What are the top southwestern US graphic design schools for 2022?

Top 25 Graphic Design Schools and Colleges in the Southwest – 2022 College Rankings
RankingSchoolStateTop %
1University of Texas at AustinTexas 2%
2University of North TexasTexas3%
3Arizona State UniversityArizona 5%
4Brigham Young UniversityUtah 6%
5Texas State UniversityTexas 8%
6University of HoustonTexas9%
7University of UtahUtah15%
8University of Texas at ArlingtonTexas 15%
9University of Colorado DenverColorado 15%
10Oklahoma State UniversityOklahoma15%
11Baylor UniversityTexas20%
12Texas A&M University-CommerceTexas 20%
13Rocky Mountain College of Art and DesignColorado 20%
14Colorado State UniversityColorado 25%
15University of ArizonaArizona25%
16Texas Christian UniversityTexas 25%
17Utah State UniversityUtah 30%
18Texas A&M University-Corpus ChristiTexas 30%
19Sam Houston State UniversityTexas 30%
20Texas Tech UniversityTexas 30%
21University of Central OklahomaOklahoma35%
22New Mexico State UniversityNew Mexico 35%
23Eastern New Mexico UniversityNew Mexico 35%
24Oral Roberts UniversityOklahoma 35%
25University of Nevada, Las VegasNevada 40%

Our 2022 ranking of the Top 25 Graphic Design School Programs in the Southwest. We considered over 70 colleges in the Southwest with graphic design programs for this year's rankings. For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here. For ranking purposes we define the Southwest as Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, and Arizona.

1. University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (Top 2% of colleges considered)
University of Texas at Austin

The College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) houses the School of Design and Creative Technologies, home to the Design Department. Housed in the Doty Fine Arts Building (DFA) and the Art Building (ART), the Design Department offers BA, BFA, and MFA degrees in Design. In addition, the Center for Professional Education offers a Graphic Design Certificate that may be completed 100% online. Over 13 sessions, lasting three months, certificate students will master industry software such as After Effects, Photoshop, In Design, and Illustrator. The program also explores design practices and the production of static and motion graphic designs.

Design BA students at UT Austin combines liberal arts courses with courses in design techniques, aesthetics, theory, research methos, and history. While BA students will take fewer upper division design courses than BFA students will, the program offers the opportunity to explore other areas in additional departments across the university. Course examples for this 120 credit hour program include Sketching, History of Design, Introduction to 2D and 3D, Interaction Design, Typography, Design Research and Images in Communication. Internship and study abroad opportunities are also part of the program. Both are optional. 

The Design BFA is a pre-professional degree consisting of 120 credit hours. Around two-thirds of the courses for this program are in Design and related coursework. Course examples include Identity Systems, Typography I-III, Design and Social Environment, and Industrial Design. Students in the Design BFA Program will complete one or more paid internships along with a capstone design project that will be presented in UT Austin’s Annual Public Exhibition. Students have interned at places such as Apple, Google, Samsung, Dell, IBM, and EA Games.

The MFA in Design at University of Texas at Austin is a 60 credit hour program designed for exceptional students with solid design skills. The program consists of seminars, studios, electives, and a thesis project. Design MFA students have 24/7 access to shared studio spaces and as well as the Design, Computer, Materials, and Digital Fabrication Labs, the Wood Shop, Visual Arts Center, and Fine Arts Library, and the Harry Ransom Center and The Foundry.

Graduates of the Design Programs at UT Austin go on to become Graphic Designers, Art Directors, Multimedia Designers, Entrepreneurs, UI/UX Designers, Book Designers, Project Managers, Package Designers, and Executives, among others.

The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Founded in 1883, the school opened in 1883 with one building, eight professors, one proctor, and 221 students. Today, UT Austin has around 52,000 students served by a teaching faculty of 3,133. The University of Texas at Austin offers more than 500 degree programs and fields of study in 18 colleges and schools.

2. University of North Texas, Denton, Texas (Top 3% of colleges considered)
University of North Texas

The College of Visual Arts and Design (CVAD) at the University of North Texas (UNT) houses the Design Department, which offers a BFA in Communication Design with two tracks: Graphic Design and User-Experience Design (UX Design). Both tracks consist of studio coursework, with Graphic Design students taking additional requirements such as Typography I, Foundations for Communication Design, and Image-Making and Color Theory. UX Design students will take additional requirements such as Contextual Research Methods, Foundations of User-Centered Design, and Typographic Systems.

Course examples across Communication Design Tracks include Art History SurveyI-III, GD Advanced Campaigns, Interaction Design, Data Visualization & the Design of Information, Cause-Based Design, Image Making & Color Theory, Communication Design Studio, Prototyping & User Testing, Planning and Developing Interactive Systems, and Advanced Product Design in UX Design.

Students in both Tracks may add a minor such as New Media Art, Art History, Printmaking, or Photography. All UNT Communication Design students will complete a portfolio.

CVAD Communication Design students will graduate with a professional portfolio and the skills needed to pursue positions in industries such as advertising, publishing, entertainment, manufacturing, and computer systems design. University of North Texas CVAD graduates also qualify for jobs in government agencies, museums, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, and for associations, among others.

University of North Texas is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The school is also an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Established in 1890, UNT serves just over 38,150 students enrolled in 105 bachelor's, 88 master's, and 37 doctoral degree programs across 14 colleges and schools. With more than 4,600 faculty and staff members, University of North Texas is one of the largest employers in the City of Denton, Texas.

3. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona (Top 5% of colleges considered)
Arizona State University

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University (ASU) is home to the Design School, which houses a Visual Communication (Graphic) Design Program that is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Degree options include the Bachelor of Science in Design (BSD) in Graphic Design, a Master of Science in Design (MSD) with a Concentration in Visual Communication Design (VCD MSD), and a Master of Visual Communication Design (MVCD).

