10 Top VA Approved Graphic Design Schools
Ten Top Graphic Design Schools that are GI Bill® Approved
Our world is becoming more media-centric and visually-oriented every year. A degree in Graphic Design can open a variety of doors. You can work in Digital Media, Advertising, Package Design, Publishing, and more. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Graphic Designers earn an average salary of over $50,000 annually. In addition to entering the traditional job market, you can also freelance, or go into business for yourself. If you choose a more independent path, one advantage you’ll have as a veteran is the ability to attract clients who are either veterans themselves, or support veteran-owned businesses.
Whether you want to study online or in a traditional setting, there are some top-notch programs. These schools accept the GI Bill and also happen to be Yellow Ribbon Schools. (The list below is alphabetical, not ranked).
California Baptist University
This university runs a flexible, industry-focused program. They have on-campus and online BA and Digital Media programs. Their practice-based approach and campus location connects them directly with professional organizations throughout Southern California. The program emphasizes best practices, latest technologies, ideation, craft, and business acumen, all of which are taught from a Christian worldview.
College for Creative Studies, Detroit
This high profile school offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Communication Design and Advertising Design. The school emphasizes a well-rounded curriculum, industry connections, and a high graduate employment rate. It also offers online learning.
This university offers online Associates and Bachelors degrees in Graphic Design. They emphasize applied skills and career preparation. According to their website as of November 10, 2020, their Graphic Design programs are not currently accepting applications. For more information about when the application process will re-open, please check back or contact the school directly.
Liberty University is an accredited Christian College in Lynchburg, Virginia. It offers both residential and 100% online Bachelors and Masters Graphic Design degrees. Its program emphasizes technical skills, production technology, conceptual thinking, and visual problem solving.
Kentucky Wesleyan College
This Graphic Design program offers both an accredited online program and on-campus classes held in the Art Department’s state-of-the-art computer lab. This college emphasizes providing students with a strong foundation in the fundamental skills and concepts in Art and Design, as well as the ongoing development of competitive student portfolios to enhance future job or graduate school applications. Their department offers a merit-based Art Talent Scholarships.
Laguna College of Art and Design
This University, located in Laguna Beach, California, offers Bachelors degrees in Graphic Design and Digital Media. Their award-winning program emphasizes small classes, conceptual thinking, and a multidisciplinary approach to visual problem solving. The program has a partnership with Sony Music.
Rhode Island School of Design
This comprehensive Graphic Design program offers accredited on-campus Bachelor’s and Masters degrees, as well as online certifications. RISD prides itself on pushing the boundaries of the discipline and preparing students to be effective visual communicators who are prepared to work in a wide spectrum of related fields.
Ringling College of Art and Design
This highly competitive program offers a faculty and student-run studio that delivers design solutions for actual clients. This program doesn’t offer distance learning. All classes are held on campus in Sarasota, Florida.
Savannah College of Art and Design
This school offers fully-accredited classes online and on-campus in both Savannah and Atlanta. The program emphasizes career readiness as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and signature networking events. The SCAD faculty is made of of award-winning professionals with years of industry experience.
Southern New Hampshire University
This college offers fully-accredited classes online as well as on its 300-acre campus in Manchester, New Hampshire. The degree includes classes in Media Arts as well as Graphic Design, and the school encourages Graphic Design students to enhance their educations with courses in business, psychology, technology, and other disciplines.
Here’s to turning your creative passion into a profitable profession!
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About the author
Caroline Sposto is a writer, actor, and the founder of Savvy Civility, an educational company that specializes in civilian role play training. She has a passion for the arts, education, and small business.