Massachusetts is home to 124 Title IV degree-granting institutions. A title IV school (1) has been in business for at least two years (2) has accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (3) has signed a participation agreement with the Department (4) offers a program of at least 300 clock hours in length, and (5) grants an associate's degree or higher. Once a school has met these requirements, it becomes eligible for Title IV financial aid programs, which makes them more accessible to students with financial need.
A number of top-tier Title IV schools in Massachusetts offer programs for graphic designers. Most of the state’s graphic design schools and programs are part of larger, traditional universities. Others are specialty schools that cater primarily to artists and designers. While many of the state’s best graphic design programs are offered at some of Massachusetts’s most expensive schools, because they have Title IV status these schools are accessible to students with financial need.
To find out which Massachusetts schools offer graphic design programs and what you can expect to pay, take a look at the following list of most expensive to least expensive graphic design schools.
Most Expensive Massachusetts Graphic Design Schools
The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University, Boston – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $45,922; Graduate $23,712 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Northeastern University, Boston – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $44,620; Graduate $23,400 (Arts, Media and Design, 9 credit hours per semester) for the 2015-2016 school year.
Springfield College, Springfield – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $33,970; Graduate $17,280 (9 credit hours per semester) for the 2015-2016 school year.
Mount Ida College, Newton – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $31,085 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Montserrat College of Art, Beverly – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $28,250 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Boston – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $24,720; Graduate $28,500 for the 2015-2016 school year.
University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $12,447, nonresidents $27,400 for the 2014-2015 school year.
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dartmouth – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $11,681, nonresidents $24,619 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Salem State University, Salem – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $8,646, nonresidents $14,908 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $970 plus university fee of $7,274, nonresidents $7,050 plus $7,274 university fee for the 2015-2016 school year.
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Massachusetts Graphic Design Scene
Massachusetts is home to 47,390 professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media occupations. Graphic designers make up more than 10 percent of the group. The state is home to around 5,000 salaried graphic designers averaging $54,650 per year. While the top industries for graphic designers nationwide are advertising, public relations, publishing, printing and related services, specialized design services, and computer systems design, most Massachusetts-based designers work at creative agencies. Just a few employment options include:
- Arnold Worldwide, Boston
- Bark! (A Creative Agency), North Chelmsford
- Davis Advertising, Worcester
- DigitasLBi, Boston
- Hill Holliday, Boston
- MMB, Boston
- Mullen Advertising, Boston
- Palley Advertising, Worcester
- PJA Advertising + Marketing, Cambridge
- Six-Point Creative Works, Springfield
While many of the state’s salaried graphic designers live and work in Boston, several other major cities are well worth exploring. Worcester, Springfield, Lowell, Cambridge, and Brockton are just a few.
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