The Graphic Design BSD is available at the ASU Tempe campus and online. Students in the program will take courses such as Designing Life, Principles for Graphic Design I-II, Motion Graphics and Interaction Design, Advanced Media, Visual Communication I-VI, Technology for Design I-II, Letterform, and Exhibit Design. The ASU Graphic Design BSD requires 120 credit hours to graduate, including 45 upper division hours.

The VCD MSD is available at the ASU Tempe campus. Consisting of 36 credit hours taken over four semesters (two years), the MSD Program requires courses such as Research Methods, Qualitative Research in Design, Methods in Visual Communication I-II, and VCD Seminar: Contemporary Issues. Visiting designers, an internship in teaching design, and a Thesis or Applied Project are also part of the program.

The MVCD Program at the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts has two options: a two-year, studio-based degree for professionals with solid design experience or a degree in VCD, graphic design or other related area and a three-year degree, also studio-based, for students without an undergraduate design degree or experience in VCD or graphic design. The programs consist of 42-43 credit hours and explore interaction design, user experience design, design for social innovation, service design, participatory design, and more.

Students in the two-year ASU MVCD Program are encouraged to complete an internship. Students in the three-year program are required to complete an internship. Internships take place during the summer after the first year, and they may be completed anywhere in the U.S. and around the world. Both program options require successful completion of Advanced Visual Communication Design Studio IV (culminating experience), worth five credits.

Graduates of the Arizona State University Design Programs are  prepared to pursue position such as Graphic Designer, Design Educator, Commercial and Industrial Designer, Art Director, Set and Exhibition Designer, Instructional Designer, Technologist, Animator, Media Collection Specialist, Desktop Publishers, Package Designers, and UI/UX Designer, among others. ASU Design alumni have been hired at major companies and organizations such as Google, American Airlines, Banner Health, GoDaddy, and UNICEF.

Arizona State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1885 as the Arizona Territorial Normal School, ASU serves more than 134,500 undergraduate and graduate students across four campuses. More than 800 degree programs are available in 16 colleges and schools.

4. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah (Top 6% of colleges considered)
Brigham Young University

The College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University (BYU) houses the Department of Design, which offers a BFA in Graphic Design. An Online Graphic Design Fundamentals Certificate is available through BYU-Idaho and BYU-Pathway Worldwide.

The BFA is a limited enrollment program of 40 students. Students must complete 120 credit hours to graduate, including 72.5-73.5 in the major. Course examples include Branding, 3-Dimensional Design, Interaction Design, Design Lab, Typography, Design Thinking, Motion, Bookbinding, Letterpress Studio, and Illustration Fundamentals. Graphic Design BFA students are encouraged to complete a professional internship after their Junior year in the program.

The BYU Graphic Design Fundamentals Certificate is a 15 credit hour program that explores conceptual design, typography, and visual design. Building into the BAS in Professional Studies degree, the Certificate Program consists of 15 credit hours. Courses include Introduction to Graphic Design, Graphic Design, Creating Online Media, Typography, and User Experience Design. Potential careers for graduates of the BYU Graphic Design Fundamentals Certificate Program include Junior Graphic Designer, Marketing Production Artist, Design Assistant, and Junior Production Artist.

Graduates of the Brigham Young University Graphic Design BFA Program work in design-related disciplines such as experience and service design, branding and product design, publishing and interaction design, and web design and mobile app development, motion graphics, and data visualization. They work at advertising agencies, traditional design studios, and interactive agencies or on internal teams at a variety of businesses, corporations, and organizations. Some graduates go on to establish successful freelance careers or launch their own design studios.

Brigham Young University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The school was founded in 1875 as Brigham Young Academy (BYA) by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Brigham Young. With nearly 35,000 students enrolled in close to 400 degree programs and minors, BYU is the one of the largest private universities in the U.S.

5. Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas (Top 8% of colleges considered)
Texas State University

The College of Fine Arts & Communication at Texas State University (Texas State) houses the School of Art and Design, home to the Communication Design Program (ComDes). Degree options include the BFA and MFA in ComDes. The 120 credit hour BFA provides mentoring, meetups, and internship opportunities through the Texas State’s relationships with local and national businesses. Students have also interned at companies in Europe. 

Courses for the program are taught in a studio environment with access to the Mitte Complex, which houses state-of-the-art production facilities and equipment. Coursework explores corporate identity, brand experience, typography, environmental graphics, human-centered design, interactive design, art direction, sustainable packaging, and design research. Specific course examples include Branding Systems, Interactive Media, Trademark Design, Introduction to Printmaking: Intaglio and Lithography, Expanded Media, and Typography. The ComDes BFA Program culminates with the Senior Portfolio Presentation and Self-Promotion Capstone.

Before graduating from the program, many ComDes students have already earned publishing credits in journals such as PRINT, Communication Arts, Graphis New Talent Annual, Step Inside Design, CMYK, and Logo Lounge. Students in the program have also received recognition competitions such as the Austin Addy Awards, the San Antonio Addy Awards, AIGA Flux, Creative Summit, the American Advertising Federation Awards, Art The National Show, Director's Club of Houston, and The One Show.

Graduates of the Texas State University ComDes BFA Program have been placed at companies such as  Microsoft, Disney, Verizon, IBM, Google, Indeed, DDB, Spotify, Vrbo, H-E-B Digital, Helm’s Workshop, GSD&M, and USAA, among others.

The Texas State University ComDes MFA (or MFA/CD) is a 60 credit hour program that can be completed online with one on-campus residency each year. During the residency, students will participate in workshops, critiques, and visiting designer lectures. Graduate assistantships are also offered in the School of Art and Design, and allow students to gain teaching experience through the ComDes BFA Program. Graduate assistantships are paid positions that require 20 hours of work per week.

