Art & Design is tough. Really tough. It is a constant competition to design something better. It is "thinking outside the box" so many times you've decided to forget the box altogether. Not to mention you will become a master at thriving with little to no sleep and develop thick skin from enduring brutal critiques.
So, why put yourself through this? Passion. When you put everything into a project and it’s ripped apart, you get more coffee, improve the design, and come back with an even greater masterpiece.
But if passion alone isn’t enough, how about this. Median salaries for the top 10 design careers surpassed $50,000*. Art & design jobs are also expected to increase by 7% over the next eight years*. With higher salaries than most majors and plenty of career avenues, art & design graduates are cashing in on their passions. Graduating from an art & design program is a difficult and competitive feat. But if you can do it, you will create a growing career where your computer battery is your only limit.*PayScale Salary Survey data
Whoever came up with the saying “location, location, location” must have been talking about USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Situated in the heart of Los Angeles, the university is near the corporate offices and production facilities of major motion picture, television, and interactive companies. This proximity helps to connect you to awesome internships and allows industry notables to drop in on classes. The school also is notorious for its help-a-fellow-Trojan mindset, allowing students remarkable access to alumni working in the area. Brian Grazer, George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, Judd Apatow, and Will Ferrell are just a few of the well-known graduates. Though it has the distinction of being the oldest film school in the nation (it was founded in 1929 in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences), USC’s School of Cinematic Arts is a mecca of state-of-the-art facilities that support the philosophy that people learn best by doing. Undergraduate programs include animation and digital arts, interactive entertainment, media arts and practice, writing for screen and television, film and television production, and critical studies. The school also awards a variety of master’s degrees and doctorates.
University of California-Los Angeles offers 21 Art and Design degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 417 Art and Design students graduated with students earning 239 Bachelor's degrees, 159 Master's degrees, and 19 Doctoral degrees.
California State University-Fullerton offers 11 Art and Design degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 491 Art and Design students graduated with students earning 450 Bachelor's degrees, and 41 Master's degrees.
University of California-Irvine offers 17 Art and Design degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 303 Art and Design students graduated with students earning 249 Bachelor's degrees, 44 Master's degrees, and 10 Doctoral degrees.
Art Center College of Design offers 8 Art and Design degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 184 Art and Design students graduated with students earning 149 Bachelor's degrees, and 35 Master's degrees.
Loyola Marymount University offers 9 Art and Design degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 286 Art and Design students graduated with students earning 237 Bachelor's degrees, and 49 Master's degrees.
California State University-Northridge offers 9 Art and Design degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 253 Art and Design students graduated with students earning 182 Bachelor's degrees, 70 Master's degrees, and 1 Certificate.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA||22 : 1||48,321|
|New York Film Academy Burbank, CA||13 : 1||1,892|
|University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA||21 : 1||44,371|
|California State University-Long Beach Long Beach, CA||36 : 1||38,674|
|California Institute of the Arts Valencia, CA||10 : 1||1,520|
|Los Angeles Film School Hollywood, CA||34 : 1||5,151|
|California State University-Fullerton Fullerton, CA||40 : 1||40,445|
|Chapman University Orange, CA||18 : 1||9,850|
|University of California-Irvine Irvine, CA||26 : 1||36,908|
|Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA||71 : 1||20,042|
|FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA||97 : 1||2,227|
|Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA||80 : 1||19,709|
|Art Center College of Design Pasadena, CA||17 : 1||2,335|
|Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA||16 : 1||9,822|
|Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles, CA||72 : 1||13,094|
|Los Angeles College of Music Pasadena, CA||32 : 1||288|
|Mt San Antonio College Walnut, CA||66 : 1||29,799|
|Santa Monica College Santa Monica, CA||78 : 1||27,497|
|Long Beach City College Long Beach, CA||74 : 1||24,127|
|Los Angeles City College Los Angeles, CA||80 : 1||14,937|