What is the top Delaware graphic design schools for 2023?

Top Delaware Graphic Design School Programs - 2023 College Rankings
1University of DelawareNewark
2Delaware College of Art and DesignWilmington

Our 2023 ranking of the top graphic design school programs in Delaware. For an explanation of the ranking criteria, click here.

1. University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
University of Delaware

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at University of Delaware (UD) is home to the Department of Art & Design, which houses the Visual Communications BFA  (BFA-VC) Program. Designed for students seeking careers in Graphic Design, Advertising, Interaction Design, Motion Graphics, and Illustration, the program features immersive studio experiences, field trips, visiting artists and designers, internship opportunities, and study abroad experiences.

Consisting of 124 credit hours, the BFA-VC Program at UD begins with two years in Core Art and Design courses. Examples include Media/Design/Culture, and Core Photography, Typography, 3D Modeling, Interactive Media, Moving Images, and Painting. During the Junior and Senior years, students will complete 36 credit hours of BFA-VC courses. Examples include Design Methods, Experimental Typography, Design Contexts, Interaction Design, Typographic Methods, and Design Studio.

To enhance the degree and develop skills in other areas of art and design, students have the opportunity to select nine credits of electives. Examples include Advertising Design Methods, Letterpress Printing, Book Arts, Experimental Animation, Illustration Narrative, Art and Design for Games, Photographic Strategies, and Illustration Studio.

The Visual Communications BFA Program at University of Delaware culminates with the BFA Project and Exhibition. Students graduate with a polished portfolio of their work.

Founded in 1743, University of Delaware began as a small private academy. Today, UD is a state-assisted and privately governed land-, sea-, and space-grant university that serves approximately 24,040 students. The school provides more than 300 programs across 10 colleges and schools. University of Delaware is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

2. Delaware College of Art and Design, Wilmington, Delaware
Delaware College of Art and Design

The Graphic Design Program at Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) is multidisciplinary and immersive, with all students engaged in the same DCAD Core. With small class sizes and access to studios and the latest industry software, Program covers Design Skills, Typography, Visual Communication, Photography, Audience Awareness, Historical Theory, Problem-Solving, and Project Research.

The Graphic Design Program at Delaware College of Art and Design can be completed in two years, and leads to an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA). Graduates are prepared to enter a BFA program at a four-year university or pursue positions in Advertising, Design, Marketing, Publication Design, Publishing, and many other areas.

Established in 1997 by Corcoran College of Art and Design (DC) and Pratt Institute (NY), Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) is the state’s only art and design school. Serving approximately 100 students, this private school provides fast-track programs in Animation, Fine Arts, Game Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Photography & Video. Programs at DCAD lead to the Associate of Fine Arts Degree (AFA) and are transferrable to BFA programs. Delaware College of Art and Design is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).