The Texas State MFA/CD Program explores design history, visual communication, typography, and digital design. Course examples include Imaging, Alternative Printing Methods, Kinetic Typography, Design for Motion, Generative Design, Experience Design, Design for Motion, Corporate Identity Systems, Professional Practice, Design Futures, Entrepreneurial Design, Exhibitions, Corporate Marketing Materials, The Experimental Book, and Research Through Making. In the Professional Practice course, MFA students will work with regional and national advertising agencies, graphic design firms, or digital media studios to gain professional experience.

Potential careers for graduates of the Texas State University MFA/CD Program include, but are not limited to, Art Director, Senior Graphic Designer, Visual Designer, Creative Director, Design Manager, Typographer, Senior Interaction Designer, UI/UX Designer, and Professor.

Texas State University was established in 1899 as a teacher’s college known as Southwest Texas Normal School. With Lyndon B. Johnson as the school’s most famous alumni—and the only president to graduate from a Texas college—Texas State serves 38,000 students enrolled in more than 200 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. Located on the banks of the San Marcos River, Texas State University has been a part of the Texas State University System since 1911.

6. University of Houston, Houston, Texas (Top 9% of schools considered)
University of Houston

The University of Houston (UH) is home the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts. Within the McGovern College is the School of Art, which offers a BFA in Graphic Design and an MFA in Studio Art. The graduate program has a Concentration in Graphic Design.

The UH Graphic Design BFA provides learning and networking opportunities through visiting artist and speaker events, and the option to add the Minor in Graphic Communications Technology. Consisting of 18 semester hours, the minor helps students master the technology used to produce print media. Course examples include Graphic Communication Output Lab, Graphics for Digital Media, Information Technology Applications for Digital Media, and Page Layout and Design. The UH Minor is part of the College of Technology’s Department of Information and Logistics Technology.

Other Graphic Design BFA benefits include participation in workshops, site-specific projects, lectures, and critiques, and access to internship opportunities. At the end of the program, students will participate in a senior exhibition that showcases their best work.

The MFA in Studio Art with a Concentration in Graphic Design consists of 60 semester hours including 24 hours in related arts, 18 hours in the concentration, 12 hours in art history, and six hours in graduate seminars. Course examples include Graphic Design Studio and Writing Seminar. Upon completion of all coursework and projects for the program, MFA students will present their work in a thesis exhibition at Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston.

The University of Houston is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Established in 1927, this public research university houses an interdisciplinary Honors College, and 16 colleges and schools that offer more than 400 degree programs to more than 47,000 students.

7. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (Top 15% of colleges considered)
University of Utah

The College of Fine Arts at University of Utah (U of U or The U) houses the Department of Art & Art History, home to the new BFA in Graphic Design. Formerly the BFA in Studio Art–Graphic Design Emphasis, the program consists of 122 credit  hours, with a minimum of 79 in the major. Students may declare the Graphic Design major in the first year of study. To advance the second year, students must successfully complete all first year coursework and submit a portfolio. A second year review is required to advance to the third year of the program.

Course examples for the U of U Graphic Design BFA include six Studio Foundations courses that explore areas such as action, mapping, and touch, Typography 1-2, Communication Design 1-5, Design Strategy, History of Graphic Design, Visual Rhetoric, Digital Drawing, Writing for New Media, and Digital Imaging for Visual Artists. Upper division courses include Design Theory And Practice, Visiting Designer Studio: Design Co-op, Professional Practices Seminar, Graphic Design Capstone 1: Research And Inquiry, and Graphic Design Capstone 2: Development And Presentation.

The Visiting Designer Studio course is a requirement for all BFA Graphic Design majors. The course consists of workshops led by guest lecturers and studio driven projects. In the Professional Practices Seminar, students will complete a portfolio and professional resume. The Capstone courses are required to complete the Final BFA Project. Graduates are prepares to pursue positions in all areas of Graphic Design.

University of Utah is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Founded in 1850, The U is Utah’s public flagship institution. This top-tier research institution serves around 34,425 students enrolled in more than 200 programs in 17 colleges and schools.

8. University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas (Top 15% of schools considered)
University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) houses the College of Liberal Arts (CoLA), home to the Department of Art and Art History, which offers BA and BFA degrees in Art and Art in Studio Art, and an MFA in Visual Communication Design (VCD). The 120 credit hour BA includes an 18 credit hour Minor in Film/Video-Animation/Gaming), 55 credit hours in art, advanced studio classes, and the opportunity to concentrate in Visual Communication Design. The BFA Program requires 124 credit hours of study, with 79 in art. Students in this program may also concentrate in VCD.

Course examples across programs include Digital Media, 3D Studio, Advanced Drawing, 2D and 3D Design, Web Typography, Art History Foundation, Sign and Symbol, Printmaking, Water Media, Advanced Typography, Digital Imaging, and History of Graphic Design. Both the BA and BFA culminate with a Portfolio and Presentation.

The MFA Program at University of Texas at Arlington consists of 60 credit hours, with 39 in Visual Communication Design. Course examples include Research in Visual Communication, Topics in the History of Art & Design, and Creative Strategies. The VCD MFA culminates with the Thesis Exhibition.

Students in all CoLA Department of Art and Art History Programs have access to advanced digital studios and printing labs, the Corrugated Prototype Design and CAD Production Lab, over 40 Mac Computers, and the Studio Createc Gaming Studio. All VCD studios are equipped with Adobe Suite and other industry programs. The Art Programs at University of Texas at Arlington are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).

Graduates of the Visual Communication Design programs at UTA have career opportunities such as Graphic Designer, Printmaker, Book Designer, App Designer, Art Director, Exhibition Designer, Brand Manager, Packaging Designer, Animator, Exhibit Designer, Illustrator, and Web Designer, among others.

The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Founded in 1895, UTA is a Carnegie Research 1 institution that serves around 45,950 students. The largest university in North Texas and the second largest in the University of Texas System, University of Texas at Arlington offers more than 180 degree programs across nine colleges.

