiful in these cities.