Nebraska is home to 43 Title IV degree-granting institutions. To become a Title IV school, an institution must meet five requirements. They must (1) grant an associate's degree or higher, (2) offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length, (3) have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (4) be in business for at least two years, and (5) sign a participation agreement with the Department. Once these requirements have been met, the school becomes eligible for Title IV federal financial aid programs. This makes them more accessible to students with financial need.
Fortunately, several Title IV schools in Nebraska offer excellent graphic design programs and most are considered affordable. Continue reading to find out which Kansas schools offer animation programs and what you can expect to pay.
Most Expensive Nebraska Graphic Design Schools
Union College, Lincoln – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $18,120 for the 2011 – 2012 school year. Tuition does not include annual fees of $660.
Least Expensive Nebraska Graphic Design Schools
University of Nebraska, Kearney – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $6,584, nonresidents $12,741.50 for the 2014-2015 school year.
University of Nebraska, Omaha – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $4,806 (12 credit hours per semester), nonresidents $15,042 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Peru State College, Peru – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $3,672 (12 credit hours per semester) for the 2015-2016 school year. All students pay in-state tuition rates, regardless of residency status.
Chadron State College, Chadron – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $3,360 (12 credit hours per semester), nonresidents $6,720 (12 credit hours per semester) for the 2014-2015 school year.
Wayne State College, Wayne – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $3,360 (12 credit hours per semester), special rate (IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, SD, ND, WI) $5,040 (12 credit hours per semester), nonresidents $6,720 (12 credit hours per semester) for the 2014-2015 school year.
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Nebraska Graphic Design Scene
Nebraska is home to 11,060 professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media occupations. Around 1,440 are graphic designers. The population has increased at a steady pace since 2002 when the state was home to 990 graphic designers. Salaries are on the rise as well. In 2002, Nebraska-based graphic designers earned an average salary of $33,020 per year. Today, the average salary is $43,010 per year.
The most popular industries for graphic designers are advertising, public relations, technology, and publishing. Nebraska is home to more than 600 creative agencies, over 1,500 printing and publishing companies, and 500+ technology companies. Just a few employment options include:
- Agent, Lincoln
- Archrival, Lincoln
- Bailey Lauerman, Omaha
- Bozell, Omaha
- Envoy, Inc., Omaha
- Heartland Marketing and Communications, Bellevue
- June Advertising, Omaha
- SKAR Advertising, Omaha
- The Minnow Project, Lincoln
- Unanimous, Lincoln
While employment opportunities can be found all over the state, a larger number of opportunities can be found in major cities such as Omaha and Lincoln. However, several smaller cities such as Bellevue and Grand Island are worth exploring.
Awesome Animation Fact: Winsor McCay's "Gertie the Dinosaur" (1914) was the first major triumph in character animation (it is still a marvelous film). It was shown as a film in the theaters and as a multi media event on stage with McCay interacting with the animated Gertie. – Arena Animation Malleswaram