9. University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colorado (Top 15% of schools considered)
University of Colorado Denver

The College of Arts & Media (CAM) at University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) houses the Digital Media Program, which has BFA and Minor pathways. Both pathways are interdisciplinary and hands-on, and explore branding design, interactive media, graphic design, motion graphics, and user experience design. Course examples across pathways include 3D Motion Design, Typography, Fostering Creativity, 3D Design, Digital Design, Interactive Media, and Design Studio. The Digital Media BFA culminates with the Design Thesis Project.

Graduates of the University of Colorado Denver Digital Media Program work as Graphic Designers, Creative Directors, UI/UX Designers, Video Editors, Motion Graphic Artists, and Game Designers. Digital Program alumni work at major companies, advertising agencies, and with startups such as Craftsy, JILA, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Unity, Mozilla, Fruition, Mercedes-Benz, and Dire Wolf.

University of Colorado Denver is accredited by Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The school opened in 1912 as an extension of the University of Colorado Boulder and became CU Denver in 1973, making it an independent campus. Organized into eight colleges and schools, University of Colorado Denver serves 15,000 students enrolled in more than 110 academic degrees.

10. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma (Top 15% of colleges considered)
Oklahoma State University

The College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma State University (OSU) houses the Department of Art, Graphic Design and Art History, which offers a BFA in Art with a Graphic Design Option and an MFA in Graphic Design. Students in both programs have access to the Visual Resource Center (3D Printing Lab), and 24/7 access to design studios and computer labs in the Bartlett Center for the Visual Arts.

The OSU Graphic Design BFA Program consists of 120 credit hours with both upper- and lower-division sequences. Course examples at the lower level include Graphic Design, Typography, Drawing, Printmaking,  Photography, and Studio Art Digital Survey. Upper division course examples Digital Imaging, Motion Design, Interaction Design, Advanced Drawing, Marketing Design Essentials, Alternative Photography, Interaction Design Studio, Directed Study in Art, Advertising Media and Markets, Brand Marketing, Field Production, and Promotional Strategy. A Professional Internship and Portfolio Capstone are also part of the program.

Graduates of the Oklahoma State University BFA Program go on to enroll in graduate programs across the country or to positions at design studios, creative agencies, advertising agencies, marketing firms, and in-house design departments. Potential job titles include Graphic Designer, Creative Director, Environmental Designer, Interactive Designer, UI/UX Designer, Exhibit Designer, Art Director, Motion Graphics Designer, Package Designer, Advertising Designer, Web Designer, Publications Designer, and Typographer, among others.

Recent OSU BFA graduates have been hired at the Museum of East Texas, Matchfire, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, and Masterwork Artistry, to name a few.

The Oklahoma State University Graphic Design MFA is a three-year, sixty credit hour terminal degree. The program has three focus areas: Visual Communication, Motion Design, and Interaction Design. Students in all areas will complete 27-30 credit hours of graduate level studio courses, 9-12 hours of electives within and outside the department, a Teaching Practicum, off-campus Internship, and Thesis. 

Course examples for the MFA include Graduate Seminar, Graphic Design Graduate Studio, Interaction Design Graduate Studio, Motion Design Graduate Studio, and Teaching Practicum. A Thesis and off-campus summer internship are also part of the program.

Recent Oklahoma State University graduates have been hired by Amazon.com, ConocoPhillips, Dell, Merck, Halliburton Industries, Dallas Morning News/Belo Corporation, JPMorgan Chase, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Tyco, FDIC, Walmart, and Merck. 

Oklahoma State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Established in 1890 on Christmas Day, OSU consists of a five-campus system that houses seven academic colleges, a veterinary school, an osteopathic medical school, and several centers and institutes. Serving around 26,650 students enrolled in 200 undergraduate majors and options, 79 master’s programs, and 45 doctoral programs. The programs at OSU are offered in seven academic colleges, a veterinary school, and an osteopathic medical school.

11. Baylor University, Waco, Texas (Top 20% of colleges considered)
Baylor University

The College of Arts & Sciences at Baylor University (Baylor) is the school’s largest academic division. Established in 1919, the College consists of 25 academic departments (including the Department of Art and Art History), and eight academic centers and institutes. Housed in the Lewis Art Building, the Department of Art and Art History houses smart classrooms, computer labs for graphic design and photography, darkrooms, and state-of-the-art studios drawing, painting, printmaking, and more. Students in the Baylor Studio Art BFA Program have access to all Department facilities.

The Studio BFA offers an emphasis in Graphic Design that consists of 66 hours in Studio Art, 15 hours in Art History, and 50-51 hours in Liberal Arts. Course examples for the program include Digital Media for Graphic Design, Publication Design, Illustration, Studio Topics in Graphic Design, Typography and Conceptual Development, Package Design, Identity Design, Web Design, Internship in Studio Art and Portfolio Preparation. In the Portfolio course, students will develop a final Graphic Design Portfolio. Portfolio Preparation also covers interviewing, presentation skills, and job search strategies.

Graduates of the Baylor University Studio Art BFA work for advertising agencies, publishing firms, creative agencies and design studios, publishers, newspapers and magazines, public relations firms, marketing companies, web design firms, and museums, among others.

Baylor University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Chartered in 1845, the school is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Serving close to 20,630 students, Baylor offers more than 250 degree programs across 12 academic divisions.

12. Texas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce, Texas (Top 20% of schools considered)

The College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts at Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAMU-C) houses the Department of Art-home to the Visual Communication (VisCom) Program. Leading to a BFA, MA, and MFA, the VisCom Program has three concentrations: Art Direction, Design, and New Media.

