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What are the best universities for potential graphic designers?

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Ana’s Answer


Hi Jaden,

Each of the schools mentioned in this thread are great. However, I also want to suggest that you think about where you'll feel most comfortable. I attended a university, mostly because it was a school with a great reputation and name recognition, but even during the touring process I never felt that it was the best place for me. I attended for three semesters then transferred to another school. As long as your passionate about the area you want to study, are a lifelong learner and join associations tied to your career interests, you'll be a success.

Julie’s Answer

Updated New York, New York

I've hired a number of graphic designers in creative agencies as well as in-house in corporations. The best talent can come from anywhere. I believe nurturing your curiosity and passion for learning new things--especially digital media--are really important. I would strongly consider the value of incorporating a rich basic subject curriculum to make sure your design passions can be enhanced by an understanding of the world in which they get realized and have impact. That can be liberal arts, business or sciences--whatever strikes your interest. If one is intent on focusing higher education with a design-oriented college or university, I have personally had good experience with people who have come through Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). We currently have a few such hires on staff with us now and they are top rate. There are many others as well and would encourage getting multiple views. Good luck!

Julie recommends the following next steps:

  • Follow graphic and creative design groups on social media channels.
  • Ask graphic design agencies or HR directors at those agencies what they recommend on this topic. Email or call and ask for 5 min of their time. Apply for internships or ask about internship process for high school or college students. Ask if they have volunteer opportunities.
  • Openly ask for someone in the graphic design community to serve as a mentor. Many young executives want experience at this and might love a willing mentee!
Thank you so much for your very useful tips.

Kimberly’s Answer

Updated Westborough, Massachusetts

There are several, excellent schools to learn graphic design, specifically in the Northeast areas of the US. Here are just a few:

  1. RISD (pronounced "ris-dee", this is the Rhode Island School of Design
  2. Parsons (also known as The New School in New York City)
  3. Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY)
  4. Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  5. School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  6. Cal Arts (California Institute of the Arts)

These schools can be very expensive but they all offer financial aid.

Kimberly recommends the following next steps:

  • When I was 16, I spent a summer at Parson's taking 4 courses. I was able to go on a full scholarship and am so happy I went. It gave me an opportunity to see what "college" was like without enrolling full-time. It was one of the most life-changing events I have ever experienced. I love NYC now!
Thank you. I will definitely take everything into consideration.