The state of New Mexico is home to several dozen colleges that offer art and design programs. Some are Title IV degree-granting schools, which makes them eligible for financial aid programs. This is great news for students with varying levels of financial need. To become a Title IV school, the college or university must meet five strict requirements. They must (1) have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (2) sign a participation agreement with the Department, (3) be in business for at least 2 years, (4) grant an associate's degree or higher, and (5) offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length.
Although New Mexico’s collection of graphic design schools are eligible for a variety of federal financial aid programs, most of these schools are affordable, but still competitive. The state’s top art and design school is more expensive than most traditional colleges, but because it is a Title IV school, students will have access to financial aid to help meet the costs of tuition. To learn more about New Mexico’s graphic design schools and what they cost, take a look at the most expensive to least expensive graphic design schools below and what you can expect to pay. Keep in mind that resident tuition is usually lower than nonresident tuition, and graduate students typically pay more per credit hour than undergraduate students.
Least Expensive New Mexico Graphic Design Schools
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $5,827, nonresidents $18,269; graduate residents $6,278, nonresidents $18,720 for the 2011 – 2012 school year
Eastern New Mexico University, Portales – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $2,839, nonresidents $8,350 for the 2011 – 2012 school year. Tuition does not include fees of $1,208 per year.
New Mexico Graphic Design Scene
New Mexico is home to more than 8,100 salaried artists. Nearly 700 are graphic designers. They work in the top industries for this field including advertising, public relations, publishing, printing and related services, specialized design services, and computer systems design. The best cities for employment in these industries are Albuquerque, Las Crucas, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, and Roswell. However, employment in advertising, printing, and technology can be found in smaller cities such as Hobbs, Farmington, and Clovis.
There are more than 700 of creative agencies and marketing firms in New Mexico. Just a few include RJC Advertising, Edit House Productions, EFG Creative, Esparza Advertising, G & G Advertising, Albuquerque Publishing Company, and Mountain State Publishing. New Mexico is also home to more than 500 technology companies and more than 1,000 printing and publishing companies.