Students in all VisCom BFA concentrations must complete the 42-semester hour University Studies curriculum and a common core of freshman and sophomore-level art courses. Upon completion of all first year and second year requirements, students must submit a portfolio for entry into the junior year of the program. During the last year of the program, students will complete an internship and a portfolio of their best work.

Students in both the MA and MFA VisCom Programs will work with adjunct instructors, design professionals, and graduate faculty at the Visual Communication Graduate Facilities located at the Universities Center at Dallas (UCD) near the Dallas Arts District (DAD). Located in Downtown Dallas, DAD spans 118 acres, making it is the largest contiguous urban arts district in the U.S.

The TAMU-C VisCom MA is a two-year program that requires 30 credit hours to graduate. Course examples for the program include Creative Promotion and Innovation, User-Centered Design Experience, Creative Methodologies, Ideation, Process and Product, Cross-Cultural Marketing, and Design teaching Methods. The VisCom MA culminates with a Capstone Project.

The VisCom MFA at Texas A&M University-Commerce requires 60 credit hours to graduate. Designed for working professionals or individuals with experience in Visual Communication, the MFA is a terminal degree consisting of interdisciplinary coursework and 11 studios. Studio examples include Creative Method, Design Writing, Design Studio Processes, User-Centered Design Experience, and Design Technology. Examples of support courses include Research Literature & Techniques, Design Teaching Environment, Special Topics, History of American Typography, Design Teaching Methods, and History of Graphic Design. 

The VisCom MFA Program culminates with the Written Thesis and Thesis Exhibition. The Master of Fine Arts Exhibition in Visual Communication consists of four credit hours.

Texas A&M University-Commerce is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). TAMU-C opened in 1889 as East Texas Normal College in Cooper, Texas. The fifth oldest state university, the school serves nearly 11,000 students making it the second largest university in the Texas A&M University System. TAMU-C offers more than 140 areas of study at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels. Programs are housed in six colleges, two schools, and dozens of departments.

13. Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, Colorado (Top 20% of colleges considered)
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD) has a Graphic Design Program that has both on-campus and online options. Consisting of 123 credit hours, the program leads to a BFA. The curriculum includes 48 credits in Graphic Design, 45 in Liberal Arts, 18 in Foundations, and 12 in Studio Electives. Course examples include 3D Packaging, Experimental Typography, Design Systems, Sign + Symbol, Raster Image Processing, Layout Design, Visual Sequencing, User Prototyping, Vector Illustration, Web Design I-II, Interaction Design, and Information Visualization. 

In the Junior year of the RMCAD Graphic Design Program, students will participate in the Graphic Design Junior Portfolio Review. In the final year of the program, students will complete Senior Graphic Design Seminar, Graphic Design Senior Portfolio Review, and the Graphic Design Graduation Portfolio.

Other program features include workshops conducted by design professionals, presentations, teaching engagements, international instructors, visiting faculty, and annual award shows used as class assignments. Design students also have the opportunity to gain work experience through the RMCAD Graphic Design Internship Program.

Potential job titles for graduates of the RMCAD Graphic Design Program include Art Director, Package Designer, Digital Project Manager, User Experience/User Interface (UI/UX) Designer, Brand Designer, Illustrator, Interactive Media Designer, Web Designer, and Production Manager, among others.

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The school began in 1963 as Rocky Mountain School of Art. Serving more than 1,000 students, RMCAD offers 16 degree and certificate programs delivered in campus/hybrid and online formats.

14. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado (Top 25% of colleges considered)
Colorado State University

Colorado State University (CSU) houses the College of Liberal Arts, home to the Department of Art and Art History. One of the largest academic departments at CSU, the Department of Art and Art History has programs leading to a BFA or MFA. The undergraduate program has a Graphic Design Concentration that explores typography, illustration, electronic art, printmaking, and design systems. Consisting of 120 credit hours, the Studio BFA provides access to 4,000 square feet of studio space, a dedicated computer lab, and the Digital Fabrication Lab, all housed in the Visual Arts Building.

In addition to internship opportunities, a major component of the CSU BFA Program is the biennial Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition (CIIPE) where students will help organize and participate in the event. Graduates will leave the program with a portfolio of their best work.

The MFA has a Specialization in Graphic Design. Students in this program benefit from a wide variety of elective options, group critiques, open-studio tours, faculty mentorship, and the Masters of Visual Arts Association (MoVAA), which provides access to exhibition opportunities, workshops, and artist talks. During the final year of the CSU MFA Program, students will complete a Thesis for inclusion in the Spring Graduate Exhibition at the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art.

Graduates of the Graphic Design Programs at Colorado State University work as designers and with arts organizations. They contribute to arts publications and conferences, curate exhibitions, teach at colleges and universities, and exhibit their work locally, nationally, and internationally.

Colorado State University (CSU) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, CSU is an RI, land grant university, and part of the three-school Colorado State University System. Colorado State University serves close to 33,000 students enrolled in more than 250 programs in eight colleges and the Graduate School.

15. University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (Top 25% of schools considered)
University of Arizona

The College of Fine Arts at University of Arizona (UA) houses the School of Art, which has a Studio Art Program with BFA and MFA options in Studio Art with an Illustration and Design (I+D) Emphasis. Undergraduates may choose between the Illustration and Design Tracks. University of Arizona Online (in partnership with the School of Art) has an additional program for designers—the BA in Design Arts & Practices, which explores design history, theory and, practice. Students in the program will also build skills such as design thinking, problem solving, teamwork/collaboration, visual communication, computational thinking, data analysis, and project management.

Course examples for the UA Design Arts & Practices BA include Typography, Experience, Illustration Studio, Design Thinking, Surface, Design Studio, Propaganda, Design for Web and Devices, and Animation. The program culminates with a Senior Capstone.

