Minnesota is home to more than 113 Title IV degree-granting institutions. The state is home to even more accredited colleges, but not all accredited colleges have Title IV status. To become a Title IV school, the college or university must meet five requirements established by the U.S. Department of Education. They must (1) grant an associate's degree or higher, (2) have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (3) sign a participation agreement with the Department, (4) offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length, and (5) be in business for at least two years. Title IV status means these schools are eligible for Title IV federal financial aid programs, making them more accessible to students with financial need.
Many Title IV schools in Minnesota offer excellent art and design programs and most are affordable. Just a few of Minnesota’s best and most affordable schools for graphic designers include St. Cloud State University, Minnesota State University, and the University of Minnesota.
To compare the costs of Minnesota graphic design schools to others across the country, take a look our list of the most expensive to least expensive graphic design schools below and how much you can expect to pay.
Most Expensive Minnesota Graphic Design Schools
Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), Minneapolis - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate and Graduate $34,876 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Least Expensive Minnesota Graphic Design Schools
University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), Minneapolis - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $12,060, nonresidents $19,310; Graduate residents $15,15,458, nonresidents $23,680 for the 2014-2015 school year.
University of Minnesota, Duluth - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $11,720, nonresidents $15,385; Graduate residents $15,458, nonresidents $23,680 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $6,974; Graduate $6,860 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Minnesota State University, Moorhead - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate resident $6,898, nonresidents $13,796; Graduate resident $347-$435 per credit hour depending on the program; nonresidents $694-$860 per credit hour depending on the program for the 2014-2015 school year.
Minnesota State University, Mankato - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $6,667, nonresidents $14,146; Graduate $6,587 (9 credit hours per semester) for the 2014-2015 school year.
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $5,266 (12 credit hours per semester), nonresidents $11,380 (12 credit hours per semester); Graduate residents $6,391 (9 credit hours per semester), nonresidents $9,954 (9 credit hours per semester) for the 2014-2015 school year.
Minnesota Graphic Design Scene
Minnesota is home to more than 36,430 salaried artists averaging $49,230 per year. Thanks to a thriving graphic design scene, 5,420 of the state’s salaried artists and designers are graphic designers. They earn an average salary of $50,940 and many work in advertising, public relations, and technology. Just a few employment options include:
- Adtech Communications Group, Eden Prairie
- Beehive PR, St. Paul
- Campbell Mithum, Minneapolis
- Code 42 Software, Minneapolis
- Fallon Worldwide, Minneapolis
- Kohnstamm Communications, St. Paul
- Martin Williams Advertising, Minneapolis
- Olson, Minneapolis
- Periscope, Minneapolis
- Swim Creative, Duluth
- The Media Loft, Minneapolis
- WestymorelandFlint & Flint Interactive, Duluth
While many Minnesota graphic designers work in the major cities such as Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Rochester, designers can also find opportunities in smaller cities such as Eden Prairie and Duluth.
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