What is the top New Mexico graphic design schools for 2022?

Top Graphic Design School Programs in New Mexico - 2022 College Rankings
1New Mexico State UniversityLas Cruces
2Eastern New Mexico UniversityPortales

Our 2022 rankings of the top graphic design school programs in New Mexico. For an explanation of the ranking criteria, click here.

1. New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
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.

2. Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico
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.