The University of Arizona I+D Program features field trips, study abroad experiences, team projects with local clients, internship opportunities, and participation in the Annual Spring Portfolio Review. The BFA requires 125 units, including 42 in upper division coursework, and 24 in the emphasis area. Mapping, Photography, Printmaking, Typography, Design, Illustration, and Contemporary Art are just a few course examples.

The MFA consists of 60 units, with 30 units in studio art courses. Graduate students participate in interdisciplinary coursework, seminars, and independent studies. Teaching opportunities are also part of the program.

All School of Art students have access to external resources such as the University Museum of Art and the Poetry Center, a state-of-the-art library, and the Center for Creative Photography. Internal resources include studio spaces, letterpress equipment, darkrooms, computer labs with Wacom Cintiq Touch screens and animation stations, a digital imaging lab with large format printing, and mounting services.

University of Arizona Design Arts & Practices and I+D graduates are prepared to pursue positions such as Graphic Designer, Illustrator, UI/UX Designer, Visual Designer, Art Director, Creative Director, Visual Designer, and Motion Designer, among others.

University of Arizona is accredited by the by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Established in 1885, UA opened with just a few students. Today, the school serves more than 47,300 students making it one of the state’s largest post-secondary institutions. University of Arizona offers more than 300 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in more than 150 areas of study. Programs are offered in 20 colleges and nearly two dozen specialized schools.

16. Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas (Top 25% of colleges considered)
Texas Christian University

The College of Fine Arts at Texas Christian University (TCU or Texas Christian) houses the Department of Design, which offers a BFA in Graphic Design. A major component of the program is the internship requirement during the third year of study. The TCU Design Internship provides the opportunity for students to work at design studios or ad agencies in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, anywhere in the U.S., and overseas. Texas Christian Design students have completed internships in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Austin, Houston, St. Louis, Kansas City, Peru, Taiwan, England, and Panama, among others. Many Design students receive offers to remain with the studio or agency part-time during their senior year, while others are recruited for full-time positions.

Consisting of 124 credit hours, the TCU Graphic Design BFA Program explores advertising, packaging, branding and corporate identity, web and interactive media, typography, and publications. Students will complete 51 credit hours in Graphic Design. Course examples include Corporate Identity, Advertising Design, Computer Applications to Graphic Design, Package Design, Publication Design, Advanced Design Practices, and Typography. Students will also complete Portfolio and Marketing, the Senior Thesis in Visual Communication, and The Digital Portfolio.

Graduates of the Texas Christian University Graphic Design Program have enjoyed a prefect 100% over the past four years. Program alumni are Creative Designers and Art Directors at ad agencies and design studios in just about every major city in Texas, across the U.S., and abroad. Examples include New York, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, London, Peru, Germany, Guatemala, Panama, and Nicaragua.

Texas Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Established in 1873 as one of the Southwest’s earliest coed universities, TCU serves nearly 12,000 students enrolled in more than 200 degree programs in 10 colleges and schools.

17. Utah State University, Logan, Utah (Top 30% of schools considered)
Utah State University

Utah State University (USU) houses Caine College of the Arts (CCA), home to the Department of Art + Design, which has Graphic Design options at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Across programs, students benefit from the internship and co-op opportunities, the weekly Hashimoto Communication Arts Seminar, which features local and regional professional designers, and annual study trips in places such as Scotland, Korea, Switzerland, and Germany.

The BFA with a Graphic Design Emphasis requires acceptance as an Art + Design BS major. Students may apply to the BFA in Graphic Design Emphasis in October and February and application is by portfolio review. Course examples for the program include Graphic Interface Design, Type, Image and Visual Continuity, Brand Identity Design, Typography, Illustration Concepts, and Motion Design. A Senior Capstone is also part of the program. BFA graduates will leave the program with a professional portfolio of their best work.

The USU Art MFA with a Specialization in Graphic Design is a three-year, 60 credit hour program that explores print and publication design, digital imaging, layout, trademarks, symbols, motion graphics, interactive design, animation, and motion graphics at the graduate level. The USU MFA Program culminates with a Thesis Exhibition and Professional Portfolio.

Utah State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Founded March 8, 1888 as the Agricultural College of Utah, USU is the state’s only land grant institution. Utah State University has more than 25 statewide locations that serve nearly 27,500 students enrolled in more than around 400 undergraduate, graduate, and minor programs in eight academic colleges.

18. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas (Top 30% of schools considered)
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

The College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) houses the School of Arts, Media & Communication (SAMC), home to the Department of Art and Design, which has a Graphic Design Program leading to a BA. A Studio Art MFA is available and the SAMC also has a 21 credit hour Studio Art Minor that explores Graphic Design, Studio Art, and Traditional Design.

The Studio Art MFA has a Graphic Design Concentration with a Track in Professional Practices of Academic Appointment. Both options require 60 credit hours of study, including 12 courses in Graphic Design (36 credit hours), six semester hours in the Graduate Teaching Assistant Practicum, and two courses in Art/History/Theory. Course examples include MFA Studio in Art: Graphic Design, Workshop in Art, Gallery and Museum Practices, MFA Studio in Art: Printmaking, and Art Theory and Methods.

To graduate, MFA students will complete the MFA Project and Oral Defense (six credit hours) and the MFA Thesis (also six credit hours). Final projects will be presented at the MFA Exhibition.

The TAMU-CC Graphic Design BA is a 120-122 credit hour program that requires 54 credit hours in Graphic Design and 18 in University Electives. Elective provide the opportunity to select courses that complement the major. Courses in Media Production, Communication, Marketing, and Fine Art, are a few examples.  

Course examples for the BA program include Design in Advertising, Publication & Editorial Design, Design Experience and Awareness, Emerging Technologies, Typography I-II, UI/UX, Packaging Design, and Client Solutions. The BA Capstone is the Portfolio and Professional Practices course where students will develop self-promotional materials, including a printed and digital portfolio, while focusing on professional practices and job-seeking strategies. Guest speakers will engage with students through critiques, lectures and mock interviews. BA students will display their work in the SAMC Portfolio Showcase Gallery Exhibition.

Another major component of the TAMU-CC BA Program is the internship opportunity. Ongoing internships are available with small businesses and major corporations, advertising agencies, video production companies, publications, non-profit organizations, city offices, and tourist attractions.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Founded in 1947 as the University of Corpus Christi (UCC), the school opened with just 312 students. Today, as part of the Texas A&M University System, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi serves 10,310 students enrolled in close to 90 degree programs in seven colleges.

19. Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas (Top 30% of schools considered)
Sam Houston State University

The Sam Houston State University’s (SHSU) Graphic Design (GD) Program has options leading to a BFA or a Minor. Both programs are housed in the Department of Art in the SHSU College of Arts and Media. The SHSU Graphic Design Minor explores areas such as typography, industry software, interactive design, image and color, web design, and concept development. Consisting of 18 credit hours, the program consists of courses such as Graphic Design Production, Advanced Typographic Design, Web Site Development, Corporate Identity Design, Interactive Design, and Design History.

The SHSU Graphic Design BFA explores typography, ideation, production tools and technology, and visual organization. In addition to 45 credit hours of GD requirements, the Department of Art requires completion of the Foundation Courses and Core. Upon completion of Foundations, students will participate in the Portfolio Review, which is required to advance into the major.

Throughout the Graphic Design BFA Program, students will also participate in portfolio critiques led by professional designers. The SHSU Graphic Design Program culminates with the Graphic Design Senior Show, which takes place at the University Art Gallery.

Graduates of the Sam Houston State University Graphic Design Program will possess high-demand skills such as critical thinking, digital technology, global and intercultural fluency, teamwork and collaboration, problem solving, and oral, written, and visual communications. 

Sam Houston State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Founded in 1879 as the Sam Houston Normal Institute, SHSU serves more than 21,500 students enrolled in 90 bachelor's degree programs, 55 master’s degree programs, and 10 doctoral programs, including the nation’s first PhD in Forensic Science. Programs at Sam Houston State University are offered in eight colleges.

20. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas (Top 30% of colleges considered)
Texas Tech University

The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts (TCVPA) houses the School of Art, which has an Art BFA Program with a Graphic Design Concentration. As part of the TCVPA, Graphic Design students benefit from guest speakers, workshops, internship opportunities, and collaborative projects. Students also have access to state-of-the-art labs, studios, and equipment, and study abroad opportunities in more than 70 countries. 

The Graphic Design BFA is a limited access program consisting of 123 credit hours including the TTU Core Curriculum, 42-45 credit hours of Graphic Design courses, and 21-24 credit hours of art history and studio art electives. Major course examples include Advanced Graphic Design Process, Symbols, Publication Design, Web Nedia, Visual Systems, Typography, and Design in the Community. Elective examples include Fabrication, Advanced Digital Imaging, Experimental Printmaking, Advanced Life Drawing, Digital Imagine, and Experimental Photographic Arts.

During the final semester of the program, BFA students will complete Professional Practices in Graphic Design and Portfolio Development. These courses help prepare students for entry in the field through mock interviews, self-promotion strategies, portfolio development, and more.  

Graduates of the Graphic Design Program at Texas Tech University are Creative Directors, UX/UI Designers, Web Designers, Visual Communication Designers, Packaging Designers, Brand Managers, Exhibit Designers, Visual Content Managers, and Freelance Designers, among others. They for advertising agencies, in-house design departments in all industries, design studios, marketing firms, museums, to name a few.

TTU alumni work for or have worked with IBM, Nike, Wired, Fossil, The New York Times, AT&T, JC Penny, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Southwest Airlines, Fidelity, Paul Mitchell, Conde Nast Traveler, H-E-B, Refinery 29, Texas Monthly, and Dwell Magazine.

Texas Tech University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Founded in 1923, TTU opened as Texas Technological College (TTC) in 1925 with six buildings and 914 students. Today, the school serves more than 40,600 students, making it the largest comprehensive higher education institution in the western two-thirds of the State of Texas. Texas Tech University offers more than 150 academic programs in 13 colleges and through the eLearning Division.

21. University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma (Top 35% of schools considered)
University of Central Oklahoma

The College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD) at University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) houses the School of Design (UCO Design), which has a Graphic Design Program with BFA and Minor pathways. Established in 2001 and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), UCO Design also has a 60 credit hour Art MFA with heavy Graphic Design coursework. Typography Studio, History of Graphic Design I-III, Computer Graphics Studio, Design Studio I-III, and Illustration Studio are just a few course examples for this terminal degree program.

The UCO Design BFA Program consists of 124 credit hours, with 80 devoted to the major. Students will complete Design Foundations I-IV, History of Graphic Design I-III, Computer Graphics I-IV, Illustration I-III, Character Design, Environmental Illustration, Advertising Design, Sequential Illustration, Packaging Design, Ink Tank, and Advanced Letterpress, to name a few. 

To enhance the degree, students may take electives such as Bookmaking and Prototyping, Advanced Bookmaking, Design Entrepreneurship, the Design Apprenticeship and/or Study Tour in Design. Participation in the internship program is mandatory and students have the option to complete more than one work experience. During the last year of the program, students will complete the Advanced Portfolio Development course.

Graduates of the University of Central Oklahoma Graphic Design Program are prepared to pursue careers in Advertising, Web Design, Package Design, Print, and Book Design and Publishing, among others.

The University of Central Oklahoma is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Founded in 1890, UCO serves nearly 14,000 students enrolled in 119 undergraduate areas of study and 80 graduate programs at the main campus in Edmond and facilities throughout the metro area. Programs are offered in seven colleges and through UCO Connected.

22. New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico (Top 35% of colleges considered)
New Mexico State University

The College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University (NMSU) is the school’s largest college Housing 24 academic departments, every NMSU freshman and more than 6,000 majors, the College of Arts and Sciences is home to the Department of Art, which has several options for students interested in graphic design. At the undergraduate level, the Art Department houses a Studio Art Program with BA and BFA pathways. Both provide opportunities to study Graphic Design through interdisciplinary requirements, special and introductory topics, and electives.

At the graduate level, a Studio Art MFA is available that allows students to study Graphic Design, Media Arts, Printmaking, and more through electives. Students will have the opportunity to choose any area of focus for the Thesis Project. Other program benefits include visiting artists, University Art Gallery programming, studio visits, and interdisciplinary graduate seminars.

The New Mexico State University (Alamogordo) offers an AAS and a Certificate of Completion in Graphic Design. Courses for the AAS provide a foundation in digital art and technology, business, and marketing. Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in a many industries or they may enroll in a four-year art and design program.

The Certificate of Completion in Graphic Design is an 18 credit hour program that consists of the following courses: Design I, Desktop Publishing, Web Design I, Introduction to Illustrator, Digital Video Production, and Introduction to Digital Image Editing – Photoshop. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared for entry-level positions in Graphic Design.

Graduates of the BA, BFA and MFA Graphic Design Programs at NMSU are prepared to seek positions in Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations, Book Design and Publishing, App and Web Design, Branding, Packaging Design, Publication Design, and Exhibit Design, among others.

New Mexico State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Founded in 1888 as Las Cruces College, NMSU serves nearly 21,700 students across five campuses including the main campus in Las Cruces, and Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Dona Ana, and Grants, New Mexico. New Mexico State University offers more than 180 degree programs and thousands of majors across all campuses.

23. Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico (Top 35% of schools considered)
Eastern New Mexico University

The College of Fine Arts at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) houses the Department of Art, which provides a number of benefits for design students. Across programs, students enjoy small class sizes, courses taught by design professionals, and access to state-of-the art computer labs, video editing rooms, darkrooms, and studio spaces with after-hours open studios and lab time.

The Department of Art at ENMU has a Design BFA Program that explores drawing, 2D and 3D design, publication design, typography, motion graphics, illustration, web design, design history, photography, and portfolio preparation. Elective options provide additional opportunities to concentrate in a specific area, such as Graphic Design. Students must complete 120 credit hours to graduate from the program.

ENMU Design graduates are Graphic Designers, Illustrators, Art Directors, Web Designers, Promotions and Marketing Managers, Production Artists, Gallery Managers, Packaging Designers, and Advertising Designers, among others.

Recent Eastern New Mexico University BFA graduates have been hired at places such as Dodd Creative, Lockheed Martin, SAE Institute USA (NY), Harvard Business Publishing, PSA Worldwide, Teton Outfitters/Klim, Colorado Springs Gazette, and Brandmuscle.

Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). ENMU opened in 1934 as a two-year college. It is the youngest state university in New Mexico and the state’s largest regional comprehensive university. More than 60 associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs are accessible to nearly 5,000 students across a three-campus system—ENMU-Portales, ENMU-Roswell, and ENMU-Ruidoso.

24. Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma (Top 35% of colleges considered)
Oral Roberts University

The College of Arts & Cultural Studies at Oral Roberts University (ORU) houses a Graphic Design Program that follows the guidelines established by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).  Leading to a BFA in Art with a Graphic Design Specialization, the program covers core areas such as Drawing, Fundamentals and Art History, Motion Design, Typography, Digital Photography, Web Design, and Graphic Design. ORU BFA students will also complete an internship, senior project, and a final portfolio of their best work.

Graduates of the Oral Roberts University Graphic Design Program are prepared to pursue positions in Advertising, Brand Design, Graphic Design, Packaging Design, Book Design, Photography, Creative Direction, Public Relations, Marketing, User Experience Design, News and Magazine Layout, Animation, Web Design, and Education.

Oral Roberts University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The school was founded in 1963 by Christian Televangelist Granville Oral Roberts. Serving nearly 4,800 students, ORU offers more than 125 programs in the Colleges of Arts and Cultural Studies, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Science and Engineering, and Theology and Ministry.

25. University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada (Top 40% of schools considered)
University of Nevada Las Vegas

The College of Fine Arts at University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) houses the Department of Art, home to the Graphic Design & Media Program. Leading to a BS, the program requires 120 credit hours, with 69 in the Graphic Design & Media Major. Course requirements include Design Fundamentals I-III, Typography I-III, Survey of Art History I-III, Design & Media Studio I-III, Web and User Interface Design, and Advanced Graphic Design.

The UNLV BS Program curriculum allows for at least nine credit hours of electives, providing the opportunity to gain marketable skills in specific areas of Graphic Design. Examples include Publication Design, Digital Modeling, Illustration, Animation, and Motion Graphics. The Capstone course is the culminating experience for the Graphic Design & Media Program. Students typically complete this BS degree program in four years.

Graduates of the University of Nevada Las Vegas Graphic Design & Media Program are prepared for a variety of positions at design studios, advertising agencies, museums, marketing firms, publications, web design studios, publishing companies, animation, film and TV studios, public relations firms, creative agencies, and in-house design departments. Examples include Brand Manager, Packaging Designer, Communications Specialist, Web Designer, Advertising Designer, UI/UX Designer, Motion Graphics Designer, Multimedia Designer, Typographer, Publication Designer, Animator, Creative Director, Illustrator, and Environmental Designer.

University of Nevada Las Vegas is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). UNLV held its first classes on September 10, 1957 in a brand new 13,000-square-foot-building. Today, University of Nevada Las Vegas consists of more than 100 buildings spread across 350 acres. Serving nearly 31,000 students, University of Nevada Las Vegas offers more than 360 degree programs, including 40+ doctoral and professional programs. UNLV programs are housed in 16 major academic units.